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310 pages, Hardcover
First published April 6, 2010
Basically, 300+ pages of a cutzy gay musical.
First, as with so many books about teenagers, the teenagers really don't act much like teenagers. It seems most adult authors have forgotten what it was like to be a teenager. I never found myself relating or caring for any of the characters. There are some funny moments that brought a smile to my face. The ending I thought was a bit too contrived and unrealistic.
I'm not sure about other high schools but I know the one I recently graduated from would never have supported a "gay" themed musical. Even if the administration would have said yes to it, no students would have tried out for it. To have done so would have meant being bullied for the rest of their school career. It's a nice dream but still a dream.
It’s an okay book but not really something I would recommend.
It's the belief, not the words, that mean everything.One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths.
Reality is the anvil.The unfeeling and cloesd-off Will Grayson¹, waiting outside a Maybe Dead Cats concert for his theatre lover best friend, Tiny Cooper, and Jane Turner, the girl with the bad music taste.
the things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you in the end.and the depressed and angry will grayson², walking into a porn store (with great horror) waiting for his to-be boyfriend, isaac.
“It's hard to believe in coincidences, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.”Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage (♪)
Though I've been completely knocked off course,Will Grayson, Will Grayson debuted on The New York Times children's best-seller list after its release and remained there for three weeks! It was the first LGBT-themed young adult novel to make it to that list, with multiple awards and nominations :)
I'm not getting off my faithful horse!
It wasn't you, it's true,
but there's more to life than you.
Why try to hide it?John Green and David Levithan started writing the first chapters separately, with no idea what the other person was writing!
What good would that do?
I was born this way
And if you don't like it
That says more about you
“it is so hard to accept that life is falling. falling and landing and falling and landing. i agree it's not ideal. i agree.”What this book is about: It is about how another person can unlock—often inadvertently—the potential of your personality.
he may be heavy, but right now he floats.And while I'm not a high school story fan, John Green has always managed to pull it off; and so in this book, even when things got too teenager-y (a type I rarely read), it was so hilarious and ridiculous and I just kept reading for amusement of it!
God, I swear I will take a vow of silence and move to a monastery and worship you for all my days if you just this once provide me with an invisibility cloak, come on come on, please please invisibility cloak now now now.Also, masterfully tied to a scientific fact (as John Green does in his books), being Shrödinger's cat :) I think he is the best person to explain his intention:
i am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me. those seem to be the only choices. everything else is just killing time.but what's really unique about his writing is how utterly he can enter the mind of someone with major depression.
when things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. it's because a little piece gets lost–the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. the whole shape has changed.i wasn't used to Levithan's writing at the beginning, but i got over it soon and enjoyed his half of the book!
“If you can't trust your gut then what can you trust?”His gay—and sometimes—best friend is the exact opposite; Tiny Cooper is the definition of caring and loud! And also probably the most interesting character of the whole book!
“You can trust that caring, as a rule, ends poorly.”
i am a pinless grenade over the world being cruel. but every time i'm proven wrong, that pin goes in a little more.but, there's an exception to his attitude against the world; isaac. you see, will² is gay but no one knows, and it's not because he's afraid of coming out. he just doesn't care for people enough to think it's important for them to know. he just doesn't think it's their business and doesn't want to talk at all about himself to people.
I think about how much depends upon a best friend. When you wake up in the morning you swing your legs out off bed and you put your feet on the ground and you stand up. You don't scoot to the edge of the bed and look down to make sure the floor is there. The floor is always there. Until it's not.John Green amazes me yet again with his manouvers on friendship!
me: you know what sucks about love?david levithan's other relationships were enjoyable, but nothing more than that. they could've been better written, hmmm :(
me: that it's so tied to truth.
Life's too short to read a shitty book. If, at 25% into a book, you still fucking hate it, then it is the responsibility of the reader to end such a book (or, in this case, put it the fuck down, because you deserve better than that) before you end yourself. I was once the type that believed you should always push through and finish ever book you read, no matter how fucking awful it really is. Maybe it'll get better. But you know what? I cannot see anything that could possibly save this work of fiction.
Let's start with Will #1; boring as hell, and a cardboard cutout John Green boy—melancholic and pretentious. He has no chemistry with Plain Jane, and I mean absolutely fucking none, and yet somehow they're still WILDLY attracted to one another; i.e., pretentious John Green Boy falls for mysterious, indie-loving John Green Girl. It's not like we've all read that one four times before or anything. And then there's Tiny Cooper. Maybe Mr. Green thought he could erase all the other boring, inaccurate stereotypes he pumped into Tiny by making him huge and on the football team, but the gay stereotypes were still fucking exhausting. Tiny was so self-obsessed and cliché that I hated him right from the get-go, as well as all the other boring-as-fuck characters from Green's chapters.
And then there's Will #2.
This is my first encounter with David Levithan, and it was a horrible one; I have a bad taste in my mouth reading this piece of shit, and I hesitate to read another book by him. Maybe in the future, I'll try his work out, but I am not looking forward to it.
For those who haven't read this shit book, Will #2 is a whiny, edgy, obnoxious-as-HELL little bitch who can be summarized as this: a modern Holden Caulfield x 10, and then add the phrase "2 edgy 5 me." He's supposedly depressed, but Levithan's writing is so fucking offensive to my eyes and my brain that I almost closed this fucking book during chapter two, when I first met his character. Talk about a fucking pissbaby jackoff. What a little fucking asshole. There's absolutely NOTHING to like about the little shithead. He's a dick to his mom, a bully to his friends, and we're supposed to love him because, what? He's depressed? He's gay? Yeah, sorry. Will #2 can go fuck himself.
Basically, this book is shit and I hate it. I'm certain that the only reason it's got such a high rating is because John Green fangirls are deluded into thinking he's nothing short of a god of literature, and I hate to break it to them, but he's not. He's so far from it. If you read this, don't say I didn't warn your ass.