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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

It's not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the sa
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Hardcover, 310 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Dutton Books
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Roz Gibson In my edition of the book Levithan says that he used the lower case in his chapters because will 'is a lowercase person. His whole self image is what…moreIn my edition of the book Levithan says that he used the lower case in his chapters because will 'is a lowercase person. His whole self image is what he projects in that space, and his one comfortable form of communication is when he's anonymous and sending instant messages.' (less)
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John wrote the formalised, proper version of Will Grayson and David wrote the lowercase Will Grayson.
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Lola
*3.5 stars*

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Two teenagers, both named Will Grayson, coincidentally meet at a much unexpected place.

And their life will never be the same again.

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One is shy and doesn’t want to be in a relationship. The other has depression and seeks love…in Isaac. But, is finding love on the internet the right thing? Could it be that Isaac may not be who he claims to be?

It was an emotional but also full of life read. Containing the kind of atmosphere that can make you smile but also cry at the very same moment.

The
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Lyndsey
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grumblecakes and the people who love them
Recommended to Lyndsey by: Phil Rayson


I have no idea what other book I could compare with Will Grayson, Will Grayson. For some reason, I got a very strong sci-fi vibe from the synopsis of this book. The cover itself just screams alternate universes. But nothing like that was involved. It was just two guys in the same ol' regular universe who meet under unusual circumstances. No speculative elements involved. But I still loved it!! Imagine that.

Content warning for this book: Strong (yet hilarious) language including sexual references
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Tatiana
Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like John Green and/or David Levithan
Shelves: 2011, ya
3.5 stars

I am glad David Levithan joined John Green to create this story, because clearly Green is unable to write any other characters different from what he had already offered in Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines. His Will Grayson is the same old nerdy, too eloquent boy who is into a smart, attractive, and slightly pretentious girl. Green simply cannot move on to any other ensemble.

Levithan's Will Grayson, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air with a whiff
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Jun 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, mlis
Assigned reading for MLIS 7421: Multicultural Youth Literature.

I'm calling it quits on this one early. This is not even remotely enjoyable for me. It starts out with a bad tone as one of the Wills keeps fat-shaming Tiny (who, according to JG's website, is the *actual* main character), and then it just goes downhill so fast. The only thing I liked about the pages that I read was the Neutral Milk Hotel referencing, but even that is slightly ruined by how Manic Pixie John's writing manages to make
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Ryan
DNF at 24%

Alternate title for Will Grayson, Will Grayson: Disappointment, Disappointment.

John Green,

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I thought we had a thing going. You write incredible heart-wrenching books, and I cry about them and recommend them to everyone in existence. So what the hell happened with this?

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I said in my review of Eleanor & Park that never have I ever been so glad to check a book out from the library. You can just go ahead and scratch that now. I'm happier that I got this from the library.

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In the first
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Megs ♥
Oct 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-2012-reads, e-books

This book is one that I'm having a hard time rating. It's nothing to do with the fact that the book is written by two authors and I would split up the writing or anything like that. I found that their writing blended well together, and although I found one Will more fun to read about than another I don't think it had to do with the writing really. I've read many other reviews where people liked the other Will more so that doesn't really matter. It's just that although this book has the usual hum
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Rae
Nov 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-to-read
artificially inflated by the greens' ubiquitous little girl empire. for christ's sake, hamlet only has a 3.9.

the feeling you get when you realize you've just wasted time and energy you could've spent reading one of infinitely many worthwhile books on something that has left you no richer for the wear is absolutely crushing. i read it over two days, first in the evening before picking it up again in the morning. when i fisnished, i threw it across the room and went back to sleep.
Emily May
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, young-adult


I really liked the idea of this book, having two authors create a character each and alternate their points of view throughout the novel. For me it was an entirely different kind of experience and the two authors have such unique styles that I would say it is definitely something everyone should read. It's a story about two teenage boys, both of which are called Will Grayson. They could hardly be more different, there lives have almost nothing in common... until one night when circumstances le
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Elyse Walters
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrific ---one that adults could spend time together discussing.....(high or low rating, there are topics worthy of discussion in this book)
Sixteen year olds may enjoy this book - but I think the deeper insights might be more appreciated when older. There are already 15, 300 reviews ....
I read two: ( 2 years ago), by Larry Hoffer, and Glenn Sumi. Larry's review was contagious and Glenn's thought provoking.

With the recent floods in San Jose-an ongoing reminder for Paul and I - as
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Arlene
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow! What did I just finish reading? I don't know whether to cringe, cry, walk away baffled, or sing from the top of the mountain in a musical-esque crescendo BRILLIANT! The writing was refreshing, edgy, raw, and offensive at times but never off the mark.

Okay, how do I explain this book without mucking it up? Here is my attempt: Truly a honest and thought-provoking portrayal of two very confused and angsty teenage boys, both named Will Grayson who are just trying to figure out who they are and
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Julio Genao
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: My mother.
Recommended to Julio by: Lenore
Remarkable both for its polished wit and intense compassion, this is a story about three things: honesty, bravery—and Tiny Cooper.

Mostly Tiny Cooper, though. He's the comma between the dumbass Graysons, y'see.

Extravagantly emotional even in its hipster self-possession, this thing runs deep and wide, and I don't think you have to stagger up and out from the last line on the last page in the last minute of the last hour before dawn, sobbing in snot-nosed catharsis and joy and hope, to receive the
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Limonessa
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I'm kind of ashamed to give this book such a poor rating because, clearly, everybody else liked it. I wouldn't even have given it 2 stars if not for the fact that it made laugh a couple of times.
I think this book is SO not for me.
First off, I'm not quite sure why it's called Will Grayson, Will Grayson because, clearly again, this book is not about either Wills. It's about Tiny Cooper, a humongous, self-centered, selfish, loud and super clichéd gay guy. This guy is so self-centered that the plo
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Ami
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ami by: Weasel (Daniel)
Livre, je t'adore ....



Took me awhile to think about what I wanted to write -- but at the same time, everybody else on friends list have done a GREAT job with their own review. So I don't know if I can add more and I'm not sure that I CAN do a better job. All I can say is ...

+ Emotions. This book made me feel A LOT OF EMOTIONS. I was happy, I was entertained, I was pissed-off mad and was ready for MURDERING ONE FICTIONAL CHARACTER(!!!!), I was touched, I was sad (*sniff*), and in the end, I was
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Emer (A Little Haze)
Utterly irreverent.
Laugh out loud humour.
At times very moving!
"NO. No no no. I don’t want to screw you. I just love you. When did who you want to screw become the whole game? Since when is the person you want to screw the only person you get to love? It’s so stupid! I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it’s the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whet
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emily
Aug 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Nope; I definitely did not like this book. I found it boring, bland and just pointless. Sure, the characters were interesting and unique, but I just found myself really struggling with motivation to read it. In fact, I stopped reading it completely. I don't recommend it.
Kyle
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 wou

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Jenn
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Debbie
Recommended to Jenn by: Everyone
So, this is one of those books where I won’t read the lower rated reviews, which I almost always do either before or after reading a book. The reason I won’t for this book is because it touched something so deeply personal that I think I might feel like I’m reading about someone that doesn’t understand me.

I’ll never review this book as well as it could be, but read the sample and if it doesn’t immediately draw you in, you might never ever relate to it. If you do enjoy it, it only gets better and
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Mary S. R.
3.75 STARS! a witty and rude, fascinating and heartwarming, magically musical and original young adult tale of friendship and identity [♪]
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 Grayson, 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 fo
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
You know how people say so and so is a "force of nature" and people usually take notice but then you see/read/meet said "force of nature" and really they're just a loud talker who's kinda bossy and then you feel let down?

Well, I'm here to tell you Tiny Cooper is a bonafide force of nature!

Tiny Cooper, who in fact, is not tiny. At all. The dude is gigantor. He is a loud talker but he's also magnetic in that tractor beam sort of way that attracts everyone around him to orbit his Tiny Cooper planet
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Alex
Jan 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
This is a book that very distinctly was not written for me. Hip high school students try to figure out if they care for one another while a fat gay kid writes a musical about his life while also trying to date a boy who has the same name as his best friend.

By two authors writing alternate chapters, this is more than a generically bad book. Every second chapter is written entirely in lower case, and that character is so possessed by his self-loathing and misanthropy that there is nothing to recom
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Garima
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-2-cents
Well, firstly, the Title of this book should be “Will, Tiny, Will”, as clearly Mr. Tiny Cooper is having, just like his physical persona, a huge presence in the lives of both Wills. I started this book by accusing John Green of having written the character of Will Grayson *First* similar to that of Holden from Catcher in the Rye but accusation soon faded away as the story proceeded. The book is hilarious in capital letters on many occasions that earn it an extra rating point but on a whole you f ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
DNFed this around 100 pages in. This was actually my second attempt to push through this book, after a failed attempt last year at camp. I think it's clear at this point that this book wasn't for me.

To get something out of the way: Levithan's character actually interested me to some degree. He's a little too emo, maybe, but definitely not your average ya protagonist. My problem with this half of the book is completely personal, yet took away any possibility of enjoyment for me. Everything is in
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Lucy
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Keertana
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
what do i say about Will Grayson, Will Grayson that hasn't already been said before? on one hand, i am well aware that this novel has its fair share of flaws. i'll be the first to admit that john green writes very formulaic characters, from his dorky male single-child protagonist to the manic pixie dream girl he falls in love with. i'll also admit that the characters in Will Grayson, Will Grayson are often annoying, flawed, and highly irritating. its narrative style may grate on some readers, it ...more
Glenn Sumi
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
It’s been a really busy, stressful week, so I thought I’d relax with this book co-written by YA superstars John Green ( The Fault In Our Stars , Paper Towns , etc.) and David Levithan (Every Day, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist). A bunch of friends IRL and on here have raved about it, and I liked the premise.

Two teenagers named Will Grayson live in different Chicago suburbs. They don’t know each other. One Will is straight, is being raised by two concerned, professional parents and doesn’
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Laura
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kickass-ya-dads
There have been so many drafts of this review. SO many! Every single one seems to involve me rambling on and on, so my apologies in advance. :)

John Green and David Levithan team up to write this colorful, energetic wonder of a tale chock full of love and music. A story of when one Will Grayson met another will grayson and how they impacted each other’s lives and the ones around them.

I might as well cop to it now—I am a Levithan girl. I adore the man. He has word skills, people! His words, charac
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


Audiobook nirvana!

I loved listening to "Will Grayson, Will Grayson". The narrators were perfection, managing to sound kind of age appropriate and also doing the inflections, the feels, to a "T". A fabulous listen, audio lovers. A must buy.

In terms of the story, I started off liking John Green's Will Grayson more. I haven't read any John Green before, so I found his MC to be really enjoyable. You know, the kind of nerdy, quiet, emo guy that I have a huge soft spot for. But I loved how John Gree
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Taylor
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: glbt, made-me-lawl
At some point, maybe two years ago, I decided I no longer wanted to read YA. I thought I'm too old for this shit, it's boring, there's no sex, bleh, whatever. And even while some people ranted and raved about this one (ahem, Weasel) I still thought nope! Not for me.

Then, I find myself in Barnes and Noble picking up a couple new books. I go to check out at the register, and I see Will Grayson, Will Grayson sitting behind the counter, catching my eye with its pretty, shiny cover and looking sadly
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Madeline
Jul 12, 2010 rated it liked it
As I did with my Anna Karenina review, my rating of this book is actually an average of several ratings that this story earned as I read it. To be specific, I would give half of this book 2 stars, and the other half 4 stars.

So the basic idea here is that there are two teenage boys named Will Grayson, and their lives intersect about a third into the book. The two Will Graysons alternate chapters, and the alternating chapters are written by two different authors (John Green and David Levithan). F
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Perhaps Tiny Cooper is the more appropriate title because this book is really about two boys who have the same name (Will Grayson) and their connection to Tiny Cooper. Having said this, I admit that I really enjoyed reading this book. It is hard to comprehend how a book can become a musical but this book made that possible.
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John Green's first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New
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