I finished this a week ago, and I’m still sitting in awe and thinking about this story.
The tale of two Will Graysons.
One is straight, in sort like with Jane, and has Tiny Cooper–though he’s not so tiny–as a best friend. High school is just this random series of events with maybe friends. It’s boring. He’s uninterested. Let’s face it. Will Grayson is just trying to make it.
One is gay, in love with a guy online, and hating his very existence in the world. He’s dealing with depression in more than one way. Will Grayson is trying to make it. But let’s say he’s suffering in pure hell.
Then one fateful night in Chicago, Will Grayson meets Will Grayson in a porn shop. And the story just goes from there.
It’s a pure yin and yang with the Wills. When one is up, the other is down. One in, one out. For all of their opposites, the pair are more alike than anything. The story was great to read, but so tough in some parts. Tears, laughter, the inability to put the book down–check, check, and check. It’s all there emotionally for me.
And one of the best parts of the story was the story within: Tiny Cooper’s musical–Hold Me Closer. (Which is now a related book by Levithan!) It wove through both Will Grayson’s lives and really shined. Only because of Tiny…That’s one character I would LOVE to meet in real life. Just to experience the over-the-top, larger-than-life, everything-is-sunny sort of person Tiny is. (Which is in severe contrast to both Wills)
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to anyone high school and beyond. It’s definitely one of the best Levithan reads I’ve finished so far. (And I swear I’m not saying all of this because David Levithan is one of my favorite authors.)
*A BACK TO SCHOOL READ ~ SEPTEMBER 2016* Glad I finally read this one!!!