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Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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!!!

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Reading Theme: September 2016

Long time, no post…

These past few months have been insane with a cross-country move. Between cleaning, packing, cleaning, unpacking, traveling, directing movers on both ends of the spectrum, and organizing, it’s been little to no fun.

And don’t get me started on writer’s block headaches. Reading books/fanfics/stories is suffering as much as writing right now. Total doldrums.

I need to find my way out of this funk. Fast. Get myself back into a schedule. I figure the best way to do that is to assign September a reading theme. But what do I choose?

September 2015’s theme (also about the time I started these posts) was anything RomCom. I could always go for some romance. *happy sigh* A little love. Some laughs. Ever so sweet with enough tension to make you root for the MC’s to get together. And a little happy dance when they finally do. Warms my heart and soul to read those stories.

But, the RomCom theme is now on a Been There, Done That sort of status. I don’t mind doing it again because I loved it so much, but I need to broaden my reading horizons.

I thought about turning this into a “School’s Starting Up” sort of theme, tackling the classic of literature. Story trauma in Lit class keeps me from doing it full throttle, though. So I turn to the class reading lists of high schools today: The Princess Bride, Peter Pan, Will Grayson Will Grayson, The Giver, The Alchemist and others like those. (I’ve seen both the Hunger Games and Divergent series on lists, but I’ve already read those.)

If only I could find my missing box of books, I’d have more to add to this list…

*heavy sigh*

Anyway, I figure it’s a great place to start.

September 2016’s theme: Back to School Reading

Seems boring enough, but I’ve had some of these books on my TBR lists for years. This should be the motivation I need to get them read. I plan to, anyway. Who knows, maybe a romcom will sneak its way into the reading list for this month. Only time will tell.


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