YA perfection arrives in the form of Will Grayson Will Grayson. Two of this generation’s most popular young adult authors, John Green and David Lavithan, join forces to tell the story of two very different boys whose paths cross in a very unlikely location thanks to the fact that they have the same name.
This seemingly coincidental encounter effects each of them in ways that they didn’t think possible. The story is told in alternative chapters from each of the Wills’ point of view. The first Will Grayson we are introduced to feels shadowed by his flamboyant (and giant!) best friend Tiny Cooper.
Whereas the second Will (or lowercase will) is extremely lonely. It’s quite obvious that he is struggling with depression without it being explicitly detailed. One of Will’s most defining features is that he types everything in lower case and dialogue reads like an internet chat room rather than a real-life conversation, even when scenes take place beyond a computer screen.
When I first picked up this book I was expecting the two Wills to become best friend and go on some sort of wild adventure together but it didn’t quite happen that way. However, despite the fact that they never become close, or anything more than acquaintances, they completely change each others perspective and learn a lot about themselves along the way.
I must admit, Tiny Cooper made the entire book for me. He’s big, loud, brass and faaaaaaabulous. He spends the entire book planning the world’s biggest and gayest musical about his life entitled, Tiny Dancer: The Tiny Cooper Story. There’s one musical number in particular where all of his ex boyfriends line up and have a little song and dance about Tiny’s compulsive dating habit.
But, don’t go thinking that he’s a gay stereotype. Throughout the book you start to see his sunny disposition and louder-than-life personality slowly chip away to reveal some very real issues which made me fall in love with him even more.
Will Grayson Will Grayson is not short on heart and laughter but also points out a lot of deeper and darker issues that many teenagers have to face on a daily basis. I’d be surprised if the film/stage rights haven’t snapped up for this as I think it would make an amazing show!