Will Grayson, Will Grayson Review

by John Green & David Levithan (Published April 6, 2010)



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 their 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 same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old- including the massive, and massively famous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire- Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

What I Liked:

She knew what she wanted and wasn’t going to let someone walk over her. She held herself well throughout the whole book. She handled stuff when and how they needed to be handled.
Most of the time. I related well with him; not because I’m gay, but because I feel like I fall in love easily. Of course, I haven’t dated as many guys as Tiny, but I understand his original concept of constantly falling in love at least, the way Will Grayson described it. A new guy every day. Also, Tiny was confident. He may have been “huge” and “super gay” but he knew he was fabulous. That’s how everyone should carry themselves. No matter what their flaws may be, because even Tiny admits he knows his own, everyone should embrace them and not care what anyone else thinks. But… Did we ever find out his real name?
Will Grayson’s Rule #1.
I do agree, life can go a lot smoother if you “Don’t care too much”. Caring too much can cause so much drama that you don’t need in life. Or it can cause you to be so petty about things that don’t actually matter. (Ex: caring about what other people think about the brand of clothing you wear.)
If you have not read the book yet, do not continue. Spoilers ahead.
Will Grayson’s Care For Tiny.
I mean, this boy cried for the first time since 7th birthday because he thought he best friend didn’t love him anymore. Or that he never loved him in the first place. If that’s not true love between friends, I don’t know what is.

What I Didn’t Like:

Tiny’s Lack of Care for Will Grayson.
Yeah, I know this was only for a short period of time. But it pissed me off that Tiny didn’t see how much it hurt Will when he didn’t seem to care about him. He just cared about his play, no matter how much it was hurting Will’s feelings. It hurts to be ignored, and I felt really bad for Will Grayson at that point.
But I don’t think I have to explain this one… If only Catfish: The TV Show, existed back then.

Overall Thoughts:

A book filled with 3-Dimensional characters and a great, coming together plot line. What could be better? Not much. Probably the best John Green book I’ve read (maybe due to the fact of “help”?)


5/5 stars. 9/10 stars.

Favorite Quote(s):

“‘weltzschmerz. it’s the depression you feel when the world as it is doesn’t line up with the world you think it should be.'” -(Tiny) pg. 302
“Tiny Cooper… the world’s largest person who is really, really gay…” -pg. 3
“1. Don’t care too much. 2. Shut up.” -(Will Grayson) pg. 5
“i am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.” – (will grasyon) pg. 22
“Denim sausage casings.” -pg. 42
“she has enough black eyeliner on to outline a corpse…” -pg. 59
“three cheers for straight girls who max out on helping guys.” -(will grasyon) pg. 228
“‘We’re not gay. We’re eight.‘” -(Little Will Grayson) pg. 287
“fucking witch ass bitch mussolini al-qaeda darth vader non-entity…” -(will grasyon) pg. 146

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