Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

The pure and simple truth
Is rarely pure and never simple.
What’s a boy to do
When lies and truth are both sinful?

I understand why some people would be reluctant to read about two Will Graysons and “the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large.” It is a story that bravely delves into the painful process of finding and discovering one’s own sense of identity and being comfortable in the skin you were born with. Homosexuality is not a novel concept in young adult literature but it certainly still evokes mixed emotions from a multitude of readers.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson revolves around a typical guy in high school named Will Grayson, who is perpetually confused and perfectly contented with remaining invisible, and another Will Grayson, a poster child for depression, who is coming to terms with his own sexuality. In the center of the Twinkie is a gooey mad ball of energy and all-around gayness named Tiny Cooper, who directly distorts and affects the lives of the two protagonists and the people around them. On a random happenstance, the two Will Graysons meet and what follows is a mess of rainbows.

John Green and David Levithan, both prominent fixtures in young adult literature, have given authentic voices to their characters. As in all novels by both Green and Levithan, the characters come with their own set of quirks, personal baggage, flaws, interesting life experiences, and endless stream of creatively constructed swear words. Both authors have handled the narratives well by making use of alternating perspectives between the two central characters.

Ultimately, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a tale of falling in love, falling out of love, letting yourself fall, and not being afraid about the landing. It is essentially about acceptance and coming to terms with our own sense of individuality. It’s not perfect and the themes could have still been fleshed out and explored more. Still, it allows its readers to think and evaluate the way we view things. I understand why there would be reluctant readers but if you just pick up the book and continue reading it with an open mind, I’m sure you’ll find something to love about it.

This was a post by Hanna, who is eating chocolate porridge and listening to Esperanza Spalding on a lazy Sunday.

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

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