“kairilily said: 4 stars
This is the story of two teenagers named Will Grayson. Will Grayson #1 is pretty much a normal teenager with normal teenage problems. The thing that stands out most about him is his larger than life gay best friend, Tiny Cooper. Will Grayson #2 has no real friends. He's depressed to the point where he has to be medicated. He's dark and brooding and thinks about dying a lot. A chance meeting one night will change the two Will Graysons lives forever.
I find it interesting that each Will Grayson was written by a different author. I liked that it was done this way and think it made each voice more authentic. Tiny Cooper made the story though. He was just larger than life in every way. You couldn't help but love him even if he was a bit annoying sometimes. So as not to give anything away, let's just say this is a story about love, friendship, and acceptance. It's written for teenagers and that is obvious. However, I have some friends that would have some real issues giving this book to their teenagers. There is bad language, underage drinking, talk about masturbation and sex, and of course the sexuality aspect. I don't have a problem with this and think these are things that normal teenagers deal with everyday and would give this to my stepson to read if he was was interested. I just wanted to put it out there for those that do have issues with the content.
anarresa said: 4 stars
Will Grayson is a quiet, average Chicago high school student from a normal family whose life is mostly defined by his best friend Tiny Cooper. Tiny is a 300+ pound flamboyantly gay football star who is constantly falling in and out of love. Currently Tiny is writing an autobiographical musical, Tiny Dancer, perhaps the gayest musical of all time. Will's narration focuses on his evolving friendship with Tiny and budding romance with classmate Jane during the production of this musical.
Will Grayson is also the name of a suburban Illinois high school student with a caring but overworked single mother, a drug-managed depression and only one real-life quasi-friend, Maura. Maura is a needy, self-absorbed goth girl who may be trying to form a romantic relationship with Will but he really only wants to spend time with Isaac, an online friend with whom he wants to start a romantic relationship. This Will's narration, in all lowercase instant message/texting style, focuses on these issues.
Each Will is written by one of the authors so they have very distinct voices and the chapters alternate so despite their identical names there is almost no chance of confusing the Wills.
High school students and their overly dramatic relationships normally annoy me, in real life or fiction, and I will continue to dislike young adult novels in general, but this one was delightful. The characters were quirky but realistic, the situations outrageous yet amusing, the feelings honest and believable, but I think I enjoyed the novel because it was short. Less than 200 pages means every scene needs to be concise and relevant and we can't drown in teenage emotion. If you are a fan of coming-of-age novels this is a charming addition to the genre.
LibraryCin said: 4.75 stars
Tiny Cooper is a very large, very gay teenage boy. Will Grayson (#1) is his best friend. Will Grayson (#2) has a bit of an attitude, and is also gay (though he hasn't yet told anyone). WG#2 has been chatting with Isaac online for quite a while now. When WG#2 and Isaac decide to meet in person, WG#2 is brought together with WG#1 and Tiny, and all their lives are changed.
I listened to the audio book. The book is told by alternating points of view of the two Will Graysons, although Tiny is a big presence in the book, and probably just as much a main character. The audio had different narrators for each Will Grayson, so it was fairly easy to follow. There were songs in this book (Tiny was producing a musical), and I don't remember if both WGs sang or just WG#1, but the singing voice(s) were very nice. That's an added bonus with audio books. When I'm reading, I'm more likely to skim poetry or lyrics to a song, but sung in the audio, I actually pay more attention.
I loved Tiny (though if I knew him in real life, I would probably go back and forth between loving him and him getting on my nerves!). I didn't much like WG#2, in particular at the start of the book. Overall, though, the book was really, really good (4.5 stars from me). An extra .25 for the amazing narrators, as well. I know my review isn't giving this book justice. I really don't rate books this high very often. This book will make my favourites for the year, no question about it.
Ladyslott said: ★★★★★ & ♥
I loved, loved, loved this book. I don’t even know how to review it except to say I loved it. But I’ll try and put it into words.
First let me say that I was introduced to John Green by my Nerdfighter daughter. She kept telling me I had to read him and so I picked up The Fault in Our Stars and I fell in love. So when a few fellow reader friends started talking up this book I picked it up and I am so happy I did.
Will Grayson is a fairly typical teenager, trying to figure life out but also trying to distance himself from people as a form of protection – don’t get too close and you can’t get hurt. His closest friend is Tiny Cooper, his nickname an oxymoron because he is anything but Tiny. And he is proudly, flamboyantly and over the top Gay – with a capital G. He is also the very heart and soul of this book. Unbeknownst to Will Grayson there is another Will Grayson out there (OWG). He is also a teenager, but with serious identity and emotional problems, trying to deal with depression and thoughts of suicide. One night a very cruel joke is played on OWG and he crosses paths with Will Grayson. This meeting has consequences good and bad that reverberate through their lives over the course of the next few months as Tiny Cooper tries to stage the “Biggest, Gayest Musical” ever.
I know it sounds a little bizarre but it’s not. It is a book about growing up, growing pains, falling in love, friendship and its ups and downs. It is full of heart and full of laughs and full of pain. But it is ultimately uplifting. And all I can say is that everyone should have a Tiny Cooper in their life.
I read and listened to this at the same time (Whispersync) and loved the audio so much I stopped reading the book. The narration was perfect and it had the added bonus of hearing the songs in Tiny’s show.”