“Ellen R said: 3 stars
High school can be a difficult time for many teens and it can be especially hard for those who are different. Tiny Cooper is anything but tiny; he is huge, over 6 feet tall and 'beefy' and on top of that he is gay. Tiny has no problem with his gayness as he tells everyone that he is 'fabulous' and his best friend Will Grayson agrees with him. They have been friends since little league days and Will has been Tiny's sounding board when Tiny goes through break-up after break-up looking for that one special guy. Tiny wants Will to have a relationship so he orchestrates a meeting between Will and Jane. Will fights his growing attraction to Jane because he doesn't want to feel the pain that Tiny has felt over and over again. During a night out in Chicago Will, Jane and Tiny meet an angry young man in an unexpected place and it turns out that his name is Will Grayson as well. Tiny and WG#2 find they have a lot in common and Tiny thinks he has finally met the one. Teenaged love stories never run smoothly and both Wills, Jane and Tiny will find their relationships tested and changing.
The story is told in alternating chapters by both Will Graysons and the 2 of them could not be more different. I would venture to guess that John Green wrote the Will #1 chapters and David Levithan the Will #2 chapters. That is only my opinion but having read two other books by Green I was appalled by the language and frank sex talk that permeated Will#2's pages. I have to say that it took away from my enjoyment of the book quite a bit. That being said it was a good story with a good message although I found the ending a bit unbelievable and convenient.
kairililly 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.
Sara W said: 3.5 Stars, rounded to 4
This novel is definitely young adult. In alternating chapters, each written by two different authors, we are introduced to two boys growing up in the Chicago area named Will Grayson. Circumstances conspire to bring them together, and we watch their lives change in subtle yet important ways over the period of a few weeks.
Let me start off by saying that there is some frank discussion of sexuality and crude language throughout these books. While this isn't a problem for me, if as a parent, it is something that bothers you, then you may want to read this novel yourself before letting your own child read it. I would have no problem giving this book to a 16 year old, but not much before that.
Will Grayson, definitely covers a lot of issues that teens today are facing, relationships, sex, depression, isolation, technology. It's all here. The two authors, Green and Leviathian, each wrote the story of two very different boys. WG 1 is shy and unsure of himself, striving to live life by two rules. WG2 is depressed and angry, practically friendless, and a closeted gay. It doesn't always work when you have multiple authors collaborating on a singular novel, but the two main characters are so different that I think it was almost necessary.
The show, however, was stolen by someone else, Tiny. Tiny is a giant behemooth of a boy, and gay as gay can get. He is WG1's best friend, and for a time WG2's boyfriend. He brings the whole story together and by the end of this book has become one of my favorite characters in a long time. His over-the-top personality was just so much fun, it would be impossible not to like him, and it certainly rubs off on the rest of the novel. Without Tiny, this would have been an average young adult coming-of-age story. Tiny elevates it something beyond ho-hum. He is the character that every book needs to make it something special.
LibraryCin 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.