Monday, 11 March 2013

Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson


Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green | David Levithan

Publisher: Penguin

Publication date: 10 May 2012

Format: Paperback - 352 pages

Genre: YA | Contemporary


Will Grayson,

Meet Will Grayson.

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.

My thoughts:

I'm having such trouble writing this review without being a huge fan girl. I always have this problem when I read a really good book - I can't wait to tell everybody about it, get really excited and then start gushing everywhere about how amazing this book is without actually saying anything of significance. This review probably won't make any sense…

Above all I adored the characters in this book. Every single one of them. They were all different, they all played their part in the story and they all developed in some way or another by the end of the book. They were really well rounded characters that I felt I grew to knew over the course of the book. I loved how relatable they were and how they all had their individual flaws from not being confident enough to speak out to defend others to pushing people away because they feel they don't deserve them. They didn't stand still long enough for me to ever get bored of them and for those characters who did something wrong, it was always acknowledged which I loved.

The plot was perfect for characters still in high school. It was all about identity and growing up like everyone does during those years. Everybody can relate to this story and learn from it in some way or another.

I also loved how depression was explained in this book. For someone who has experience with it, I loved reading what comes after diagnosis and not just dealing with the start. A lot of people have to live with it for a long time so to have one of the main characters mention it quite a bit here and there was really refreshing.

As usual I thought John Green's writing was amazing. It was the first time I had read something by David Levithan though and I thought he made another amazing Will Grayson. I loved the differences in the writing and how it reflected the personalities of the actual characters. 

Overall I love this book and it's definitely one I want to come back and read again and again. If you haven't read anything by John Green please give one of his books a go because you won't regret it. As for David Levithan, I can't wait to pick up another one of his books. The two authors complemented each other really well.

My rating: 10/10

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read this book a couple of weeks ago and OH MY GOD! It's so good! I find very easy to relate to both Wills, especially the friendship and depression matters. The writing differences between the two characters was so appopriate. You could really feel both personalities. And I really loved the ending. I was so ready to get my heart broken again by John Green, so I was expecting someting awful, but it was very heartwarming instead. Such an amazing book. It was my second by John Green and my first by David Levithan.