Friday, 28 March 2014

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green and David Levithan

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary,Glbt 

Published: May 10 2012, Walker Books

Pages: 308

Blurb: 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.

From reading the blurb of Will Grayson, Will Grayson you would think that when the two Will Grayson’s meet something would happen between them and how it then affected their lives, something does happen but it’s not how I pictured it. What really connects them together is Tiny and what brings them together in the end is Tiny’s play.

Tiny’s name is ironic in the sense he’s not tiny, he’s the opposite. People are fascinated by his size (Will Grayson’s obsession with him fitting into the seat behind him) however he’s very elegant in the way he moves, dances and sings. Tiny doesn`t have a barrier around his heart and he falls in love so many times or what he believes to be love. But there isn`t anything wrong with falling in love and I believe Tiny is incredibly brave to actually have the guts to fall in love and have his heart broken continuously. You also feel pity for him because people say things about him and he has to act like these words don`t affect him; people commenting on his size, his sexuality and the way he expresses himself. Tiny is honest and not the greatest friend to Will Grayson but he does realise his mistakes especially when he changes what the play is about, not about himself but instead about love.

Will Grayson (1) is kind of bland because there’s nothing special about him. In the beginning of the book he’s complaining about Tiny and the effect he’s had on his social life. Later on he gets angry and sad at the way he’s always the back up for Tiny and lastly he confesses his love for Tiny in a friendship kind of way. He does have his drama with Jane who he likes but won’t have a relationship with and then when she is dating someone else he’s interested in her. I like how Jane and Will Grayson’s (1) relationship was different to Tiny’s and Will Grayson’s (2) as it was slower and more developed than the latter. It was sweet how Will Grayson (1) picked up the small things about Jane and how he was the one to confront Tiny about their behaviour to each other.

Will Grayson (2) was different to Will Grayson (1) because he was darker and moodier than Will Grayson (1). What Maura does to Will Grayson (2) is shitty, when you play on someone’s feelings just to get them to be with you. It’s just wrong! Will Grayson (2) goes through a lot of changes when he meets Tiny, he comes out with his sexuality, and he makes a true friend and is honest to his mother. Will Grayson mostly keeps to himself and he has no inner belief which leads to him breaking up with Tiny. He is selfish to think that Tiny hasn’t been through anything as worse as himself and when Tiny leaves he doesn`t tell him the truth. Through what he does in the ending it sweet and thoughtful.

Tiny’s play is something that brought together so many people and it showcased how many people Tiny loved and thought he had loved. The ending of the book was cute in the sense that different Will Grayson’s made appearances and showed their support for Tiny and finally even though the relationship for Will Grayson (2) and Tiny wasn`t properly shown to have been back on sometimes actions speak louder than words.          

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