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"Funny, rude and original" - NY Times,
This review is from: Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Paperback)
Truer words were never spoken.
Every once in a while, the perfect idea comes to the perfect pair of minds and is executed in the perfect manner about the perfect characters in a perfectly told plot, producing, in effect, the perfect book.
I cannot even begin to say how much I fell in love with every facet of this book. I started reading it 6 hours ago, and I have now finished it, and I wish I could have made it last a little bit longer.
The idea of two Will Grayson's randomly meeting was highly appealing to me, and I honestly thought there would be more to their meeting than the story actually had, but that didn't matter. Because the way Green and Levithan decided to spin it was absolutely fantastic and way better than I had imagined.
Again, the authors' knack for so brilliantly conveying a person's psyche is phenomenal. The thoughts, humour, struggle and emotions were very well displayed across all the characters, and they make each and every character so unique in their own way, that there is noway you wouldn't remember one of them. They are the kind of characters that stay with you long after the story's ended.
I read this book and I thought, they'd be crazy not to make an actual production out of it! It has all the elements to keep you reading until the very end - It is sarcastic, bitter, angry, emotional, hilarious, witty, sad, cute, and extremely clever - but what do you expect when you bring two genius writers such as John Green and David Levithan for a collaborative effort?
I loved the way they chose to showcase the contrast between the two Will Grayson's in such subtle mannerisms, where in one chapter Will is ranting about the stupid use of "lol", and then in the next chapter, the other Will uses "lol" in a conversation with Jane on Facebook. In another chapter Will is forced to sit through Austen's "Pride & Prejudice" with his mother, while the next chapter shows the other Will willingly - no pun intended - owning a copy of Austen's "Persuasion" in his bookshelf, and the way it's done is so cleverly interwoven in the text that its hilarious and perfect all at the same time.
Also, the scene when Will finds out the truth about Isaac was heartbreaking for me, it was a beautifully written scene by Levithan, and he was definitely able to bring out the emotions that Will was feeling at that moment so profoundly. I think there were very important and serious underlying - or maybe not so much underlying - issues throughout the overall plot of the story that allows it to have a stronger impact on you as a reader. Every person reading this story is bound to connect to one of the characters, ideas, thoughts, feelings etc. filling up the pages of this book. And I was no different.
The last scene was epic, and Tiny Cooper:
My name is not Will Grayson, but I definitely appreciate you.