View Full Version : Will Grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Leviathan
08-04-2011, 04:29 PM
Will Grayson, will grayson is the brainchild of authors’ John Green and David Leviathan. All the odd chapters are written by John Green and the even ones by Leviathan.
The story revolves around two Will Grayson whose lives suddenly converge in a porn shop (I think this is the best way to entice readers to reading the book). After this seemingly fated meeting, their lives suddenly change drastically as will grayson meets Tiny, an extravagant personage whose personality matches his huge exterior.
Ok what I have liked about the book is the large number of casts and their overlapping personalities. Every single one of them has one defining aspect that they keep while feeling a huge array of emotions. This makes the emotional punch of the novel really good, especially towards the end. However, a problem also persists along this as the chapter 2 will grayson (no capitals) is so mind-numbingly annoying in the first half of the chapter. He simply can’t stop whining about his terrible life and such, fortunately though that this somewhat stops as he becomes more developed as the story progresses. Another complaint of mine is the labeling of the characters. Yes, they have defining aspects in them, but some of them are just clichés, stereotype of the type of person they’re portraying. Indeed, Maya for example, is the typical Goth girl who does not go beyond her goth attitude. Her character is so one-dimensional that her presence is annoying!
Another good aspect of the novel is its writing. Never mind the lack of capitalizations in the even chapters (those do symbolize something), the style of writing is clear, understandable, and most importantly: not lazy. It does not drag on and keeps itself fresh.
Overall, if you want a 21st century YA slice-of-life fiction, then I strongly recommend to you this novel.
08-04-2011, 08:54 PM
I agree with everything you just said. If we lined them up and examined them, I think John Green had the better characters, by far. Though that might be because I am in love with that man. So I'm biased.
But yeah, an amazing book. I loved every page of it. It is well worth your time.
p.s. you should go out and buy everything John Green has ever written. Now. Starting with Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska.
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