2010. 70. Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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When I was little my dad used to tell me, "Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose."

Will Grayson, Will Grayson, David Leviathan & John Green

         Another fun YA book that came to me via foreveryoungadult.com - though this one I might have found on my own, as I’ve now read the entire John Green oeuvre, and this is my second David Leviathan book, too.  The premise is a clever one - two boys, each named Will Grayson narrate subsequent chapters.  They start out strangers, each as different as could be (one straight, one gay, one chipper, one depressed, etc.), but their lives begin to interact through the magic of Tiny Cooper (the world’s most fabulous gay teenager, who is best friends with one Will and dates the other).  

        The book is pretty fun (Tiny Cooper is one of the great characters), and the plot and themes are realistic (dealing with depression, with loneliness, with teenage relationship) without being super super depressing.  My one quibble is that I just prefer the way that John Green writes to the way that David Leviathan writes, so I found myself being more interested in the straight Will Grayson - even though the gay Will Grayson had objectively the more interesting plot.  But that is a minor complaint - both parts were good - Green is just more in my wheelhouse.

Categories:  Fiction, YA, Library Book

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