Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

My Rating = 2.5 / 5

Goodreads summary:

Will Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.
It’s not that far from Evanston to Naperville, but Chicago suburbanites Will Grayson and Will Grayson might as well live on different planets. When fate delivers them both to the same surprising crossroads, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With a push from friends new and old – including the massive, and massively fabulous, Tiny Cooper, offensive lineman and musical theater auteur extraordinaire – Will and Will begin building toward respective romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most awesome high school musical.

While this had some absolutely hilarious one-liners, and even a few insightful little lines about life, love, blah blah blah, mostly this book was meh.

It didn’t move me to feel any strong emotions of any kind. The characters were whiney, and David Levithan’s Will Grayson was supposed to have mental illness issues but the writing made me not believe it. I’m pretty sure my favorite characters in this were the Will Graysons’ parents. And tbh, it felt like the authors were full of themselves because the characters were full of themselves.

Also – and I know John Green and David Levithan have said they did this on purpose – this story feels like it should be called “Tiny Cooper, Tiny Cooper,” because that’s who it was really about. Both Will Graysons spent the entirety of the book reflecting on their relationship with Tiny Cooper. And John & David said they were interested in writing a book on the perspective of a B character or sidekick, so I get that the goal was to explore this character type… but it still felt unfair since the titular character(s) didn’t have any self-discovery that didn’t revolve around Tiny. They are more than their relationship to Tiny, but they don’t get the opportunity to explore that even though they desperately need to.

Also I REALLY DID NOT LIKE JANE. QUIT IT WITH THE QUIRKY MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRLS PUHLEEEASE.

My other issue with this book is it feels like it didn’t go anywhere. I know it was supposed to be a reflective book of sorts, and not full of action or drama or whatnot, but it was just boring up until like act 2 of the book. And the ending… Yikes.

I guess all-in-all I just didn’t care about it in any way.

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