“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
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan: 1.5/5 stars
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, and culminating in epic turns-of-heart and the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high school stage. Told in alternating voices from two YA superstars, this collaborative novel features a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of fans.
I decided to make this a spoiler free review so don’t worry no spoilers! This book was just horrible to me. I was expecting a four or five-star read and I got barely a two. I was expecting so much more since John Green was one of the authors and I loved The Fault in Our Stars. This book disappointed me so much and I was just expecting so much more from it.
I hated that this book alternated between different people with the same name, it made it so confusing. I feel like it’s a really cool concept, but was executed poorly. Also, I hated Tiny Cooper! Tiny was the rudest, most obnoxious, and annoying character in the whole book, yet the book and world revolved around him! I thought the book was supposed to be about Will Grayson not Tiny Cooper…
The title of the book is WIll Grayson, Will Grayson yet I felt like nothing really happened with the two characters. The book focused too much on Tiny Cooper than it did on either Will Grayson. I heard so many great things about this book and I was let down completely . I almost didn’t finish this book but since I spent my money on it I wasn’t going to let it get the best of me. I also just hated the characters, overall I thought they were boring, rude, and annoying.
Anyway, so we know these two teens meet and they obviously share the same name, well I was expecting more to happen between them. Nothing really happened between them after they met and I was disappointed in that considering the title. I felt like their lives didn’t even really change and that if they didn’t meet it would be pretty similar. I just think if you’re going to build a story around that and them meeting it needs to be more exciting and more of a drastic change in both lives…the only change was in Tiny Cooper’s life. The book should have been titled “Tiny Cooper”, honestly.
Last thing, I really hated the ending. It made no sense and had no significance to me and I wish it would’ve ended differently. I was just expecting that maybe the ending would’ve helped change my opinion about the book, but of course it didn’t and it was just as disappointing!
Overall, I just hated this book a lot and I don’t recommend it if you’re expecting that quality writing from John Green. If you think you might like this book or want to read it for yourself then by all means go ahead! Best of luck and let me know what y’all think if you read the book!