Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – Book Review

Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Authors: John Green, David Levithan

Genre/Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health

Blurb from Goodreads

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 theatre 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.

My Review

Utterly irreverent.

Laugh out loud humour.

At times very moving!

“NO. No no no. I don’t want to screw you. I just love you. When did who you want to screw become the whole game? Since when is the person you want to screw the only person you get to love? It’s so stupid! I mean, Jesus, who even gives a fuck about sex?! People act like it’s the most important thing humans do, but come on. How can our sentient fucking lives revolve around something slugs can do. I mean, who you want to screw and whether you screw them? Those are important questions, I guess. But they’re not that important. You know what’s important? Who would you die for? Who do you wake up at five forty-five in the morning for even though you don’t even know why he needs you? Whose drunken nose would you pick?!”

I am so surprised by this book!!!

I had heard it wasn’t supposed to be that great but I loved it! I mean I can’t actually believe I’ve owned a copy of this book for as long as I have and have only now just read it. I probably preferred the writing style of John Green’s half of the novel because I think I get his sense of humour more but damn did David Levithan do a nice job of writing a teen living and coping with depression.

So there are two guys in this book both with the name Will Grayson.

For distinction upper case Will (1) Grayson is written by John Green and lower case will (2) grayson is penned by David Levithan.

I’ve seen people level comments of homophobia at the character of Will (1) Grayson because he says some pretty offensive things about his best friend Tiny…

But in my opinion I feel that is taking passages / phrases etc out of context. Will’s story needs to be viewed as a whole. He goes on a nice character arc, a journey if you will and then you get to chapter seventeen….


And honestly, I think it feels more genuine because he’s an imperfect character who is capable of saying some pretty dodgy things but also some pretty great things too.

Okay his romantic storyline was a bit meh but I think ultimately that romance wasn’t the point of his section. His friendship with Tiny was the real love story of this book.

As for will (2) grayson. According to David Levithan he’s a lowercase kind of guy. The use of lower case in his chapters represents his quieter view of himself and the world. His almost anonymity. He is fabulously complex and on one hand can be seen to be almost shy and on the other is a no holds barred trailblazer. Definitely a better written character than Will (1) Grayson so props to Levithan for that. And I loved the depiction of his depression (is it okay to say loved?). What I mean is that it was just a part of who he was, it wasn’t the main crux of his storyline. It was just accepted that he was this teenager struggling with depression.

Will and will’s lives intersect through the medium of Tiny.


Bloody brilliant character.

He was depicted as this over the top, larger than life sort of person. Like MASSIVELY stereotyped at first but when you peeled away the layers he became so small. So introspective. Such a different soul and so much more to him than the initial apparent stereotyping. And what was marvellous is I felt there was great consistency in how he appeared in the differently authored chapters.

And can I just say PLOT TWIST!!!!

Yup. Never saw that early plot twist coming at all.


I mean I knew something fishy was up but I didn’t figure out exactly what!

Jane… Least favourite character development wise. She was just a means to an end plot-wise. So that’s kinda your fault John Green…… Little bit manic dream-esque again….. Hmmmm maybe I preferred David Levithan’s chapters after all…..

Anyway this is an utterly nonsensical review really but ultimately I loved the book and had an absolute blast reading it.

Other Works by John Green I’ve Reviewed

Other Works by David Levithan I’ve Reviewed

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20 thoughts on “Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – Book Review

  1. Great review, Emer! I’m really liking the sound of Tiny and I feel like this type of character always steals my heart 🥰 I wasn’t sure I wanted to pick this up coz I’ve heard sooo many mixed reviews but now I’m gutted I didn’t buy it at the shop a few weeks back when I saw it on sale (going for only $2)! Haha damn. Oh well, maybe I don’t need to add another book to my unread shelves just yet 🙃

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    1. Omg Tiny is just everything in this book!!!! I had heard so many mixed reviews about it too before I read it but me being the John Green fan I am I had to read it irrespective of anyone else’s opinion lol!!! And the irreverent, comic tone of the book just really appealed to me :))))

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