Skip to main content

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary

Release Date: 4/6/2010

Add to Goodreads

About the Book: One Chicago night two teens meet-both named Will Grayson. One gay, one straight, one moody and depressed, one feeling somewhat lost and left out, but both questioning life and love. After their fateful meeting, their lives begin to intertwine and their lives take them places they never expected.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I had pretty high hopes for this one-two huge YA authors, a great premise, and possibly the most entertaining musical ever written. I've read John Green's books before, I've never read anything by David Levithan, but I had a good idea their writing styles would blend nicely. And they did. I listened to this one on audio because I'm a big fan of one of the narrators (Nick Podehl) so the writing seemed more seamless to me. In the print copy one Will Grayson is written in capital letters and one is not, but that doesn't come through on audio, so the book felt very cohesive in that format.

David Levithan's Will Grayson starts out pretty moody and I found him obnoxious, he grew on me and I really liked him. I'm actually interested in reading more books written by David Levithan after reading this one. John Green's Will Grayson is typical John Green-nerdy, somewhat awkward and doesn't really know much about girls, but he tries. I almost wonder if John Green can write anything other than nerdy boy characters, yet I don't want him to try because he writes it so well. Together, I thought their Will's worked well and the storyline flowed and I liked how everything came together.

I love and adore Tiny Cooper and if Tiny Dancer was a real musical, I would go see it in a heartbeat. Tiny really is the star of this book and I really felt this was more his story than it was the Will's story. That fact sort of threw me off and made the book not work for me so much. I also really liked both Will's parents. While they started out with me not really liking them, I really appreciated how Will's dad and will's mom have great conversations with their kids. Sure the Will's find their parents annoying, but they also still love them and that shows and I really liked that aspect of the book.

I did think the ending was somewhat abrupt-I wasn't ready for it to end and I thought there would be just a bit more and then the credits started playing on my audiobook. It just seemed too sudden to me.

While, I can't comment on David Levithan's books, I don't really think this is John Green's best book. It's still great and I think Tiny Cooper might be one of the greatest character ever written. But I guess after having such high expectations for it, I was left feeling a little disappointed.

As a side note, I remember reading an article about someone who was offended and shocked by the content in this book. There is a lot of language, which I think always surprises me more on audio than when I read a book, but I wasn't really shocked by that. Maybe I wasn't shocked because I've read John Green's books before. Nothing else really stood out to me though and I would give this one to high schooler's no problem.

Full Disclosure: Reviewed from audiobook from library


  1. I listened to this one on audio as well. Loved the narrator choices! I totally agree, as well, though that the star of this book is Tiny! He is a phenomenal character and really carried the whole book. Overall, I really loved it.

  2. This book does sounds good. Thanks for the heads up about the language tho! I'm not offended by it, but I do like to be aware of it going into it!

  3. I've never read anything by David Levithan before either, but everyone seems to love him so I'm definitely going to get this.

  4. The audio sounds good. I loved the book. I think I'm one of the few that liked David Levithan more than John Green going in and I was pleased with both their parts. Tiny was awesome, but I agree that the ending was abrupt.

  5. Cannot wait to read this. :]


Post a Comment

I love hearing from other readers! Share your thoughts and chime in!

Popular posts from this blog

Bedtime Books for the Weary

Today I'm over at the ALSC Blog talking about some of my new favorite bedtime-themed books!

Suite Scarlett Giveaway!!!

How would you like to win a paperback copy of Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson ? I have FIVE copies up for grabs!! When Scarlett Martin turns fifteen she is put in charge of the Empire Suite, one of the rooms in her family’s hotel. Enter Mrs. Amberson, an aging C-list starlet who decides to employ Scarlett. Soon, she is taking dictation, running around New York City, and getting caught up in Mrs. Amberson’s crazy adventures. In the midst of it all, Scarlett falls in love–or so she thinks–and it takes Mrs. Amberson to help her see the light. Now in paperback from top-selling author Maureen Johnson! Here's the deal: -Contest ends July 20, 2009 -For U.S. Addresses only, sorry! -Comment on this post to enter. -Come back and comment again on this post for another entry-you may enter as many times as you want!! -Blog/Twitter/Facebook/E-mail this contest to others for +1 extra entries -Link me to your review of Suite Scarlett (or any other Maureen Johnson book) in the comments for +2

About Me

Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee