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One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens — both named Will Grayson — are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history's most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan's collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

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"In alternating chapters, the authors track two teens, both named Will Grayson, who accidentally meet halfway through the novel, perhaps changing the trajectory of both of their lives. One Will is vintage Green: a smart nerd whose rules to live by include 'don't care too much,' with a scene-stealing sidekick — Tiny Cooper, a large, flamboyantly gay classmate intent on staging an autobiographical musical. The other will (lowercase throughout) is angry and depressed; the one bright spot in his existence is an online friendship with 'Isaac.' When will agrees to meet Isaac one night in Chicago, readers know nothing good will happen — and they will be wrong. A well-orchestrated big reveal takes the story in a new direction, one that gives (lowercase) will greater dimension. The ending is laudable but highly implausible. The journey to it is full of comic bits, mostly provided by the irrepressible Tiny, who needs his own novel. Frank sexual language — a shot at a bar 'tastes like Satan's fire cock' — pushes this one to high school, where its message of embracing love in all its forms ought to find a receptive audience. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of historys most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithans collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of faithful fans.

A Discussion Guide to Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

John Green is the author of Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines. He lives in New York City.

David Levithan is the author of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults Boy Meets Boy and The Realm of Possibility, and Are We There Yet? He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Kristine Jenkins, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by Kristine Jenkins)
This is the funniest book that made me cry. Two fantastic stories intertwine.
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Will Grayson #1 believes in two rules: 1. Don’t care too much. 2. Shut up. He’s pretty sure if he follows those he can make it through high school. But he’s not always good at following them. The last time he violated his rules was to defend his best friend Tiny Cooper, who is gay, in a signed letter for the school newspaper. Now he doesn’t have any friends but Tiny, who’s trying to set Will up with Jane. But to accept would violate Will’s rule #1.

Will Grayson #2 says he is trying to get through high school without killing himself or everyone around him. He takes medication for depression, and he hangs out with a girl named Maura, mostly because he doesn’t have other friends. He’s gay, but he hasn’t told anyone yet but his online friend, Isaac.

When Will Grayson meets Will Grayson one unlikely night in Chicago, both their worlds begin to change in unexpected ways.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is written by John Green and David Levithan, two young adult authors known for edgy teen literature. Their joint work is told in alternating chapters, with each Will Grayson penned by a different writer. In less skilled hands the result could be disjointed, but Green and Levithan each create a Will Grayson that is complex and conflicted. In his own way, each Will is isolated and lonely, unsure of his own sexuality and what he’s willing to risk to be friends with someone. In his own way, each keeps his head down until something moves him out of his comfort zone and makes him unhappy with the status quo he has established.

There are big questions for teens involved, and mother-daughter book clubs who take on this book must know what they’re getting into: questions of sexuality, sexual identify, friendship and self-acceptance. There’s plenty of profanity to go around. But it’s refreshing to see an honest look at what it means for a teen to be gay and the challenges a friend of a gay teen faces while supporting his friend. Will Grayson, Will Grayson is also funny, and it will be hard for readers not to fall in love with Tiny Cooper. In fact, at one point Will Grayson #1 says he’s tired of playing a bit part in Tiny Cooper’s life. In some ways, both Wills are playing a bit part in Tiny Cooper’s book. Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 15 and up should find this book opens up a conversation about lots of issues that may otherwise not come up on their own. I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525421580
Author:
John Green and David Levithan
Publisher:
Dutton Books
Author:
Green, John
Author:
John
Author:
Levithan, David
Author:
Joe Schreiber
Author:
Green
Subject:
Homosexuality
Subject:
Theater
Subject:
Performing Arts - Theater
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Homosexuality
Subject:
Law & Crime
Subject:
General-General
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Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
14-14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In alternating chapters, the authors track two teens, both named Will Grayson, who accidentally meet halfway through the novel, perhaps changing the trajectory of both of their lives. One Will is vintage Green: a smart nerd whose rules to live by include 'don't care too much,' with a scene-stealing sidekick — Tiny Cooper, a large, flamboyantly gay classmate intent on staging an autobiographical musical. The other will (lowercase throughout) is angry and depressed; the one bright spot in his existence is an online friendship with 'Isaac.' When will agrees to meet Isaac one night in Chicago, readers know nothing good will happen — and they will be wrong. A well-orchestrated big reveal takes the story in a new direction, one that gives (lowercase) will greater dimension. The ending is laudable but highly implausible. The journey to it is full of comic bits, mostly provided by the irrepressible Tiny, who needs his own novel. Frank sexual language — a shot at a bar 'tastes like Satan's fire cock' — pushes this one to high school, where its message of embracing love in all its forms ought to find a receptive audience. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of historys most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithans collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won them both legions of faithful fans.

A Discussion Guide to Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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