“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green & David Levithan


“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” is one of the most extraordinary books I have ever read. It is a collaboration between two of the most eminent YA authors – John Green and David Levithan. As a rule I avoid these kind of novels because I believe literature is an individualistic experience for both the author and the reader. Ideas and writing styles are emblematic of one’s personality and that is precisely what has made “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” such an exquisite book.

It is told by the perspective of two namesakes. The odd Will Grayson is created by John Green. He is a fairly unpopular guy with wrinkled clothes and two main principles: 1. Don’t care. 2.Shut up. He tries to live his life without setting off any alarms – seldom talking, seldom expressing himself. “Not that smart. Not that hot. Not that nice. Not that funny. That’s me: I’m not that.”

The even will grayson who is never properly capitalized is written by David Levithan. He suffers from depression and denies himself any happiness besides an internet romance with a guy named Isaac. He suffers from depression and avoids any social interactions whatsoever. “i am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me. those seem to be the two choices. everything else is just killing time.”

Even though there are two first-person narratives, I feel like the story revolved mostly around the life and musical of Tiny Cooper. “I’m a football player. Dude, you couldn’t be gayer. I thought my straight-acting deserved a Tony. But, Tiny, you own a thousand My Little Ponies!” And on top of that, Tiny is pretty hefty.

Being in love with will grayson and being Will Grayson’s best friend, he is inspired to write a musical about love, called “Hold me Closer”. This school production scrutinizes the meaning of all relationships and their main values. Honesty? Affection? Attraction? Profound care? Benefits? Or trial-and-error?

Tiny Cooper holds the answer to all these questions. He provokes each namesake to rediscover and rethink the importance of the people in their lives. Both Wills struggle to learn to accept and appreciate their friends and relatives despite the pesky and narcissistic propensities of human nature. There is no avoiding the duplicity in one’s predilection for another person. We are all multifaceted “pseudointelectuals” with uncanny interests and infinitely various responds to provocations and stress.

I can’t help but adulate the genius of incorporating the Schrodinger’s cat in the plot. It proves that truth is the key to happiness in any relationship. It is the only trustworthy variable in the whole wide world. Because everything is possible until you apply it to the harshness and single-optioned test of reality. When we are candid with ourselves, we could easily decide who to let in and who to let out of our lives without any regrets. Not seeking the truth, however, doesn’t mean we have come to a conclusion. It means that we are narrow-minded.

We can’t endow people with plain labels – like or dislike, and dismiss them out of hand down to a single trait. We have to absorb them in their total magnificence – all the bad and all the good, all the repulsive and all the charming. We have to get the cat and the radioactive poison in the box first. And then judge. Is the cat dead? Or is it alive? Is this relationship worth it? Or should there be a preemptive dump?

“Keeping the box closed just keeps you in the dark, not the universe.”.

This book reinforces this statement in every imaginable way – through the development of its characters, through its plot twists, through its denouement and through its very publication. Who thought that John Green and David Levithan’s style could blend and complement each other in such a spectacular dance of world, imploding with wisdom, personalities, bathed in profoundness and an ending, unprecedented in beauty.

I am Mery and I appreciate you, Tiny Cooper.




3 thoughts on ““Will Grayson, Will Grayson” by John Green & David Levithan

  1. May I simply say, “thank you.” Recently I discovered five twenty-five dollar Barnes & Nobles gift cards hidden in the coves of my closet–among other burried treasures–and have been trying to generate a list of books that intrigue me but have never read; and, for the longest time, I tried to remember what the title of this book was so I could finally add it to my library. Currently I am reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, but Will Grayson, Will Grayson is surely next in line.

  2. Pingback: “Every Day” by David Levithan | ... we made our home in between the pages of books

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