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Heart-warming, hilarious, hopeful
am 30. März 2013
I am so blown away by this book. I really didn't expect that when I started. I bought it to take part in a read-a-long. This was my first read-a-long and I was pretty excited. Now, I'm so glad I signed up for it because the book is just wonderful.
Will Grayson Will Grayson is about two boys named *duh* Will Grayson. Thus, it is told from the alternating POVs of the two boys. Thankfully, the different perspectives are easy to read as they extremely differ in style and writing. The first Will Grayson is a boy who has only one friend: Tiny Cooper, huge, extrovert and very very gay. Will has some simple rules in life that help him to shut up when trouble comes up and not care too much about other people. To me, he seemed to be a bit afraid of life itself. Will's friend Tiny has written a musical which he wants to cast for. The main characters in the musical are Tiny himself and a guy named Phil Wrayson (huh?). And if that wasn't enough nother in Will's life, there is Jane, Tiny's kind of interesting girl friend.
The other will grayson (whose prose is written only in small letters) also doesn't have a lot of friends. At least, he doesn't consider them his friends, especially Maura who is extremely annoying yet sometimes good to have. will has to take antidepressants and has a very extreme black humor. (Just have a look at the quotes below.) will doesn't care much about his life or school. Who he cares about is a boy he met online and he chats with every night. will lives alone with his mother. I really like will's mother. I thought she did a wonderful job with her difficult son, ignoring all the insulting outbursts and being there for him when he needed her.
Naturally, the two Wills meet at some time in the book. Nothing magical happens but their lives start to get entangled and in the end, they can learn from each other.
I swear for the first chapters I was constantly giggling while reading. And I had to stop every other page to read passages out loud to my husband. I've never had a book before that was soooo funny. The Wills have a different kind of humor, you see the different authors in them, but both are hilarious.
Still, this is not only a funny book. It moves from funny to thoughtful to heart-breaking and you don't even realize it until you cry in the end.
Green and Levithan have written a book about love, about friendship, homosexuality, music, depression and family. About fear and anger. So simply about life. There is so much to think about that I definitely have to re-read it even though I don't do that very often. This was my first book from either author and I will read anything penned by them.
This book is so full of awesomeness, laughing-out-loud humor and heart-breaking wisdom that I recommend it to everyone who can read at all. I will recommend it to all my students and colleagues because I'm sure there's a lot to learn from it and to discuss about.