Rules of life: “Don’t care too much and shut up”. These are the rules by which Will Grayson lives. It keeps things simple and simple is good. Simple has no complications or emotional breakdowns; it’s nice and quiet. Simple is the exact opposite of Tiny Cooper. Tiny Cooper is huge, gay and quite loud. Funny that Tiny Cooper just happens to be Will Grayson’s best friend. Tiny is literally larger than life and happily shouts it from the rooftops for everyone to hear. Other than Tiny, Will’s life is pretty low key until his meeting of the mysterious online flame Isaac at what ends up being a sketchy Chicago Porn Shop turns up Will Grayson.
Will Grayson is gay. Will Grayson is straight. Will Grayson is the product of two over achieving doctors pushing their son into study for a career in their own highly demanding field of medicine. Will Grayson is the child of a loving single mother barely making ends meet. To Tiny Will Grayson is a best friend and a new flame. Oh and did I mention Will Grayson and Will Grayson are two different people?
In their much-anticipated collaboration Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan have created two Wills whose lives intersect almost as randomly and succinctly as their names would imply. A teen journey through the lives of two characters of the same name, this book has the adventure and quirkiness that it’s intended audience will enjoy however it also contains quite a high level mature content considering it is written for a teen audience. Part coming of age, part simply learning to exist in your own time and place with a dash of the usual social awkwardness of the teenager in angst, Will Grayson Will Grayson will strike a chord with it’s readers especially once they read about the soon to be famous musical which affects the lives of both Will Graysons. Needless to say an over the top musical about the life and times of Tiny Cooper breaks the rules of life of one of the Will Graysons but then again so did being his best friend in the first place. An interesting read to immerse oneself in the world of the teen boy but just like in life and the musical, Tiny steals the show from page one.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson will be available April 6, 2010 from Dutton Books.
*In my personal opinion as a librarian, I would recommend this book only to mature teen readers due to adult subject material and language.