Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan
Two teens, both named Will Grayson meet as they navigate high school, romance, and the upcoming production of their now mutual friend’s musical.
Maybe if I were a sexually confused teenage boy this would have resonated with me more. But I’m far from that demographic, so we’ll never know. The idea could have been interesting. Two people with the same name randomly encountering one another. I’m sure it’s happened, but these characters don’t really bond over their shared name. They’re bonded by Tiny, the large, narcissistic boy writing a musical about himself that he claims isn’t really about himself, who is tickled by the idea of dating a boy with the same name as his best friend, Will Grayson.
All of the characters were exaggerated stereotypes. I didn’t connect with any of them, nor did I find them likable. The plot revolves loosely around Tiny writing and producing his play entirely on his own, but with the apparent permission of the school.
As a New York Times bestseller, this one was a flop for me. I also found Will Grayson 2’s insulting the less than three symbol to be personally offensive.