Do you believe in fate? The possibility of a moment so perfect it doesn’t even seem real? Will Grayson, Will Grayson, a teen novel written by both John Green and David Levithan, explores the true nature and impact of love, friendship, and what high school is all about: discovering yourself.
Two teenage boys from Chicago, Will Grayson and Will Grayson, are stuck in high school, trying to figure out who they really are. Neither have a clue about one another; they are each living their own, separate lives. Will’s best friend is nicknamed Tiny, and is a gay teenage boy who loves theatre and throughout the book, develops his own play. Will has had a crush on a girl named Jane, but has always been in the “friendzone." Will’s best friend is Maura, a girl who has always secretly had a crush on will.
On one fateful afternoon, all five run into each other in a shop, and the beautiful novel begins. A rollercoaster of emotions, complicated relationships, and struggles threaten to tear both the lives and friendships of these characters apart. At the end of the day, true compassion for one another prevails and the book teaches all audiences that nothing is more important than telling one another how you feel, even if it doesn’t seem necessary.
I found this book so moving and compelling. Not only did I, a high school junior, relate on so many levels, whether it be about creating your own masterpiece (Tiny’s play, my choreography) or dealing with friends who will inevitably betray you, it made me think of how lucky I am. How lucky I am to go to a school that I love, surrounded by people who love and accept me. This book is a great read for anyone who is looking for a little bit of hope: that everything will be alright, that one person’s opinion doesn’t define you, and that at the end of the day, being yourself will always be enough.
-Amanda, River Teen Advisory Board
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