At first I wasn’t going to write a post about this book, put it back on the shelf instead but then I took it out again today. ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ is a novel about two boys both named Will Grayson not living too far away from each other. That’s a HUGE coincidence right there which ensues complications and fun times. This may also be the gayest book I have ever read and it was awesome.
In the beginning these two boys don’t have a clue about each other. The story is told in a way that the authors switch after every chapter. There is no indication as to who wrote what chapter in the beginning but after having read all of John Green’s books, I could tell right from the start which was his part of the story. It also did help that I read an interview both authors gave in which they discussed a certain character and who wrote him so it was inevitably clear to me.
At some point around the middle of the story, both Will Graysons meet each other by chance and their lives become intertwined; one of the WGs starts dating the other WG’s best friend. Said best friend is a hilarious character who has written and is now in the process of producing the gayest and most fabulous high school musical of all times. God, how I wish that musical was real, it would be amazing!!
The moral of the story is that romantic love is not worth more than platonic love or friendship. This is one of John Green’s favourite messages and this book is a lovefest in said regard. And it’s true, we do tend to forget this too easily; not romantic love makes us a real person, being ourselves and caring for those around us does. We should all value friendship more so go ahead and call or text your best friend now and let them know you love them, not in a romantic was but in a normal way. Have you done that? Good, carry on.
A lot of the times, homosexual characters in books or TV shows are right in the process of figuring out their sexuality and that’s great, it is important to show that part but it has also been done to death by this point. Therefore it was nice to see these characters being past that stage, they know who they are and it’s okay and not a big deal, just like it should be. One of the Will Graysons is also suffering from depression. I haven’t read any books where this is addressed as an issue but it’s definitely worth doing so. I have to admit, in the beginning, his part was a bit more difficult for me to read and enjoy because he was such a difficult person, not that it was his fault. As with the sexual orientation, this is not a book about a boy who learns about being depressed. It’s an established part of him and the story, he suffers from depression, he and his Mom are dealing with it and that’s all there is to it.
I like characters being diverse, when every aspect of out nature is shown. We’re not all thin, white heterosexual beings with perfect mental and physical health. Nope, far from it and it’s always refreshing to see the real world represented in fiction. This is ultimately why I came back to this book and blogged about it. I wanted to give it a shout out for being awesome and feeling true and honest to me, which it totally did. I really enjoyed reading this story with it’s great characters.
So, have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it?