Tuesday, February 1, 2011

will grayson, will grayson

Have you ever read a book and realized at the end of it you feel emotionally drained but you had no idea you were so invested until you finished?  That's how this book made me feel.  It was almost like not realizing you're holding your breath until you exhale.

Will Grayson has been best friends with Tiny Cooper since they were little kids and they couldn't be more different.  Will is slightly aloof, very rumpled and straight.  Tiny is the high school football team's best offensive lineman, loud, and spectacularly gay.  One of Will's rules for getting through life smoothly is "shut up."  Tiny rarely shuts up.

will grayson is depressed and he's got the meds to prove it.  life with his single mom isn't very bright.  high school is just something to fill the day.  his only bright spot is isaac - his online pseudo-boyfriend. 

Both Will and will live in Chicago suburbs, and one cold night their paths cross, changing both of their lives.  As one might expect, Tiny Cooper is at the center of it all.

John Green and David Levithan are a fearsome author pairing to behold!  Admittedly, this is the first thing by John Green I have read, but this is not my first David Levithan.  Wry humor and serious emotional depths are not mere literary devices in this book, they are the meat. There is a good reason this book was a Stonewall Honor Book for 2011.

Be ye warned: foul language doth run amok in this tome.  Though, I suspect thou wouldst hear the same if thou wert a fly on the wall in thy local school cafeteria. 

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