A Tale of Two Graysons

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by Tim Burdick on 06 October, 2015

Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Have you heard of them? No?

Well, how aboutPaper Town?

Yes? And how aboutThe Fault in Our Stars?

Of course, yes, that’s better.

These two literary siblings overshadow this excellent piece. Hopefully, fans of hardcore teen fiction will hunt down this novel, written by co-authors John Green and David Levithan.

To be honest, the title didn’t grab me and the summary on the book jacket sounded lame, but once I read the first two chapters and met each Will Grayson. I howled. The great characters came alive with their real (and at times hysterical) voices. The chapters alternate between the different Will’s until they bump into each other one chilly night in Chicago.

This novel conveys a sensitive portrayal of teen’s struggling with their identity and sexuality. Throughout the story, these characters learn to love themselves and appreciate each other. To add to the realism, they are less than angelic; they drink, smoke, make out, and sneak into over 21 concerts. As an adult reading this book, I could see that the same teen insecurities and trials still exist in today’s hi-tech world.

This book is a voice for gay and straight teens and a reminder to express yourselves.

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