I haven't read a book in one day for a long time, because the truth is, I haven't had time, or just haven't found the right book. But, along comes Will Grayson and I just stop everything (probably not the right thing to do when I have exams, but wow) and finish the book in a few sittings.
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
Of course, any book by John Green AND David Levithan already has high expectations from me, and this book exceeded them. I don't even know quite what it was that I loved about it and which made me want to finish it so quickly. But I'll try to explain anyway...
I think that firstly, the characters are brilliant. I loved both Will Graysons for different reasons, and loved the sweetness of straight Will Grayson and the morbid humour of gay Will Grayson. Both were entertaining and I didn't prefer one from the other which is good otherwise the book may have been less enjoyable. Tiny is a main character, and he is hilarious. At first, I didn't like him very much, but towards the end he started to be shown as kind and that made me like him a lot more.
Secondly, I really, really liked the writing. Like really, really, really. It's so easy to follow and I honestly don't understand how both Green and Levithan write like such convincing teenagers. And their teenagers are always the sort of people I would love to meet and be friends with. There are so many beautiful lines and hilarious quotes and it's all written in a way that really makes me believe that these characters are real and they breath and eat and talk and swear and smile for real, in the real world.
The book is written with one chapter being from one Will Grayson's point of view and one chapter from the other Will Grayson's point of view. I didn't find this confusing like I thought I would because 1. both Wills are very different and 2. one Will writes without capital letters.
The actually story itself is lovely and features a lot to do with friendship and relationships and I didn't find it to ever be boring, just full of sentences that made me want to read the next one.
I recommend this book hugely to any fans of either of these writers, or YA contemporary lovers.