will grayson, will grayson Camille Mumm
John Green and David Levithan Comp. 105
“but there is the word, this word that phil wrayson taught me once: weltzschermz. it’s the depression you feel when the world does not line up with the world you think it should be.” p. 302
The second half of this book starts off is whirlwind of emotions. Will from Naperville seems to be feeling most of it. He’s falling in love with Tiny, he’s angry that Maura betrayed him, and there’s his curiosity to meet the other Will Grayson. As these all progress the story picks up speed and the reader gets dragged along trying to keep up with the storm of different feelings.
The reader gets so lost that it’s hard to tell where the problems begin, there is no real turning point. All of a sudden everything just crashed down, Will from Evanston's friendship with Tiny as well as Will from Naperville's relationship with Tiny. The Wills begin to separate, each dealing with different problems revolving around Tiny. The strangest part about the story is that while both of the boys are constantly thinking about their problems with Tiny, as well as outside ones like Evanston Will getting a girlfriend; Tiny gets lost in the shuffle.
That's where the problem becomes clear, each of the boys is so wrapped up in their own problems that they both forget to care about a boy they each love. This section is hard on the readers feeling because the hurt that Tiny was feeling was almost tangible. Tiny too is transfixed on something outside of the Wills as well: his play. He has casting, set building and rehearsal to deal with so friendships and relationships are put on hold.
Eventually, though quicker than the reader expects, things get better between Tiny and Evanston Will. They get their friendship back together in enough time to have this Will help with getting the musical ready. The other Will on the other hand is waiting until the opening night to make his amends with Tiny, and when he does it is a hilarious yet heartwarming reunion.
Like I said in my first blog about this book, though the main characters have the same name it is impossible to get lost on whose chapter it is. Thanks to the author’s lack of use of capitalization and quotation marks Will from Naperville is easily set apart. What I didn’t mention in the first blog about the differences between the chapters is the author. This book is written by John Green and David Levithan and while it never says it outright anywhere in the book, I wonder if each of the authors wrote a different boy’s point of view. Other than the formatting differences, I didn’t immediately pick up on any drastically different writing style between the chapters.
I like to think that they did each write one Will’s story, it makes the story that much deeper and richer because no matter how much collaboration Levithan and Green had, each had their own take on the story. Maybe one author didn’t really clarify on one detail and left it up to the other for interpretation, that would make the communication more like reality where the interpretation is left up to the listener or reader.No matter how it was written, this was a great story and my opinion of John Green keeps getting better. Each book provides an equal amount of humor and hurt that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride. I haven’t read any of Levithan’s other books yet but after this one I might have to look into some.