will grayson, will grayson Camille Mumm
John Green and David Levithan Comp. 105
“It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else.” p. 114
I’ve read several books by John Green and have yet to find one I don’t like. This book is one of my favorites, I’m not sure if I like it because of the format or if it is just the storyline. This book is so much deeper than it seems at first and leaves the reader thinking about it long after he has put it down.
This book is the story of how Will Grayson met Will Grayson and how their lives played out after they meet. This book is told in alternating chapters starting with one in Will from Evanston's point of view and then Will from Naperville’s point of view. They boys are drastically, yet have several things that connect them. The main point that this book centers on is both of the boys’ love for Tiny Cooper.
Evanston’s Will has known Tiny Cooper from the time they started school and they are best friends. Despite Tiny’s coming out as gay in the eighth grade they have a great relationship. Tiny is loud, flamboyant, and loves the spotlight. Will would do anything to be invisible. These characteristics make for a great dynamic between the two and a great story.
Will from Naperville on the other hand doesn’t know Tiny at the beginning of the story. Most of his accounts relate to his struggle to be happy and he is trying to handle admitting he is gay to both himself and the people around him. In the first half of this book this Will does get to meet Tiny, but only after he meets the other Will in a rather strange location. When Naperville Will meets Tiny they hit it off immediately and after a kiss in the park, their relationship begins.
The quotation at the beginning comes from the moment right after the Will’s meet. Evanston Will is the one speaking here and he is basically telling the other Will that it is pretty hard to believe that they met by coincidence. I relate to this quotation a lot, I am never one to believe in coincidence and think everything happens for a reason, but like he says, the idea that there aren't coincidences is even harder to fathom.
One of the most interesting parts of the story is definitely the format, which seems a little weird, but as soon as the reader hits chapter two, they can see what I mean. Every chapter that is told from Naperville Will’s point of view contains no capital letters. This is very unique, the reader is still able to distinguish where one sentence ends and the other begins but still reading half a book with no capital letters is something I’ve never done before.
Another unique part of Will from Naperville’s point of view is how the dialogue is portrayed. Every time he tells about either a vocal dialogue that takes place or a conversation that happens online the author uses the the speaker’s name or in Will’s case “me” and then a colon to indicate who is speaking. No quotation marks coupled with the lack of capitalization makes for a very relaxed yet intentionally sloppy format. I really enjoy this because the format brings the reader in even more, almost as if they are talking to the author via instant message. That being me to another point which I will analyze in my next blog; each chapter, each Will, is written by a different author.
The audience of this book is undeniably teenagers. It’s a story of high school and love. Some parts are cheesy while others are so realistic that it almost hurts to read. From other John Green books I was ready to expect the unexpected. Because the Wills have already met, the second half of this book is all about how their meeting changes their lives.