Friday, November 19, 2010
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Shameful confession: I got an ARC for this way back last winter, but other books in my TBR queue kept budging it. Despite the fact that it's set in my old stomping ground, Evanston/Chicago, and is a collaborative novel, which I think is really cool. Finally, I pulled it off the shelf to read last weekend.
This is a book that manages to incorporate love, sexuality, depression, Schrodinger's cats, music, existentialism, musicals, IMing, weltschmerz, and friendship. It's written by two different authors with two distinct narrative voices but it feels seamless. It's a love story about romantic love but more importantly platonic, BFF love. It's heartbreaking at times but more often joyous. And seriously funny. I want to describe it with words like soaring and ebullient and hilarious and cool and supersmart. Please go read it if you haven't already.
Jacket copy for Will Grayson, Will Grayson:
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.
Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.