Virtual YA Book Club Discussion: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Welcome YA Book Club to our second book discussion! I must admit that I didn’t like this book in the beginning and it took me about 20 pages before I really got hooked. I found lowercase Will Grayson a very negative and grating character. I think if Tiny Cooper didn’t exist, I might have stopped reading, which is funny because I think both Will Graysons needed Tiny Cooper too to exist.
It was refreshing to read about a friendship between two high school friends, one straight and the other gay. I also loved (SPOILER ALERT!) that we learned more about Will Grayson and Tiny’s friendship in the musical and how they supported each other.
Speaking of the musical, the ending of Tiny Dancer made me cry. I finished reading the book on a plane ride—my eyes welled up more and more with each new Will Grayson (and Wilma Grayson) that stood up in the audience. At one point, I looked down at my hands and realized that they were covered in the gold glitter eyeshadow that I was wearing. While I’m not a romantic comedy fan, I’m a sucker for grand gestures. I love that magical moment when one character does something absurdly crazy for another character.
In a sidenote: I just heard David Levithan read from his new book, Every Day, and he discussed his writing style. He mentioned that he secretly wants to be a songwriter and that if he could ever write a book as perfect as New Order’s song “Bizarre Love Triangle,” he would be happy. I thought it was an interesting anecdote after reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson. You can definitely see the musical influence!
Instead of direct questions this discussion, I’d love to know what you thought of both Will Graysons before they met, after they met, and how each WG evolves. What did you love? What did you hate? What confused you? What do you think of lowercase Will Grayson’s declaration, “this is why we call people exes, I guess — because the paths that cross in the middle end up separating at the end.”
P.S. Our November book is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Please read it by Nov. 15!