Initial Final Page Thoughts.
Oh there are so many. So I’m just going to try and list them quickly; indie boy nerds, ridiculously gay men, self-deprecating laugh out loud humour, porn shops, internet crushes, heterosexual crushes, homosexual crushes, awesome families, cool girls, realistic butterflies, locker combinations, A GAY MUSICAL. And there are so much more but you just need to read it.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the immediate ending… it was a bit too cheesy for me, but other than that. No low point. Unless you count nearly sobbing on a sun bed beside the pool at a hotel in the Costa Brava because I was so heartbroken at one point… but it’s best not to count that.
Both Will Graysons stole my heart. It’s weird because I’ve never read a book that has two authors (although, I probably have… nothing springs to mind) so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Both David Levithan and John Green created two wholly different (yet very similar) characters who happen to meet after a few fateful mishaps and they discover they have the same name. Green’s Will Grayson probably pipped Levithan’s Will Grayson to my favourite hero… possibly because I fancied him (he spoke to my inner indie-geek, OK?!)… but I honestly loved them both. Both writers created realistic, warts ‘n’ all characters that you could imagine walking down your corridors at school (well, maybe not mine… there would have been an outcry and fans would have been… fanned… because I went to an all girls school…but you know what I mean!) and the dialogue was spot on. Especially one bit where Levithan’s Will Grayson is talking about text speak… “<3 you think that looks like a heart?” PERFECT.
I can’t really write about this section for Levithan’s WG because it would be like walking on spoilery eggshells. But oh ma lord, there’s one section that tugs at your heart strings. I love how obvious it is that both authors know what teenagers are like, how they act and how they talk. There is nothing cliché about these characters. Jane is Green’s WG and she’s the kind of girl you’d see in a gig and be really intimidated to talk to but you’d always want to. She seems nice enough, but nothing really grabbing. Green’s WG however, comes very close to being included in my VIP list of fictional crushes and he makes me wish even more that I went to school in America… and that I had a locker combo. SWOON.
Tiny Cooper. Tiny Cooper. Tiny Cooper… um. OK, I was hoping that the big TC would be a kind of Beetlejuice figure and if I said his name out loud (which I may or may not have actually done) he would have appeared in my room. Seriously, this guy is amazing. I love how he his described differently by Levithan and Green and you get this amazing, vivid, fantastically gay picture in your head. Tiny Cooper definitely steps out of the supporting actor shadow and takes the spotlight, truly. If Tiny Cooper’s musical Tiny Dancer was a real musical I would be there every night. EVERY NIGHT. As for Levithan’s WG… we don’t mention Maura. EVER.
This one was an easy one… I didn’t even have to come up with it. Neutral Milk Hotel are a prominent part of Green’s WG (he says that they basically changed his life) and I think this song (and the band) kind of embodies the whole feel of the book and the fleeting moments of youth.
And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly
From the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see.
7/10. There is quite a lot of angst in this (poolwhimpering) but the characters deal with it in a very realistic way which is great because the issues that are covered could have opened major ‘omg-my-life-is-awful-and-difficult-and-obviously-life-ends-with-high-school-so-I’m-going-to-have-my-inner-monologue-discuss-cliché-feelings-my-character-should-probably-have’ but both Levithan and Green really stayed clear of this. I find it so refreshing when characters deal with problems in believable ways and I can’t wait to read more from both of these guys.
EVERYONE. People who appreciate great, realistic writing. People who want to read a book that deals with homosexuality in an honest and not-always sugar coated but still very fabulous way. People who always root for the underdog. People who have always craved for a gay best friend. People who love indie music. People who think that swinging on swing sets can solve pretty much every problem. People who get inappropriate fictional crushes easily. People who like musicals.