Sunday, 31 May 2015

Will Grayson, WIll Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Review:

This was another book which has been sitting aimlessly on my shelf for what's likely nearly a year now, and for some unknown reason,  I have only recently decided to pick it up.  I guess I was just scared of disappoint (as this is by likely two of my favourite authors), didn't know really what to expect and wasn't amazingly hooked by the blurb.  But nonetheless, I decided to finally pick this up some time last week.  And, honestly, I'm really glad I did.  I loved the characters, storyline and grew more and more attached through the book, until I was laughing and smiling along with them right till the very end.

The characters in this book were likely one of the main things that kept me reading,  I loved both Will Graysons and found that the split POV worked well and was easily followed, with the writing style of each really reflecting their separate character.  I also found the crossover between the two's lives and of the characters in general really made the story come together more and allowed what began as two separate stories to end as one.

Having said that, my favourite character would have to be Tiny Cooper, as I'm sure others would agree with me.  I loved his bold and flamboyant character, and his musical was something I never found myself minding hearing about - in fact, I quite enjoyed learning more about it.  Not only was he funny, but he also became the glue between the two stories, giving them something in common and ultimately making the story a whole lot better.

Another aspect which I liked was the humour in this book, as no matter how subtle, I found myself laughing and smiling along with all the characters.  I liked how realistic it all seemed and I guess that's how I felt so attached to the characters by the end of it.

Speaking of the ending, I would have to say that this was possibly my favourite part the whole book.  It was so nice to see everyone come together, even characters who prior to this had only been seen in one POV, and I honestly found myself smiling through it all.

All in all, I'd say that my only complaint about this book would be the fairly slow start, although I do think this wasn't helped by the split POV, and so could be put down to this.  Otherwise, I would recommend this to anyone who wants a funny, fairly lighthearted read, or is a fan of either John Green, David Levithan or both!


Quotes:

The things you hope for the most are the things that destroy you the most in the end.

When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again.  It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to.  The whole shape has changed. 
Being in a relationship, that's something you choose.  Being friends, that's just something you are. 
Maybe there is something you're afraid to say, or someone you're afraid to love, or somewhere you're afraid to go.  It's gonna hurt.  It's gonna hurt because it matters.  

Songs: 

Better Than Me - The Brobecks 
Golden - Fall Out Boy

Other Books:

Paper Towns by John Green - I think my main reason for recommending this one is pretty clear, but it also centres alot around friendship, as I believe Will Grayson, Will Grayson doe as well.
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn - As with the above suggestion, this book is also here due to it being written by David Levithan, but it also shares another aspect as this story is also told in a split POV by two people who are not often in each others stories.(Review here) 

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