I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Although this is not a great story, this is solidly good Chekhov with solidly good narration. Chekhov is my favorite short story writer, yet this in not one of my favorite stories; nevertheless it is clearly worth the twenty minutes and one dollar.
At ALA, Jamie from Bookmarked told me basically how much she loved David Levithan and John Green (and she was so bummed that John Green was sick and couldn’t come!). I knew who they were but I had never read anything that they’d written before. I fell head over heels for both of their writing styles (different as they might be) and I am so glad that Jamie introduced to me a side of YA that I don’t feel like I had really seen before.
John and David each have a character named Will Grayson and even though they share the same name, they are two very distinctive people. And they share a common friend – Tiny Cooper, whom I think I would both love and hate to have as a friend. Speaking of friends – that’s what this book is about. It’s about friendship and love and appreciation.
While most YA would be considered appropriate for ages 12-18 or even 14+, from my perspective, I think this book’s content is a little mature for a 14 or 15 year old. I’m not saying that the message isn’t a great one, but some of the content may be (depending on the reader, of course). I also come from a very conservative family and so my opinion might be a little skewed. Either way, the overall message that Will Grayson, Will Grayson sends is something that I think everyone can benefit from.
The narrators definitely brought the two Wills to life and embodied their characters.