This book was great to me, and I'm old. I think a younger audience would love it more. It deals with so many issues that mean so much at the high school age. I like how everything doesn't tie up perfectly the way a romance book would, but instead, it's more true to life and ends in greater purpose way.
I've never had so much fun in a book. the twists and turns...the humor...the characters...the format....just. Man. Just listen to this. I'm twice the age of a teenager and loved every minute.
This coming of age and coming out story is a bit dated now but still a great read.
I love this book so much from beginning to end including the acknowledgments. It's a sweet story about friendship and love. I found myself crying and then laughing that completely unexpected moments. I also learned some very creative new cursewords. One of the best parts of this audiobook was hearing the songs from Tiny's musical sung aloud. That is a most excellent thing!
This was a great book it really brought back memories of first falling in love and getting back up and when I found my best friend and to this day he is still a big part of my life.
This is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks that I have experience so far.
No, but I will have to seek them out in the future.
I loved the differing perspectives and senses of humor between the two Will Graysons. I certainly felt anguish for will grayson as he struggles in the story. The characters felt so real and dynamic to me.
This might be my new favorite John Green story and I will have to seek out David Levithan stories in the future.
Honestly, one of my favorite things about it is the idea that two authors are writing separate character experiences with-in the same world, with-in the same book.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
Full disclosure: I really only read this book because of the audiobook narrators. I’ve really struck out with both authors on multiple occasions (not terrible but enough to make me feel like I wasn’t anxious to pick up anything else by them) so I was super nervous to read WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON… But with two of my favorite audio narrators ever (Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews), I knew I had to give it a shot!
I was actually… pleasantly surprised! WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON was enjoyable from start to finish and it ended up being a really quick read/listen for me. I wasn’t totally in love with the book since Will Grayson #2 was a bit hard to like sometimes due to his generally surly demeanor and Will Grayson #1 was a bit more closed off… But it was also really interested to watch those characters change and grow throughout the book! I really did like the character development, seeing how their relationships changed, and how they really grew up and gained confidence along the way.
The story takes place in the suburbs of Chicago which is where I’m from so really I was dying for more specific locations so I could really put myself in the book! Will Grayson #2 is from Naperville which I’ve known all my life, I have relatives who live there, and that’s also where my husband used to live so I was trying to dissect which high school he went to but there really weren’t any clues given. I guess it’s probably better and more universal not to reference a specific high school or place when referencing a real town but I really wanted to pretend like I knew exactly where Will Grayson lived!
I think I was hoping for a quicker merge of the two Will Grayson story lines. Now that I’m looking back, I can’t remember exactly how long it took them to meet (halfway through the book? Not quite as far?) but I do remember wishing it had been just a bit sooner. I also was imagining their stories would be much more connected. They aren’t quite a part of each other’s lives but they do end up with mutual friends/acquaintances from their meeting.
Overall, the book was fun, quick, and I really did enjoy from start to finish. There were some small moments where I think I had expectations that didn’t quite pan out (in general, just my impression of what the book was going to be) so I wasn’t as invested as I possibly could have been. I also had the hang-up that I wasn’t a huge fan of either author before starting but it was kind of nice to have this book renew my faith a bit! I don’t know if I’m motivated to pick up more from either author but it was a very pleasant experience and a really nice read!
MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl are two of my favorite audiobook narrators and really they’re the sole reason why I decided to grab this book on sale from Audible! They were both stellar, as always, and I just love the amount of feeling and sincerity each narrator puts into the character. They really do make the characters come alive and feel like real people and not just like I’m listening to someone read me pages from a book. I love how they really bring the story to life and almost make me feel like I’m watching a movie instead of listening to a book! It was so strange to hear Nick Podehl as an incredibly surly teenager since I’m so used to listening to his voice as a jollier character in Kvothe from Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicle! I do love that each time I listen to these narrators, the characters really do feel totally different from previous listens as well.
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For some reason I thought this book was going to be a sci-fi. Instead I got a weird mix of Glee, the Wonder Years and angsty teenage woes. Needless to say this book is pretty ridiculous and over the top. The characters are all stereotypes on steroids. The writing was at least decent, but it was just all too over the top for me.