*This review is by a 30-something female, from whom High School feels a long way away*
I like that this book exists. I hope it helps people to understand compassion, acceptance, tolerance, depression, 'love', 'like', and all the other good stuff that goes along with life (especially during those late teens). But for me, and maybe others like me, the revelations in this book are not so much ground breaking, but more like a reminder of what life was like back when a high school relationship was the totality of your world (you know, before bills, mortgages, bosses, and parenting comes into the picture).
This story is sweet in a lot of ways, and the characters are very likable. Having suffered from depression in the past (and when I was a teenager) I liked Will Grayson 2's perspective on Mental Health Days and his general frustrations with people who see "depression" as a adjective and not the all-encompassing thing that it is. Depression is a life and death battle that people do not "get over" but survive.
That said, I found myself to be a bit too old (and maybe too happy with my life these days) to get a lot out of this, aside from a fairly enjoyable way to spend 7 hours.
I'd recommend this for teens, which is the intended audience after all, but for those adult readers who enjoy a good teen fiction, it's not in the same league as Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or even Divergent, and you could do without adding this one to your collection.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is definitely in the top ten of the audio books I've listened to.
One of the most memorable moments of the book is when the two Will Grayson's meet for the first time.
Both of the narrators did an excellent job!
There were several places in this book where i found myself literally laughing out loud. That's a rare thing.
This audio book is funny and heartwarming. The characters draw you in so completely that I often found myself thinking about them. I couldn't wait to get back to the story. Though I was sorry it had to end, I thought the ending was perfect!
I love sci-fi and fantasy books
it's a book that I'm sorry that wasn't around when I was a teenager. the characters are the engine of this book, and they make it a great reading.
It's like 7 hours of lame high school drama, with occasional pockets of insight and thoughtfulness, but seriously, not that much.
Here, I'll summarize the entire book for you: Omg, he kissed who?! She said what?! Oh no he did'ennnt! Woe is me.... my life is terrible.... omg he broke my heart.... blah blah blah blah.
These kids are all self-absorbed morons that haven't yet developed a sense of maturity. So I guess that makes them normal... but c'mon... they're all idiots. I wanted to punch every single one of them in face and tell them to stop being a whiny little *$^#*.
I absolutely adored Fault in our Stars... but you can skip this one.
I just did not like the story.
Sorry just did not like the story
Grea, well told, and life embracing story. Both insightful and entertaining.
Great performance , grabbed your interest.
It's not easy to make me laugh or cry, and this book truly touches your heart .
Listen and enjoy!!
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
It was wonderful to watch Will and Will meet and change each other’s lives forever. John Green’s Will Grayson was my favorite of the 2 Will Grayson’s but they were both equally amazing characters.
Every moment with Tiny! To quote Mean Girls: Tiny is almost too gay to function. I need a Tiny Cooper in my life.
No, I haven't. I strongly recommend listening to the audiobook version of this book instead of reading it. The audio version gives this book so much more than reading it ever could. The narrators even sings all the songs! I just don’t feel that reading the book could be nearly as enjoyable as listening to it.
The ending with Tiny Dancer
I truly believe that there’s nothing John Green can’t write that I won’t love. I literally laughed out loud almost the entire audiobook listen. My coworkers were looking at me like I was crazy while I was laughing out loud at one of the numerous hilarious quotes in this book.
And now I definitely need to read more my David Levithan now. His writing style was excellent and so incredibly funny!
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
Funny, Witty, Fabulous!!! This book deals with so many controversial issues and at the same time it gets to be funny and smart. It took me a long time to start listening to it, but when I started, I didn't want to stop.
This is a teenage book, but it is not meant only for teens. If you are a parent of a clinically depressed child, you should definitely listen to this book. It gets to be so accurate that it makes me think the authors have lived this kind of experience. This book also touches the “being gay” subject, as well as falling in love. Very diversified.
I can't compare this book to any other, but I can compare the writing style. John Green is witty, hilarious and so insightful! I think this is like his mark! Something you can't miss when you read one of his books.
The narrators? SOOOOO Perfect! Their performance of the characters, their singing! OMG! Loved it!
I truly recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh out loud of the jokes, and also to the people who’d like to learn more about depression, and more of what goes inside the teenage head.
I would sum it up as "Gotta love Tiny Cooper". This book may be named Will Graysonx2, but under the surface, it really is about fabulous extraordinaire Tiny Cooper. He steals the show big time, and what's really amazing is how much sense it makes in the end.
To me it was the first encounter between the Will Graysons. The whole night as a whole. There the story's plot thickens to unthinkable levels, taking the whole arc into a new level.
Second best moment for me would be Will Grayson #2 preparing to meet Isaac. That scene resonated with me in a big way.
They both have my full admiration for what they did here. They prove that audio books are a whole different monster, done well, it can elevate a book to new levels, and I think they did so brilliantly in this one. My only complain would be that they should not have read literally the internet chat conversations, at least not all the time. It was a bit distracting to hear the user name on each dialogue. Besides that, their performance is a full 6 stars.
"Try, fail, try, fail, try, fail, try, fail, try, IT"
this was a really enjoyable, funny, and touching book. The characters are it's main asset, all of them are the kind of people you wish you were friends with. The dialogue is another great asset of the book, it's abundant with memorable similes, metaphors, exaggerations and brilliant comments on human nature and life. If only we people talked like that more often, or at least, if we had the intelligence, sarcasm and bravery to talk like that.
A great, addictive and highly enjoyable read in a word.
Where do I start with this one? Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a lot of things: funny, sad, heartbreaking, true, romantic, sweet, loud, and so much more. Let me start by saying I had no idea what the story was about. That’s right, I went into the book without knowing anything about it. It’s gotten fantastic reviews, and I just finished something by David Levithan that I really liked, so I figured that was good enough for me.
So the bad thing is, when I started, I didn’t realize it was told from two different point of views. And I also didn’t realize that it was narrated by two different people, so when the second chapter started, I thought “Wow, Will sure did change all of the sudden. And why does the narrator’s voice sound so different?” (Yeah, I’m not so swift.) So, after finally reading the book description, I realized what was going on and could actually enjoy the story. And boy did I.
I liked the two Will Graysons as characters, though I preferred WG#1. He was kinder than WG#2, who had a bad attitude and was especially vicious to his mother for no clear reason. WG#1′s bestie, Tiny Cooper, was something, he was practically the star of the book. He was big, loud and proud. He was self-centered and completely unapologetic about it.
"Tiny is talking about his blinding light spiritual awakening in a way that, nothing against Tiny, kind of implies that maybe Tiny has not fully internalized the idea that the earth does not spin around the axis of Tiny Cooper."
He was hard to like at first, but he eventually grew on me. All of the other characters were unique and interesting. No one-dimensional people here. They all had their own flaws and personality traits that made them so believable. Nobody was perfect or flawless or always said and did the right thing. The dialogue was full of cussing, and some of it felt unnecessary, but otherwise, I liked the way the kids talked to each other. They were real and (most of the time) honest. The story was full of one-liners and sarcasm that made me happy. There were several occasions where I laughed out loud and even once or twice I had to replay something I had missed because I was laughing too loud to hear it.
The plot was interesting; it focused mostly on the Wills (and Tiny), but also their friends, school, partying, and the choices they made in all of those areas. It really flew by, although there were maybe one or two spots I thought could have been whittled down for a more streamlined story. There was also a bit at the end I didn’t feel added anything to the story or the characters. It was supposed to be a big learning moment for Tiny, but I didn’t get it. It just seemed silly and pointless to me.
The narrators were amazing. They sounded similar, but once you know there are two different Wills (duh, Andrea), they were easy to tell apart and the two voices make it easy to know which Will was speaking in that chapter. They became the Wills so perfectly and completely, I can’t imagine anyone else playing those parts.
One of the plot lines involved Tiny and the musical he created. Throughout the novel, and at the end, songs were performed by the students. The narrators did such a fabulous job of bringing those songs to life, I can’t imagine reading the novel and not knowing how the songs sound “in real life.”
Funny and touching, this is a one-of-a-kind gem. I highly recommend the audio version, you would be missing out on a lot if you skipped it.