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Will Grayson, Will Grayson | [John Green, David Levithan]

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Will Grayon, Will Grayson, is the story of two teenagers — both named Will Grayson — and the long list of coincidences that ends with their random meeting in an adult video store (where neither of them are actually shopping). in the text version, the two Wills are distinguished in several ways: The first Will — the one written by John Green and narrated by Nick Podehl — chimes in for the odd-numbered chapters and gets his name capitalized, while the second, written by David Levithan and read by MacLeod Andrews, takes over the even-numbered chapters and goes by the more idiosyncratic will grayson (all lowercase). Since both characters are written in first person, it’s up to Podehl and Andrews to make the distinction clear in the audio version, and they do it well: Podehl’s Will is a teen who’s made a point of not getting too involved with anything or anyone, and the narrator balances the guarded tones of Will’s speaking voice with the less-controlled run of his thoughts, while Andrews gives his will a fast-paced, sarcastic tone that matches the character’s typical teenage cynicism.

While the story builds to the chance meeting between the Wills, the narrators take on a lineup of secondary characters: parents, girlfriends, boyfriends, and one large boy named Tiny Cooper who ties them all together. Podehl has more to work with in his chapters, bringing Will, Tiny, and their friends to life; much of Andrews’ time is spent reading online chats and back and forth dialogue that will prefaces with “me:” and “her:” or “him:” so he has fewer opportunities to develop those voices. But both narrators infuse their readings with the emotions, attitudes, and sentiments that will be familiar to anyone who knows (or was) a teenager. —Blythe Copeland

Publisher's Summary

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

©2010 John Green (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    DanFritz Orange County 12-11-12
    DanFritz Orange County 12-11-12
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    "Very entertaining and interesting characters"
    What did you love best about Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    The characters in this book are very realistic and fun to read about. It's not often that we get to read books from the perspective of two separate people, and one of those people being the typical sidekick of a group rather than the leader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeSLiE 08-18-12
    LeSLiE 08-18-12

    QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!

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    "This Is An Adult Book, Sold in the YA section. FYI"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It wasn't so much the book, as the graphic nature it entailed, I know that because the characters in the book are suppose to be in High School, that this book is sold and marketed in the Young Adult section. But believe me, this is an Adult Book, with Adult Themes and Adult Sex.


    What was most disappointing about John Green and David Levithan ’s story?

    The story was fine. I just wasn't prepared for it. You have to understand that I thought I was about listen to a Young Adult Novel about two boys that just happen to have the same name.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performances were wonderful. Both Narrators are seasoned professionals.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for ADULTS. If it were a movie, it would be rated R. Parents should listen to audio book before you let you're child. Which is a good idea no matter what book it is. :)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie Herndon, VA, United States 08-13-12
    Jennie Herndon, VA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

    I do crossword puzzles in pen.

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    "Great for Teens - Not the Best for Adults"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    The performance of Will Grayson, Will Grayson was spectular. The book was written by two different authors from the viewpoints of two different Will Graysons and also narrated by two different actors - each with his own way of portraying the worlds of the WIll Graysons.


    Any additional comments?

    As an avid reader of young adult literature (YAL) and someone who has studied YAL at an academic level, I found this book to be good, even great, for teens but not the best for adults. While the novel delved into some very real issues (the treament of young gay teens), it dealt with a lot of very teen-level issues (popularity, finding a girlfriend/boyfriend, getting a fake ID, etc.) as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 08-06-12
    Deborah 08-06-12 Member Since 2008

    Love to listen on my way to work!

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    "Phenomenal !!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Will Grayson, Will Grayson to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to the book, but as an English teacher, I think that listening really brings a dimension that many readers ( possibly struggling readers) would appreciate.


    What other book might you compare Will Grayson, Will Grayson to and why?

    I think John Green books belong in a category of their own. This one is tied for first place in that category.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Tiny Cooper will live in infamy forever in my mind, but both Will Graysons (main characters) were captured perfectly. The performers were both incredible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listened to this book with my teen daughters (14 and 16) as we were driving. We laughed out loud and became emotionally invested in all of the characters. A few times we had to drive more than needed just so we could keep listening. The book stimulated lots of great conversations!


    Any additional comments?

    This book deals with many teen issues in a way that is honest and hopeful. Everyone needs to embody a bit of Tiny Cooper!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-11-12
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    "A wonderful listening experience!"
    What about MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ’s performance did you like?

    The different voices were great at keeping the two Wills straight in my head...that being said,mboth were wonderful in conveying each character's point of view.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I both laughed and cried...it was wonderfully written and performed!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russ 05-20-12
    Russ 05-20-12
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    "Maybe I'm not sensitive enough?"

    After reading soo many glowing reviews, I was disappointed. I'm an adult male with teenage boys and I bought this for them, but neither of them finished it. I think young adult women would appreciate this more than most guys unless the guys were struggling with their sexuality or really got off on musicals. I guess we were not the target audience.

    This is the second time I bought a book based on reviews, without checking the names (gender) of the reviewers. I've found if 90% of the reviewers are women, then I may be disappointed (with the exception of The Help) and I was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen 04-23-12
    Kristen 04-23-12
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    "Funny and touching"

    On a whim and a general recommendation that anything John Green touches turns to gold, I used a credit on this audiobook and I'm so glad I did. While it didn't make me want to hit play and listen again as soon as I reached the end, this was a solid story with a lot of heart. I enjoyed the treatment of LGBT issues and how the authors balanced acknowledging the unique situation gay teenagers must deal with and treating gay characters the same as straight ones. The narrators were good and I liked the alternating chapters from the points of view of the two Will Graysons -- kept it interesting and fresh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-19-12
    Carol LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-19-12
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    "Teen angst is funny when it's not happening to you"

    I really enjoyed the characters and how their lives interwined with each other in a modern, digital age. The story is very clever and funny! It was a unique way to write a novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 03-05-12
    Lisa 03-05-12
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    "Worst Language Ever"
    What would have made Will Grayson, Will Grayson better?

    The language was so deplorable that I couldn't listen beyond an hour.


    What was most disappointing about John Green and David Levithan ’s story?

    The language and continual sexual issues - I couldn't even get to the plot!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved The Fault in Our Stars so I decided on this book by John Green without fully investigating the content or reviews. I am no prude but the language in this book was beyond that heard on teenage rugby fields or ice hockey practices. I only lasted about an hour after listening to more foul language than ever - some that I have never heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mimi Columbia, SC, United States 03-05-12
    mimi Columbia, SC, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "excellent story about teenage journeys"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to my friends who are openminded about sexual differences.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Will Grayson, Will Grayson?

    The most memorable moment was during the performance of Tiny Cooper when all the people calling themselves Will Grayson spoke up.


    What about MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl ’s performance did you like?

    The performers were excellent!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I cried during the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Having Andrews and Podehl as readers made the book so entertaining. The singing voices were superb. It made me wonder how this would come across in the book itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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