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
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.
Loved the story, very personable.
The narration was terrific, and the character acting was my favorite.
Would read again, and highly recommend it to any John Green or David Levithan fans.
Really to anybody.
The narrators are so expressive! I liked the story, but for the first time, I enjoyed the performance of it even more.
The story is s fresh turn. Straight people and gay people are friends!
I usually don't write reviews. For anything. However, I just can't pass up the chance to say "Absolutely Well Done!!"
I loved the novel when I read it, but I LOVE the audiobook even more. Kudos to Nick Podehl and MacLeod Andrews for lending their voices so well to all the characters--especially Tiny Cooper! It's uncanny how he sounds exactly like how I imagined him when I was reading the book. Please, please do Hold Me Closer too!!
This is my fourth time listening! Highly recommend for anyone who needs a laugh as well as something insightful. Plus there is Singing
I would love to see "Hold Me Closer" on stage! Listening I'm imagine how to stage it, the final scene, the rigging, the timing, the acrobatic move above the lights, the stunt fall. seems impossible, but IT WOULD BE AWESOME!
I love this book so much and I love the way that the narrator puts emotions into the words, even more than John and David did. I loved the parts when the narrator started singing like Tiny.
I seriously have no words for why I waited so long to read this book. I know that I had friends read this book severeal years ago and LOVED it. I do not know why I waited so long.
THE WAIT WAS SO WORTH IT! I honest to God LAUGHED OUT LOUD numerous times. I am so in love with this book. I am going to order a paperback RIGHT NOW for my daughter because I think she will so love it. Honestly, read it. JUST READ IT!
It is beautiful and happy and sad and loving and mean and emotional and I can't figure out right now which emotion I want to write about. I am a tornadic emotion! SERIOUSLY! BUT i totally love this book!!!!!!!!!!!
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