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Editorial 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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WHAT WAS I WAITING FOR????????????????????????????

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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Good, but not great

It's a good listen, but nothing spectacular.
Overall I liked the narrators, but some bits were a little annoying to listen to. For example the singing and the online chatting sequences.

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  • Monique
  • Killeen, TX, United States
  • 01-19-15

WIll Grayson, Will Grayson

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, I've read almost all of John Green's books and I've enjoyed them. This story was a little different and being that it was two authors I had to check it out.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I thought it was cute. I really liked how everything came together.

What does MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They brought out the characters personality. I liked them both.

Could you see Will Grayson, Will Grayson being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see that happening. As far as the stars I honestly don't know.

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Amazing!

It's a really great book!
Originally I read it because of John Green, but together with David Levithan, everything just clicks.
I felt that the plot was a bit too centred around Tiny Cooper, and not the actual main characters. Despite that, it's really worth a read.

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another AMAZING light listening book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend it of course because is sincere and beautiful!

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

the first trip to the city where the Graysons encounter!

What does MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Loved the performance! they rock!

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

made me kinda teary some moments... powerful teen love story, just the kind I love to hear because they are so naive...

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I liked it...

I'm not a critic so what does my opinion matter? The production was great...the story was hard to follow at the begining...and t he ending "number" about made me throw up. It's cute though with witty humor and easy dialogue.

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will GRAYSON, WILL grayson

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. This book was ok. I didnt hate it or love it. I continued reading, hoping something interesting would happen (it never did).

Would you be willing to try another book from John Green and David Levithan ? Why or why not?

Im not sure. Maybe ill pick one up in a year or two

Any additional comments?

It was definitely a book about nothing. While having two main characters with the same name was interesting, neither character stood out to me. The most interesting character was Tiny, but even he was annoying and self centered.I gave this book 3.5 * mostly because I appreciated the underlined message of unconditional friendship and accepting oneself for who he is (flaws and all).

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Great story, better reading

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

Everything. The singing was especially entertaining.

Any additional comments?

Tiny Cooper is one of my favorite characters in a while and MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl do such a great job of bringing out his personality. Great job by both guys and of course by John Green and David Levithan for making the story so interesting.

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Audible Needs a Teen Section

This book is not for adults. It's a book for kids who are looking for a rather soap opera style "me and my gay angst" book.

This about the third book I've fallen into based on reviews of originality and great story lines that simply aren't there. There is little in an audio book I dislike more than launching into an anticipated listen only to discover it's some hack teen pap that lies about 10 notches below Dog with a Blog.

Oh me, I'm kissing a boy! Yahoo. Whoopeeee. Deep stuff.

If you are over 14 years old this will be below your maturity level. Skip it.

Since I'm on a nasty tear I might as well slam the narrator. MacLeod Andrews can turn an 18 year old boy/man into a whiny 11 year old. He has a gift. I've not heard such sappy narration in a book read by anyone else. No 17, 18, 19 year old would sound as deserving of a kick in the butt with an admonition to grow up as the characters Andrews portrays.

Am I angry? Probably. I wasn't paying attention and stepped in this mess right after cleaning my shoes of "Jumper", an equally awful book.

So, 12-13 year olds can ignore this if your standards are relatively low. 14 - 18 year olds? I'm sorry for you if you think is worth your time. If you are over 18? Well, stay away from playgrounds please.

Audible: PLEASE MARK CHILDREN'S BOOK AS SUCH.

Final Note. Am I just anti teen? NO. Read Skippy Dies. It's BRILLIANT. Read the Virgin Suicides. BRILLIANT. It can be done.

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  • Jovia
  • FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States
  • 09-11-14

Super good!

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

I haven't read the book in print but I did appreciate that the characters perspectives were from different voices.

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

Um, Not sure its pretty different. Its about high school and friendship so any book slike that but it tells it in a different way

What does MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

a lot of comic tones.

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

yes! 100% both ways

Any additional comments?

loved it