Will Grayson, Will Grayson is written by John Green and David Levithan. It’s based around two high-school students, both named Will Grayson, who meet after a night of mishaps and failed plans. Green and Levithan do a great job of alternating the chapters, with Green writing all the odd numbered chapters and Levithan writing the even numbered chapters. The book is hilarious, witty and focuses largely on the characters and their personal developments throughout the novel.
Will Grayson (the capitalized Will, written by Green) is perhaps on of the most difficult characters to summarize in this book. He spends most of the book trying to follow his two life rules of, not caring and shutting up. If I had to describe him in one word it would be conflicted. He doesn’t want to be in the spotlight, but is best friends with Tiny Cooper, who is always in the spotlight. He doesn’t want to care about anything, but finds himself attracted to Jane. He doesn’t want to break his rules, but by the end of the novel, he has learnt that his rules were not helping him in life, they were hindering him. The Will Grayson in the last few chapters of the novel is completely different to the Will Grayson in the first few chapters. His character growth is probably the most prominent in the novel.
will grayson (never capitalized and written by Levithan) is your typical cynical teenager. He also shows the world that not all gays are the stereotypical fashionista’s the media likes to advertise. After a large falling out with his friend Maura, he finds many good things coming his way. Although his life is changing for the better, it is brought to his attention that he is not moving forward, and he will continue to stay stuck in place until the last few chapters of the novel, where he learns to forgive and forget.
Jane is capitalized Will Grayson’s Love interest. She is your average punk rock loving, crazy haired teenager. She faces conflicts in her love life, involving Will Grayson, and her ex-boyfriend. She is unsure of who she cares for more, and who she wants to be with. She is also honest, and upfront with her opinions.
Tiny Cooper is perhaps the most important character in the novel. Although the book is titled Will Grayson, Will Grayson Tiny Cooper steals the show. He is described as “the worlds largest person who is really, really gay” and “the worlds gayest person who is really, really large.” Tiny is the rock of the group. He pushes the characters towards the things they want, before they even know they want them. Without Tiny, Will and Jane would’ve never got together. Will would’ve never broken his two most fundamental rules. will grayson would’ve never had the confidence to come out to the world or move on from his fall out with Maura. He is often under appreciated for the things he does for his friends. He is confident, and just down right fabulous.
The characters, and their personalities are what make the novel truly great. They are easy to relate to. Green and Levithan make you feel like you are right there in the book watching Tiny Coopers musical, or the fake Neutral Milk Hotel band walk on stage. Its an enticing novel, that gives you the sense that everything will keep getting better even after the book is over.