Will Grayson, Will Grayson

To start things off, I’ll re-post the latest review I did for Goodreads. Enjoy.

First, the horribly truncated summary: Two teenage boys with the same name come of age after meeting in a porn store.

Quite honestly, when I think about this book, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Awesome, but not as good as The Fault in Our Stars.” It is a terrible thing to think, because it hampers the ability to review the book honestly and by itself. Still, I doubt I’m the only person who was significantly more invested in The Fault in Our Stars.

It may be because both title characters are in the depths of teen angst without having a reason to be angst-y. Though, that might make for an accurate portrayal of teens: full of angst for no reason.

Oh, and one of the title characters is homosexual, as well as one of the main supporting characters.

No no no no don’t run away! It’s actually well done.

What do I mean by that? Well, instead of being defined by their sexuality, the characters (all of them, gay or straight) are fully developed personalities. Also, there really isn’t any hatred of gays like you would see in other books touching the same topic. When one boy comes out to his mother, she’s not entirely surprised by it and is accepting, which shocks the teen entirely. It’s mostly teens acting as ordinary teens.

And I didn’t latch on to any of them. I might have if I were 10 years younger.

Anyway, the ending was a surprise of the unconventional sort and the book is worth a read.


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