I must confess that I have a bit of a collector's mentality. I wouldn't call myself highly materialistic (though I do love material things) but I crave experience and when I fanboy I try to go as fully fanboy as possible. This is why after reading and loving John Green's TFIOS, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines I decided to pick up Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I expected another somewhat formulaic but also completely brilliant and fresh John Green book. What I did not bargain for was David Levithan's unique style which attacks young adult fiction in a somewhat different but equally real and interesting way.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about two misfit teenage boys, One is a somewhat social and outgoing heterosexual with a gay friend named Tiny (who is anything but), the other a deeply depressed and self hating homosexual with no real friends whose world view is a mixture of dark humor and total pessimism. Initially the only thing connecting these two characters is that they both share the name Will Grayson. Long story short, they meet in a porn shop and the course of both their lives takes a turn.
Now I could take you through the entirety of the novel. I could talk about the important character progression or the importance of learning to let go or letting yourself care but you know what I'm not going to. The only thing I want to talk to you about is the real star of this book. His not Will Grayson. It is Tiny Fucking Cooper. Tiny Cooper is the most fabulous and awesome thing about this entire book. He's so incredibly gay. By this I don't mean to stereotype gay people. It's just that Tiny could easily be some kind of stereotype but he's not. He's a flamboyant and hilarious gay romeo who may have a tendency to be a bit of a drama queen. He's hilarious but at the same time a genuinely good and warmhearted person. He knows who he is and he owns it. He's the sort of person who writes a musical about himself and doesn't care what anybody says so long as his vision is realized.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a hilarious and thought provoking book with a fleshed out cast of characters and a feeling that it is grounded in the reality of everyday. You should go out and read it as soon as possible. I'm a thousand percent sure it will be a movie within ten years.