Green, John and David Levithan. (2010). Will Grayson, Will Grayson. New York: Dutton Books.
Textbook Chapter: 4
Subgenre: Realistic Fiction
Possible Curriculum Connections: High School literature class; Guidance Lessons on Acceptance;
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is about two high school students who share the name, Will Grayson, and live in separate suburbs of Chicago. The two live very different lives, but are brought together by a twist of fate in the city of Chicago. Will Grayson and his best friend Tiny, and friend Jane, went to the city to see a concert, but Will was not allowed in because his fake id was bad. The other Will Grayson was lured to the city by a friend pretending to be a gay teen named Isaac who Will had formed a relationship online. It turns out that Isaac didn't exist, but Will Grayson did meet Tiny, and the two became boyfriends. However, this relationship did not last, but Tiny taught both Will Graysons a lesson in life. He taught them to be happy and to not be afraid to feel. In the end, Tiny produced, wrote and starred in a musical about his life, during which both Wills attended and showed Tiny their appreciation and everyone ended up happy.
Personal Reaction/ Why Teens Would Want to Read this Book:
I loved this book! It started out a little slow for me, and at first, I did not think I would like it. However, by the end, I was fully invested in the characters and desperately wanted everyone to be happy! I love the themes of the book: love, acceptance, taking risks, etc. I really think that teens would be able to relate to the characters in this book whether they are gay, straight, popular, outcasts, etc. There is someone that everyone can relate to! I also thought that this book did a great job of addressing some of the issues that homosexual teens face. Overall, I thought this book was worth reading and would recommend it to high school students!