Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green 4 starsView full review here!John Green and David Levithan?! Is there anything better than that? To be honest, when I first read this book (the second time being a few months ago) I'd never even heard of David Levithan, so I had no idea what to expect from him. John Green's Looking for Alaska was already one of my favorites, so I was a bit skeptical towards David Levithan. Yeah. I don't understand it either.Obviously John Green + David Levithan = a sea of poetry, philosophy, perfection, and many quotable paragraphs. I just love their writing. I think I've mentioned it before, but I don't always like books that have changing POVs. I always get the stories and characters mixed up and end up having to read about half the book again because I'm LOST. Well, this book didn't have that at all! It was very easy to keep the two Will Graysons apart, because (for some reason I don't remember--do they even mention it in the book?) David Levithan's Will Grayson doesn't use caps.But they were also just very different. Apart from their names, they didn't have anything in common (characteristically I mean). It was very easy to fall in love with the first Will Grayson (John Green's), because he is like any other John Green protagonist: funny, nerdy, quiet, sweet. But mostly very funny. David Levithan's Will Grayson took me some time to get used to. He starts off gloomy, and a bit depressed. I also had to get used to his use of language, but I ended up liking it very much.I loved how the story revolves around their meeting, which happens in the middle of the book... in a porn shop. So. I also loved how both of their stories are linked together by Tiny Cooper. Tiny Cooper, who is First Will's best friend and Second Will's... no, won't tell. Tiny Cooper, who is the biggest, gayest, kindest, most certain, most remarkable, most over the top character ever created. He is A LOT, but he's also amazing.What really stood out for me was the character growth. Definitely one of the stronger aspects of this book. I love how both Wills struggle with different things and how both eventually learn how to deal with that. And even though this book features romance, it was more about friendship to me. First Will and Tiny Cooper's friendship, that is. Will and Will's friendship. Second Will and Maura's friendship. Friendship, everywhere.What I really liked about this book is how there's much happening, even though it doesn't involve many action scenes or changes in setting. If you know what I mean. The characters go through so much that there's no need for that. It's just right.This book is great for a fun and fast paced read and I would highly recommend it. You must think: if she loved it so much, why did she only give it 4 stars? I did love it, but in contrast to other books by these authors, it wasn't life changing for me. Which was sort of what I was expecting. It wasn't that I couldn't stop thinking about it for days after finishing. I also thought the ending wasn't enough. I can deal with cliffhangers (sometimes), and I love closed endings almost every time. This was neither. I would've liked to have gotten some more.But it was still a unique story. If you're a fan of John Green and or David Levithan like me, you should definitely read it.Memorable quotes"I do not say 'good bye'. I believe that's one of the bullshittiest words ever invented. It's not like you're given the choice to say 'bad-bye' or 'awful-bye' or 'couldn't-care-less-about-you-bye'. Every time you leave, it's supposed to be a good one. Well, I don't believe in that. I believe against that.""Some people have lives, some people have music.""When things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together again. It's because a little piece gets lost - the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. The whole shape has changed.""I want you to come over to my house in twenty years with your dude and your adopted children and I want our f****** kids to hang out and I want to, like, drink wine and talk about the Middle East or whatever the f*** we're gonna do when we're old."