I started reading ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ on Saturday night and finished it within 4 days, it was really good! I love John Green’s work, the next one I aim to read is ‘Looking For Alaska’. The themes he often writes about are very relatable and I feel that this is why his work is often popular among teens, my favourite of his so far has to be ‘The Fault in Our Stars’. The novel revolves around the lives of two teenage boys both named Will Grayson, the chapters alternate between the perspectives of the two Wills, and about 100 pages into the book, they coincidentally meet. Will #1 is best friends with Tiny, and his story mainly revolves around the potential love between him and Jane, whilst Will #2 is generally more negative; his story is about coping with his negative mental health and the struggles of being gay. My favourite characters in the book are definitely Will #2 and Tiny Cooper.
The way in which the authors write the perspective of Will #2 is very interesting, use of capital letters and correct punctuation and grammar is limited, I interpreted this to be representative of his mental state, he shows little motivation throughout and perhaps this lack of grammar further suggests this. I really admire the attitude of Tiny Cooper, he is portrayed to be the hope and light of all of the characters and essentially he is the common ground between them all. He is very confident despite his weight and openly expresses his gay personality, he is who he is and I think to be who you are is the one of the most admirable characteristics in a person. The idea that his ‘hugeness’ is constantly reinforced throughout the text shows that, whilst other people take notice of it, because Tiny himself is completely accepting of his appearance, other people don’t seem to see his flaws in a negative light. Green and Leuithan could be perhaps conveying the message that if you are confident and embrace your imperfections, the people around you will do the same. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would thoroughly recommend it.