David Levithan and Andrea Cremer met each other in Washington, DC, even though that's not where they live. Andrea was pretty certain she wasn't invisible, but David confirmed that fact by introducing her to some other writers, who were all able to see her. Before writing with Andrea, David had never written a novel with a one-word title. His novels include Every Day, Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn). You can visit David at www.davidlevithan.com and follow his lover's dictionary on Twitter @loversdiction. He lives just outside New York City.
In alternating chapters, the authors track two teens, both named Will Grayson, who accidentally meet halfway through the novel, perhaps changing the trajectory of both of their lives. One Will is vintage Green: a smart nerd whose rules to live by include "don't care too much," with a scene-stealing sidekick-Tiny Cooper, a large, flamboyantly gay classmate intent on staging an autobiographical musical. The other will (lowercase throughout) is angry and depressed; the one bright spot in his existence is an online friendship with "Isaac." When will agrees to meet Isaac one night in Chicago, readers know nothing good will happen-and they will be wrong. A well-orchestrated big reveal takes the story in a new direction, one that gives (lowercase) will greater dimension. The ending is laudable but highly implausible. The journey to it is full of comic bits, mostly provided by the irrepressible Tiny, who needs his own novel. Frank sexual language-a shot at a bar "tastes like Satan's fire cock"-pushes this one to high school, where its message of embracing love in all its forms ought to find a receptive audience. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Told in alternating chapters by alternating narrators, John Green and David Levithan's masterful story (Dutton, 2010) is beautifully rendered as an audiobook. When Will Grayson, an awkward teen who's unsure of how to connect with others without getting hurt, and Will Grayson, an angry, gay teen, meet by chance, their lives are forever changed.and connected. The authors address friendship, self-identity, self-acceptance, true love, family, and prejudice in a story that's sure to touch listeners' hearts. MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl give poignant performances. A 2011 Odyssey Award Honor winner. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
'I don't know who or what I loved most about the Wills and their world, but this is one of my top three reads of the year. It has everything I devour in a novel: heart, humour and dialogue I'd kill to have written.' -- Melina Marchetta 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a bold and honest book...Like Tiny Cooper, this novel is big, crazy and lovable. Like the two W/wills, it seeks self-understanding.' Weekend Australian 'Will Grayson's having one of those days in this hilarious story about teen brooding and acceptance.' Girlfriend 'A wonderfully warm, innovative and intelligent novel about friendship and forgiveness.' Adelaide Advertiser 'a slick, funny, sensitive book...Green and Levithan keep their literary plates spinning-with style...Engaging, frequently hilarious reading.' Sunday Age 'This novel taught me an important lesson-you don't have to be a young adult to enjoy a young adult book...a funny touching and thoroughly entertaining novel, regardless of whether you are 14 or 40.' Weekend Press, Dominion Post Weekend, Waikato Times 'A terrific high-energy tale of teen love, lust, intrigue, anger, pain and friendship.' Booklist 'Powerful, thought-provoking, funny, moving and unique.' School Library Journal 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a complete romp...the novel is so tightly woven that it begins to feel miraculous...so funny, rude and original that by the time flowers hit the stage after Hold Me Closer, even the musical-averse will cheer.' New York Times 'will have readers simultaneously laughing, crying and singing at the top of their lungs.' -- Kirkus Reviews