Reviews for Will Grayson, Will Grayson

AudioFile Reviews 2010 May
This unique collaborative novel features alternating chapters about two different teenage boys named Will Grayson. Odd chapters, written by John Green and read by Nick Podehl, feature a witty, likable Will, who is doing his best to avoid relationships and commitment. Even chapters, written by David Levithan and read by MacLeod Andrews, are told from the perspective of a bitter, cynical, but lovelorn gay teen. Both narrators encapsulate the mood and personality of their respective Wills, telling the story of how the two boys eventually meet in a Chicago porn shop. The writing and performances are superb; however, the language and explicit content make this an audiobook for mature teen listeners. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August

Gr 9 Up--Told in alternating chapters, with alternating narrators, John Green and David Levithan's brilliant story is beautifully rendered in audiobook format. When Will Grayson, an awkward teen who is unsure of how to connect with others without getting hurt, and will grayson, an angry, gay teen, both living in the suburbs of Chicago, meet by chance, their lives are forever changed…and connected. Will Grayson's gay best friend, Tiny Cooper, suddenly becomes will grayson's new boyfriend. The relationship doesn't last, though, and the aftereffects almost shatter Will and Tiny's friendship. Delving deep into the relationships in each teen's life, the authors address friendship, self-identity and acceptance, true love, family, and prejudice in a novel sure to touch the hearts of listeners. MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl give wholly believable and heart-rending performances. The narrators also provide wonderful singing performances when snippets from Tiny's musical, "Tiny Dancer," appear in the text. This title contains some strong language and adult themes, but is an excellent addition to high school collections.--Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT

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