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Bookmarks: Green, Levithan the novel dream team

2 February 2014 By Laura Antonucci, Columnist No Comments

It seems that right now the world is enamored with John Green.

Green was on the most recent cover of Mental Floss magazine, is a YouTube staple along with his brother, has written more books than most people realize and has a movie coming out later this year, based off one of his many best-selling novels.

That being said, here’s another dose of John Freaking Green.

“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” is a stand-out novel in comparison to the rest of the John Green canon because it was co-written with author David Levithan.

Levithan’s writing style provides balance to Green. Green has a talent for killing his audience with all the emotions, while Levithan’s writing is a more subtle approach to the emotional rollercoaster.

“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” is about two boys in the Chicago area who are both named – you guessed it – Will Grayson. Green writes from the point of view of one Will Grayson and Levithan writes from the other.

These two boys seem to have nothing in common except their name, but end up having the most unexpected relationship.

Any more details, and you will have to read the book. At just over 300 pages it is a easy read. “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” is a fun story that will allow you to escape back to the angst of high school, when problems were only social-circle deep, but meant as much as the rest of the world.

Yet, Green and Levithan don’t just stop there.

“Will Grayson, Will Grayson” has some of the most interesting characters I’ve ever read in a young adult novel, and has an unexpected and uplifting ending that only Green is capable of.

John Green’s most dedicated fans have a title for themselves – Nerdfighters.

I may not be a Nerdfighter, or a die-hard young adult novel fan (blame that on “Twilight”) but Green, regardless of with who he is paired with, writes a fantastic story.

Should you run out and read everything with John Green’s name on it? Probably not.

But “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” deserves a read.


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