3.03.2013

Book Review: Will Grayson, Will Grayson with Giveaway

The thing about gay love stories is that they always arrive so wrong yet so right at the same time. So wrong as they always (and by always I mean really each and every single time) find a way to inflict turmoils among themselves; and so right as they always find a way to do it in the most romantic (the kind of which you will actually hate since even though you are a girl you know you will never have that kind of love story) way possible. I think that comes in parallel, since they don't have any way to go but to each other, they will have it in the most surreal way possible.

Except in John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson.


Title: Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Author: John Green and David Levithan
Genre: Teen Fiction
Sponsored by Lazada Philippines


One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both of them legions of faithful fans. - Goodreads

The thing about John Green is that he has his way of placing his readers on his stories. Or actually, it is the other way around, John Green readers always have their ways on placing themselves on his works. I have tried condensing myself on The Fault in Our Stars (see my review here) but then as I was half way through the story it seemed utterly pointless to do so since I am not dying an I don't have a dying boyfriend, or better yet I don't have a boyfriend (normal or dying). Also, I don't think love can ever be that hierophanic. Well of course love is a great mystery but not in the way only warlocks can understand. So I kind of read The Fault in Our Stars in the empty way.

I actually thought the John Green fever was nothing but a farce.

But here I am, self-individualizing because of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Of course it is a gay love story, and the last time I checked I still have the great V which makes it all utterly pointless why I have this tendency of being highly emphatic among gays. It's not like I will ever experience their pain. But as I have written on my disclaimer, their love stories get into me since they seem all pointless. And what could actually be better than a pointless love affair seizing all its struggles? None.

Storyline:

Even though its book cover shouts something outerspace-ial, there is nothing mystique or even special about its storyline. Here we have two Will Grayson, who are both having the worst days of their lives as they are trying to find their ways out of the jungle of youth. And if you have a normal teenage years you will know for a fact that it is far more tormenting than how it seems. The namesake case isn't the main topic of the story. Fortunately, it didn't go like "Hey you're Will Grayson too?" "Yes. You're a hot Will Grayson." "And so are you." *insert hook-up strategies here*. Rather, it just shows how hard life can be for a seemingly perfect yet completely baffled straight guy and for a supremely depressed gay. If you think this is but another story of third sex acceptance, I will debunk it immediately. The problems of acceptance come from the inside for the both of them- which makes it all closer to the truth.

Creativity:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson isn't the kind of story that will gain a blazing spot on your bookshelf, but on its own right it will gain one on your memory bank. The characters are the typical ones you will in other contemporary stories, except of course for the one named Tiny Cooper, John Green and David Levithan have to be commended for their bravery on putting the spotlight into someone that obscure-able. Either way, the settings and the ambiance of the story isn't that remarkable, but I do think it is really how Green and Levithan want it to be, so that everything may be centralized to the internal dilemmas of the major characters. Nonetheless, they have succeeded on doing so.

Technicality:

I can say that John Green (since it's my first time to read something from David Levithan) is a storyteller, not a wordsmith. He writes on the simplest way possible, which I think is good since it kind of delivers the messages easily. The thing with John Green is that his words don't flutter but his ideas do. I honestly don't know where should I put that verdict, which kind of convokes that John Green is one hell of a perplexing brilliant writer.

Over-all:

If I am to remove all these criteria I would give Will Grayson, Will Grayson an almost perfect score. It affects me deeply, and you can actually see my twitter account to verify that. There were instances when I saw myself right at those scenes. The story is not far from the reality, or better yet, it is the reality by itself. The problem among teenagers is clearly not the affliction from their environment, but their discrepancies from the inside. John Green and David Levithan have lain it perfectly in one whimsical book.

Quotable Quotes:

"Wisdom is certainly a better fate than the vast majority of kisses."

"Shouldn't letting go be painless if you've never learned how to hold on?"

"Sadly, science is baffled by mysteries of boy psychology."

“Caring doesn't sometimes lead to misery. It always does.”

“maybe tonight you're scared of falling, and maybe there's somebody here or somewhere else you're thinking about, worrying over, fretting over, trying to figure out if you want to fall, or how and when you're gonna land, and i gotta tell you, friends, to stop thinking about the landing, because it's all about falling.”


Afraid. Arelationshipal (Not asexual). On a constant emotional turmoil.

Hey, I can be a Will Grayson myself.


In case you missed it, I'm giving away a copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson from Lazada Philippines!





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