Will Grayson, Will Grayson Summary & Study Guide

John Green (author)
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Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan is a book written for young adults. The premise and execution of the novel is quite unusual as every other chapter tells the story of Will Grayson. There are two Will Graysons.

The first chapter is written by John Green and is from the point of view of Will Grayson, a teenage high school student from Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Green's character, Will Grayson, has the same name as the second character will grayson, which is written by David Levithan. In order to keep the characters separate, the odd numbered chapters are written by Green in the persona of Will Grayson; the even numbered chapters are written by Levithan in the persona of will grayson. Green's character, Will Grayson, is always noted through using capital letters while Levithan's will grayson is written in lower case, a la ee cummings. The writing used throughout will grayson's story is all in lower case, including the names of the other characters. Will Grayson often refers to will grayson as o.w.g. (the other will grayson) to further distinguish the characters.

The first (original) Will Grayson is a student at Evanston High School, located on the outskirts of Chicago. Will loves Chicago, although his hometown, Naperville, leaves something to be desired. Will, however, loves Chicago proper. There is something about the smell that Will likes plus there always seems to be something to do in the city which is certainly not true in Naperville. The other will grayson (often referred to as o.w.g.) also lives in the suburbs of Chicago, in a neighborhood eerily similar to Will Grayson's neighborhood.

The stories of the boys are somewhat routine until they happen to meet. In the main turning point in the story, Will and will both go to the same porn store in Chicago to meet Isaac, a would-be love interest that does not exist.

The main differences between the two Will Graysons are that the original Will Grayson is a somewhat confused teen that decides the only way to get through life is to be as removed as possible so that one won't get hurt. In fact, Will has two rules for living - 1. Don't care too much; and 2. Shut up. Will believes that these rules serve him well and keep him out of the public eye. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Will's best friend Tiny Cooper never obeys the rules.

Tiny Cooper is Will's best friend. Will describes Tiny this way: "Tiny Cooper is not the world's gayest person, and is not the world's largest person, but I believe he may be the world's largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world's gayest person who is really, really large" (chap. 1, p. 3).

The boys suffer through typical teen angst. Tiny is constantly in love and completely self-involved. Will is struggling with his sexuality, which finally becomes clear when he falls for Jane, a quirky girl who challenges Will.

The other will grayson is angry about everything, at all times. Will is not entirely sure why he is angry. Things change when will grayson meets Will Grayson in Chicago. When will grayson meets Tiny Cooper, his whole life changes. will grayson falls in love.

Both Will Graysons struggle with their relationships as well as self-acceptance. The culmination of the story settles these issues as both Will Graysons discover the truth about themselves at the premiere of Tiny's musical "Hold me Closer". It is at that point that the Will Graysons realize that their lives will never be the same.

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