YA Favorite: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

One chilly Chicago night, Will Grayson meets the last person he expected to meet: Will Grayson. These two teens may have the same name, but their similarities seemingly end there. Will Grayson Number One lives with a steadfast desire to stay under the radar. This is a constantly difficult task because of Tiny Cooper, Will’s flamboyant, enormous best friend. Will Grayson Number Two is wading through a sea of depression. He has no close friends and he likes it that way. However, the two Wills have more in common than they realize. When their lives intertwine, it sets off a chain of events that changes both of them for the better.

There are a lot of reasons to love Will Grayson, Will Grayson. This groundbreaking novel tells a fantastic story through the perspectives of two very different teens. In alternating chapters, John Green (author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars) and David Levithan (author of The Lover’s Dictionary and coauthor of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) each write from the perspective of one of the Will Graysons. This gives the two characters truly unique voices.

The friendships and romances between the characters are complicated and deep. This book is quirky, entertaining, poignant, and absolutely should not be missed.

Note: This book contains coarse language and some sexual references. Recommended for ages 15+.


  1. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I checked it out from the library and it was hilarious. The spine was cracked and the book had been dog eared to death. The best part, though, was the smell! Someone had (I’m guessing) poured cologne ALL over the book. It gave reading the book an entirely new level to it. I could only imagine it as Tiny’s cologne. I was out and about shortly after reading the book and smelled the exact same cologne on a man in front of me at a check out line and all I could think about was this book.

    Have you read An Abundance of Katherines? I think, so far, that’s my favorite John Green book — but Will Grayson, Will Grayson is fantastic.

    • That’s hilarious! I probably would have imagined it as Tiny’s cologne too if it were me.

      An Abundance of Katherines is the only John Green book that I haven’t read yet. I started it and got about a third of the way in but it was moving a little slowly and I couldn’t really get into it. When I can get it from the library again I’ll finish it. I love all of John Green’s other books, though. He’s definitely a favorite of mine.

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