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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

by John Green and David Levithan

Published by Penguin, 2010
304 pages
ISBN: 9780525421580

Age 14 and older

Two teenage boys, both named Will Grayson, have little in common but their name. One is straight, one is gay. The straight Will Grayson has always lived in the shadow of his larger-than-life gay best friend, Tiny Cooper, but he is just beginning to come into his own and develop a relationship with Jane, a girl he met in his high school’s GSA. The gay Will Grayson is depressed and lonely, and the only real happiness in his life come from an online friendship with a mysterious boy named Isaac. When the two Will Graysons meet through a chance encounter, things start to change for both of them, as the fabulously flamboyant Tiny Cooper (“the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and the world’s gayest person who is really, really large”) takes center stage in both their lives. Told in the alternating voices of both Will Graysons, each one emerges as a distinctive, fully rounded character, and their intertwining stories are told with a perfect mix of humor and adolescent angst. (KTH) ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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