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Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green, David Levithan

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Overall, I enjoyed this book. I didn't like it as much as some of the other John Green books I have read, but it was still a good read.

Interesting concept for a story. I really enjoyed the characters. I'll admit it took me a while to warm up to Will Grayson (the depressed one), probably because he hit a little too close to home with my own depression and self-loathing. He was still a good character, but he's not always palatable. I will mostly reference this Will Grayson throughout my review, because he's the one I most identify with, and I'll refer to him as The Depressed Will Grayson, because that is the aspect I most identify with in his character. 

I think there are a lot of great, relatable lessons in this book. Whether you are figuring out your sexuality or not, there is so much other stuff going on in this book (friendship, honesty, love, self-worth) that everyone can take something away form it.

I also liked the various representations of gay characters. Not every gay character is "gay" in the way that Tiny Cooper is gay. They aren't just stereotypes of gay people, the characters live and breath like real people. Will Grayson (the depressed one) is so different from Tiny Cooper or Gary. Each is their own person outside of their gay identity. 

Also, oh my goodness, it is impossible to not fall in love with Tiny Cooper. Even when he's being kind of a self-centered jerk, you still love him. No wonder Will Grayson (the non-depressed one) gets sucked into his orbit. 

There are some "jokes" that were made it poor taste, in my opinion, such as those regarding school shootings and self harm. But overall, the book was good.

I enjoyed the audiobook version of having two different narrators, one for each Will Grayson. It was a little difficult to remember which Will Grayson was narrating between listenings (especially once their paths crossed), but the different voices helped. 

Overall, a good read. I enjoyed it.