I thought I would update you on the latest YA book that I completed (only yesterday). Written by David Levithan and John Green, this book (Will Grayson, Will Grayson) got me intrigued as a writer trying to learn more about the YA genre. Today I want to briefly explain to you why I enjoyed this cheeky little book.
Reflections On The Story
John Green impressed me with his contribution to ‘Let It Snow’ and David Levithan made me smile with his Dash chapters in ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.’ Having a title which is the same name (Will Grayson) repeated, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but should have guessed that it was about two lads with the exact same name.
Anyone who knows me will be aware that I love books where each chapter is told by a different character. In this case we know which Will we are reading because one uses ordinary letters and the other writes entirely in lower case letters.
There is an LGBTQ character called Tiny who is best mates with one Will and comes across the other in more romantic circumstances. Best mate Will also has a love interest of his own, Jane. The internal dialogue is funny, clever and really draws you into both of the main characters’ lives. Of course these guys are teenagers and so sometimes the story is quite silly but in an entertaining way.
As far as YA fiction goes, this uses a combination of speech and exposition to tell a heart-warming story about a boy who wants to create a school musical whilst exploring his friendships with our two narrators, Will and will. I really enjoyed this cheeky but intelligent YA story.
If you enjoyed this article perhaps consider following my blog for future similar content. Here is my previous review of The Girl in the Blue Coat which was a satisfying wartime drama.