This month's book club pick was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. 

I must admit that at first I was a bit skeptic as to whether or not I would enjoy it. The book summary was not really appealing, the authors were unknown to me and if this book had not been picked to be our September book, I would probably never would have read it.

But I am getting ahead of myself here.

What is this book about?

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

(curtesy GoodReads)

As you can see, there isn't much to go on when it comes to the story. First of all, I did not expect it to be a story about homosexuality. I mean, the story is not about homosexuality per se, but more about love and friendship and how they both are linked and how they make us who we are despite the misconceptions and the appearances. I don't really read much of books covering the human sexuality (homo versus hetero) and if at first I was a bit uncomfortable, I soon put aside what i imagined and focused on the characters, the plot and the moral of the story. As soon as I picked up the book, I was sucked in. I had no idea where the book was leading me, and I really had no idea until I turned the last page, but it didn't really matter because the storyline was captivating. The characters were true, funny and unique. It was easy to understand where they came from, and to weight their worries and expectations. 
It's a story about love, friendship, forgiveness, and faith/hope.
If Will Grayson and Will Grayson came from completely two different sides of the road, they had something in common: Tiny Cooper. Without Tiny, there would be no Will Graysons. Tiny is what makes this story so beautiful. He teaches both Wills to accept themselves and what love is. He also teaches them (and us) that we as human beings are all flawed. It's okay to be flawed. It is even better to accept our flaws and start loving them. It is not a story about good or bad persons. It is a story about people who make errors and who learn to get up and move on with their lives.

I loved the fact that the story was told from the perspective of both Will Graysons, I loved their humor as well as Tiny's cheerfulness. I loved how all the character's lives got intertwined, and how each of them learned something from the other. I love the lessons I have (re)learned.

Of course, as people go, books too can be flawed. And if at times I had no clue what was going on (luckily it never lasted too long!), or the characters seemed to overdo it, and that the end of the book was a bit corny, I thought it was not a big deal since 1)I spent a very good time laughing and going through the pages and 2)it was an easy read. 

I think everyone should read this book at least once. It is very entertaining and really easy to read. You will probably have hard time putting the book down until you will turn the last page. Although some references tend to be a bit raw for my taste, the book is really worth to be read.

My Final Rating: ★★★★

Some favorite passages/quotes:

"Some people have lives; some people have music."

"You like someone who can't like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot"

"If you don't say the honest thing, it never becomes true"

"Being in a relationship, that's something you choose. Being friends, that's just something you are"


This month's book club pick was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. 

I must admit that at first I was a bit skeptic as to whether or not I would enjoy it. The book summary was not really appealing, the authors were unknown to me and if this book had not been picked to be our September book, I would probably never would have read it.

But I am getting ahead of myself here.

What is this book about?

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

(curtesy GoodReads)

As you can see, there isn't much to go on when it comes to the story. First of all, I did not expect it to be a story about homosexuality. I mean, the story is not about homosexuality per se, but more about love and friendship and how they both are linked and how they make us who we are despite the misconceptions and the appearances. I don't really read much of books covering the human sexuality (homo versus hetero) and if at first I was a bit uncomfortable, I soon put aside what i imagined and focused on the characters, the plot and the moral of the story. As soon as I picked up the book, I was sucked in. I had no idea where the book was leading me, and I really had no idea until I turned the last page, but it didn't really matter because the storyline was captivating. The characters were true, funny and unique. It was easy to understand where they came from, and to weight their worries and expectations. 
It's a story about love, friendship, forgiveness, and faith/hope.
If Will Grayson and Will Grayson came from completely two different sides of the road, they had something in common: Tiny Cooper. Without Tiny, there would be no Will Graysons. Tiny is what makes this story so beautiful. He teaches both Wills to accept themselves and what love is. He also teaches them (and us) that we as human beings are all flawed. It's okay to be flawed. It is even better to accept our flaws and start loving them. It is not a story about good or bad persons. It is a story about people who make errors and who learn to get up and move on with their lives.

I loved the fact that the story was told from the perspective of both Will Graysons, I loved their humor as well as Tiny's cheerfulness. I loved how all the character's lives got intertwined, and how each of them learned something from the other. I love the lessons I have (re)learned.

Of course, as people go, books too can be flawed. And if at times I had no clue what was going on (luckily it never lasted too long!), or the characters seemed to overdo it, and that the end of the book was a bit corny, I thought it was not a big deal since 1)I spent a very good time laughing and going through the pages and 2)it was an easy read. 

I think everyone should read this book at least once. It is very entertaining and really easy to read. You will probably have hard time putting the book down until you will turn the last page. Although some references tend to be a bit raw for my taste, the book is really worth to be read.

My Final Rating: ★★★★

Some favorite passages/quotes:

"Some people have lives; some people have music."

"You like someone who can't like you back because unrequited love can be survived in a way that once-requited love cannot"

"If you don't say the honest thing, it never becomes true"

"Being in a relationship, that's something you choose. Being friends, that's just something you are"

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