Musings: Will Grayson, Will Grayson was a fun book that combines humor and adolescent angst in a way that feels real and poignant. Each Will is a distinct character. Will has gotten through life by staying in the shadows, and although he doesn't regret writing a letter to the school paper in defense of Tiny, he's determined to avoid any other changes in life by never committing or offering opinions. will is full of stereotypical "emo" angst, but I mostly found his cynicism funny because I totally know students like that. Musing on his mom's attempt to engage in morning conversation, will thinks:
i feel bad for her -- i do. a damn shame, really, that i had to have a mother. it can't be easy having me for a son. nothing can prepare someone for that kind of disappointment. (23)Tiny is the world around which each boy revolves, and the reader can't help but adore Tiny. He's so full of life and love for everyone, and despite the growth of the Wills in the novel, it's Tiny who's the standout character.
The issues of first love, high school relationships, and coming out are done well. I liked that we see a range of gay characters with different personalities. The depths and importance of male friendships are acknowledged in a way that I imagine few teenagers would be willing to admit, but they are very sweet.
***This book qualities for the GLBT Reading Challenge 2010 and the TwentyTen Reading Challenge ("Win! Win!" category).