Author: Green, John (and David Levithan)
Genre: GLBT, Literary Fiction
Publication Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 310
Geographical Setting: Chicago
Time Period: Current
Series (If applicable): N/A
Plot Summary: Will Grayson and will grayson, are troubled teens that live around the Chicagoland area. One is straight (Will Grayson) and the other is gay (will grayson). The straight Will Grayson is a teen who does not want to draw attention nor be noticed by anyone, but having a friend named Tiny Cooper, who is a big lovable gay teen who is in search of romantic relationships and is planning to make a fabulous musical about his life, does not help. The gay will grayson is a teen who has nothing good going on in his life, except for a boy he met online named Isaac and his friend Maura. Both Will Grayson and will grayson end up crossing paths when will grayson goes to meet Isaac. This meeting changes the lives of Will Grayson, will grayson, Tiny Cooper, and Maura, who has an interest in will grayson. This story is dramatic throughout the book and is very realistic. The story is very moving, full of bittersweet romance but funny.
Subject Headings: Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction – Dating (Social customs) – Homosexuality – Overweight persons – Theater – Names, Personal fiction – Chicago (Ill.) Fiction.
Appeal: Fast-paced, intricately plotted, bittersweet, funny, gentle, dramatic, moving, hopeful, romantic, thoughtful, compassionate, multiple points of view, realistic, strong secondary character, touching, thought-provoking, and sympathetic.
3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Bittersweet, funny, and touching.
Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:
Huegel, Kelly – GLBTQ: the survival guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens (Guide/advice for GLBTQ teens)
Swain, Keith W. – Dynamic Duos: the alpha/beta key to unlocking success in gay relationships (A guide for gay men to finding Mr. Right)
Bergquist, Kathie – A Field Guide to Gay & Lesbian (A guide for gay and lesbians around the Chicago).
3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:
Elkeles, Simone – Perfect Chemistry (series) (A love relationship between two teenagers, where their friends disapprove of their relationship. This is told in multiple perspectives and it is a realistic fiction)
Hopkins, Ellen – Tricks (GLBT/realistic fiction told in multiple perspectives. A story of five teenagers that falls into prostitution and tries to find their way back to freedom and happiness)
Magruder, James– Sugarless (GLBT fiction which takes place in Chicago suburbs. A story about a teen who copes with his life by joining a speech team. He later has an affair with a speech coach from a rival school).
Name: Jun Yoon
Tags: bittersweet, compassionate, dramatic, fast paced, funny, gentle, hopeful, intricately plotted, Moving, multiple points of view, realistic, romantic, strong secondary character, sympathetic, thought provoking, thoughtful, touching