A while back I published a post entitled Got Balls? Yeah—remember that one? (smh)
In it I talked about how I have to strap some on to write my current novel, described my attempts at trying to get inside a guy’s head (still not literally), the resources I use to write from a guy’s POV. I’m currently 55K in and revising. I’ve had a few critiques back and I feel like I’ve passed the testes test.
And then I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson. And I’ve decided that I do not have balls.
And John Green and David Levithan do. (well, duh)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson is indubitably the funniest book I’ve read in my life ever. EVER. It’s Hangover hilarity got me kicked out of the living room ten times and I could not put the book down, even after the third time reading it (and we all know I’m not a leftover girl).
So what's it about? And what makes it so hilarious?
First—there’s Will Grayson 1 (I’ll call him swg) who lives by two rules: 1) Don’t care too much and 2) Shut up. Everything unfortunate that has ever happened to me has stemmed from failure to follow one of the rules.
Unfortunately his best and only friend Tiny Cooper (PS - not tiny. at all) walks around caring too much and ceaselessly talking and through sheer proximity, makes it really, really hard for swg to follow either one of his rules.
Second—there’s will Grayson 2 (gwg). He pretty much knows one emotion—rage. i am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me. He lives with his abandoned mom, never capitalizes anything unless it’s large caps worthy, and he’d probably strike most people as a potential sadistic loser.
I however found him overwhelmingly endearing and absopositively hilarious. Here's one of my fav commentaries from gwg. On texting…
like lol. now, If anyone ever uses lol with me, i rip my computer right out of the nearest wall and smash it over the nearest head. i mean it’s not like anyone is laughing out loud about the things they lol. i think it should be spelled loll, like what a lobotomized person’s tongue does. loll. loll. i can’t think anymore. loll. loll!
or ttyl. you’re not actually talking. that would require actual vocal contact.
or <3. you think that looks like a heart? if you do, that’s only because you’ve never seen scrotum.
PS—will never look at <3 the same way ever again.
Third—the situations they find themselves in. Like when swg gets a fake id that makes him, um… 20. Or how the two Will Graysons actually meet. You will be crying and rofl (rolling on the floor laughing—yes, you really will) at the same time.
Fourth—Tiny Cooper. You can’t miss him. He’s a refrigerator with just as big of a heart. And he’s written a musical based on his life—Tiny Dancer which in swg’s words is the gayest single musical in all of human history. And by gay, I don’t mean that it sucks… as musicals go—(it’s) quite good. The songs are catchy. I’m particularly fond of “The Nosetackle” (Likes Tight Ends)…
So when the wgs’ worlds collide, the Will Graysons find their lives overlapping and hurtling in new and unexpected directions. With the help of Tiny and other friends, the two of them learn to care, learn to take risks, learn to love and be loved.
With the coalescence of male characters that teenagers can relate to, authentic dialogue and voice, and believable yet totally outrageous situations, Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a remarkable story of friendship and love. It’s about being yourself, about allowing yourself to love, to fall, and to fall in love. And that even the Tiny-est of friends can have the profoundest impact.
So there you have it. Go check out Will Graysons. It’s an easy read. Poke inside a guy’s head and get some cool life lessons. And trust me. You really will lol. A lot.
Till Wednesday, peeps. Hugs and <3. loll