7/9/12

LCN Mondays: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

This is the third of the Life-Changing Novels Mondays, in which the juices of enticing books are compiled for your reading pleasure. 

Few books induce dancing. Most books try to strike a balance between euphoria and reality. David Levithan and John Green manage to make euphoria a reality in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. This book is intensely uplifting.

Most novels end happy; it's the accepted way of ending a novel. But few try to make something big out of this happiness. The excitement of the novel is over; revelations have been made, people have been changed forever. 

Wgwg makes the ending something big, something impressionable. A few hundred pages of Green's pretentious wit and Levithan's angst-ridden characterizations set the stage (quite literally) for arguably the most exhilirating last two chapters in all of YA fiction.

Read wgwg for its ending, for the massive happiness contained within the last two chapters. Read it for John Green's wit and intelligence, for David Levithan's charm and clarity. Heck, read it because it's LGBT fiction.  Anyway, here's a nice sentiment:
I have a friend request from some stranger on facebook and I delete it without looking at the profile because that doesn't seem natural. 'Cause friendship should not be as easy as that. It's like people believe all you need to do is like the same bands in order to be soulmates. Or books. omg... U like the outsiders 2... it's like we're the same person! No we're not. It's like we have the same English teacher. There's a difference. 
Wgwg is barely world-class literature. It is quite flawed, quite cliche, quite corny. And it will make you quite happy. And in YA fiction, where angst is the norm and epiphanies are expected, happiness is quite underrated, I believe.

Previous LCN Mondays:
Barbara Kingsolver: Animal Dreams (6/18)
Sharon Creech: Walk Two Moons (6/25)

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