Will Grayson, Will Grayson

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.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s chapter books, the first book starring gay characters ever to appear on the list. WGWG has also been published in Australia and is forthcoming in many countries, including Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. If you would like to read this book in a language besides American English, go to the translations page.

If you’ve read the book and are fully prepared for spoilers, head on over to the Will Grayson, Will Grayson FAQ page for more.

Reviews (Spoiler Alert!)

“A terrific high-energy tale of teen love, lust, intrigue, anger, pain, and friendship threaded with generous measures of comedy.” -Booklist, Starred Review

“This quirky yet down-to-earth collaboration by two master YA storytellers will keep readers turning pages.” -School Library Journal, Starred Review

“An intellectually existential, electrically ebullient love story that brilliantly melds the ridiculous with the realistic.” –Kirkus, Starred Review

“The spectacular style that readers have come to expect from these two YA masters.” –VOYA

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Oren June 27, 2014 at 4:46 am

So the story is about gay love?!

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Jenna June 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

There are two different people telling two different stories that happen to intertwine. So yes and no, One Will Grayson is straight and the other Will Grayson is gay. IT’s great ^.^ John Green wrote the straight side and David Levithan wrote the gay side.

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION June 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm

i Would have thought That john Green would have Written the gay Side. he Seems like he Would Be really good at It….

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Elise July 29, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I believe that John Green wrote the straight side. I am lead to believe this because many of David Levithan’s books are about or include a gay love story in them

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BookLovr September 12, 2014 at 4:01 am

Try Every Day by David Leviathan. Great book, really interesting.

Alaska August 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I cannot handle the feels that you put into that comment.

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Steph August 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm

fangirled. thought u were ben.

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UrWorstNightmareDunDunDuuuunnnn September 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm

Omg nice mixture of Ben and Margo. Love Paper Towns! And I totally agree. No offense to JG but sometimes I think he’s gay. It’s just, his boy characters are so perfect!

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Sarah (not his Sarah) October 23, 2014 at 6:56 pm

But he is with Sara or is it Sarah? Anyways he has a wife. He may be bisexual or pan sexual still, but I highly doubt he is full blown homosexual.

jente September 11, 2014 at 8:36 am

freaking same here

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NotMargoRothSpiegelman October 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Though I admire your attempt to impress other users of this website by using the same IM screen name as Ben in Paper Towns, your comment has led me to believe that you are a fart bag because John Green is most definitely NOT gay. Fart bag…

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Jason G. June 30, 2014 at 1:49 am

At first it took a while to get used to the two Wills plotline but once you did you dove head first into the story. It carried you on a wave of sunshine and cloud. It was a brilliant read from start to finish. Wow

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AmoryLt July 1, 2014 at 7:12 am

Beautiful novel I will say that. At the beginning you would think the story is of one Will Grayson, until a few chapters later you start seeing them as two different people. One with a homosexual best friend and the other as a homosexual.

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Leticia Mansur Wiazowski July 5, 2014 at 2:07 am

Hi, my name’s Leticia and I’m from Brazil.
I just read the book and I’d like to ask some questions, like “what about Will and Jane, or Other Will and Tiny?”. I loved the book and I’m so curious to know the answers.
Thank you.

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diya October 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

what about them?

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Eel July 9, 2014 at 5:14 am

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Michelle July 10, 2014 at 1:03 am

The fact that Tiny Dancer hasn’t been made into a real musical yet is an actual disadvantage to the state of mankind.

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Joselynn. July 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm

wowzZa. Ok so I actually kind of thought that Will Grayson and o.w.g were the same people but in different dimensions. If I hadn’t gone through this section, I would’ve probably believed that throughout the whole book. Even though, I mean, two different dimensions and same situations but different outcomes does seem rad. Now I feel stupid. Although, I haven’t had much experience with books, especially more than one author in one book (that truly is madness. I never knew that was possible!) but anyway, this book truly is great. :-)

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Veronica July 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a great book.
The ending, however, did confuse me.
What happen to Maura? What happened to her and Will’s friendship?
If you have an answer, please reply back?

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Mikayla September 20, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Books belong to their readers; it’s left up to us what happens to them. I know John is a big believer in that, and I believe David is too.

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Janne July 16, 2014 at 11:39 am

I just wanted to say how brilliant you are and I really loved Will Grayson,Will Grayson. I wonder did you come up with “Tiny Cooper”or did David? He’s fantastic and so are the two Will Graysons. I also read Let it Snow and every winter I read it again. I write short stories, my friend says I’m good at it. I hope that one day I’ll write a full book that I can be proud of, nobody even needs to know it exists. It will just be mine.

P.S I’m dutch Well I come from Belgium (which is next to the Netherlands ; we speak the same language)

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the girl who has read this book July 21, 2014 at 11:56 pm

i have not read this book, but from the comments i see that its about gay love.
maybe someone please tell me what its about?

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Jess Telfer July 30, 2014 at 4:50 am

It’s not all about gay love but some of it is. Basically there are two will Graysons and one day by a total coincident they meet. It’s about one Will Grayson who is gay and the other who is straight finding love

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Doodle doo September 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm

I haven’t read it either but do the Wills get together? Them be like a gay couple? If so, I’m going to hurl. No offense to gays but,
I hate them. Gay people are just messed up. JUST FALL IN LOVE WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX GOSH!!

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motherfugger October 14, 2014 at 7:59 pm

that was so unnecessary.

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ITWASAKIDNEYINFECTION October 15, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Wow just wow

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Kathryn October 18, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Well obviously saying no offense and then saying you hate them is really quite offensive. I mean everyone is free to chose who they want to be an no one should be horrible to people who are different.

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izzie July 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

It’s brilliant because it isn’t about Will Grayson or Will Grayson. It’s about Tiny Cooper. Just because their name is in the title don’t make them the star of the show.

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Brianna July 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

It is necessary to read this book, that is all

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Sophie August 4, 2014 at 5:26 am

I started reading this book at 8pm three weeks ago and literally could not put it down until I was finished at 1am the following morning. Since then, I’ve read it four more times. This is officially my favourite book. I can’t begin to explain how much it means to me :)

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K®is August 7, 2014 at 7:25 pm

This book is wonderful, I’m almost finished and it is my favourite book. Although i could understand why some people wouldn’t read it, there are parts of the book where it feels like it’s a copy of our current society. Normally when people are faced with the truth they turn up their nose because the believe that it’s not.

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perceived safety August 12, 2014 at 7:05 pm

It’s good to see someone thinking it through.

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Beth August 13, 2014 at 1:36 pm

John Green,
I’m halfway through reading ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’, and I had a thought – The song Tiny Dancer by Elton John includes the lyrics ‘Hold me closer tiny dancer’ and I couldn’t help but wonder if Tiny’s play names were inspired by those lyrics or if it’s just an odd coincidence?

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Zach November 15, 2014 at 12:31 am

Whoa. I never thought of that….

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Beth. H August 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

An absolute stunning read. Read it in one day. Brilliant, just brilliant

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Julia Surbrook August 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

John Green,
This book truly changed the way I look at gays. I now want all gays to be happy and respected by other people, just like Tiny did as well. I am so happy I read this book, it was so interesting and was extremely inspirational. I don’t want to be all Van Houteny, but I was just wondering if Will and Tiny get back together or not. I think they do, but I just was wondering.
Thank you for your time.
-Julia

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erty August 20, 2014 at 3:09 am

It’s excellent to see someone considering it through.

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h August 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm

i tried to read this book once and the first word to see is pe*** then i was like uh-uh rejection lol!
i think i’m going to read it soon , and maybe because i saw that David Levitthan wrote the gay side it reminded me of your let it snow story and it was very good but i like you better in writing straight characters

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Alicia August 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm

someone knows if in Spain are going to translate this book?

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everyonesanasshat August 25, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Best book ever. The beggining of the book was just brilliant, I guess. I keep on repeting to my Friends all sort of Stuff about Tiny Cooper and they just stare at me like I was insane. I had to read the book In English, tough I am uruguayan :)) But it was so much better reading it on its original language, I am stunned. Loved it, to the moon and back. I have No words to Describe how I felt when reading it for the first time, awsome. incredibly Incredible

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robert August 28, 2014 at 6:14 am

I think i’m going to read it soon , and maybe because i saw that David Levitthan wrote the gay side it reminded me of your let it snow story and it was very good but i like you better in writing straight characters. Google

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i really love this book! but my question is to you what made you write it?

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Isa October 6, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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Hans Reich October 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

Dear John Green,
I have just finished reading the book Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and truth be told I do not know what to comment. I have read all your books, John Green, tfios is the first book I’ve read, the second is looking for Alaska, the third is an abundance of Katherines, the fourth is paper towns, and this is the last, and compared to the other books that you’ve written, i find this book rather….confusing. This book doesn’t have a simple straight plot, because it is written by 2 authors, and I am having a hard time deciding what the moral of the story is. Is it that we should’t be afraid to ‘open the box and find a dead or alive cat’? Is it that gay people are people too that needs to be appreciated? Is it that we should appreciate ourselves? Could someone tell me?
As for entertaining, I think that this is a great book to pass the time, it’s funny and sarcastic.

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Amber October 8, 2014 at 4:58 pm

I have yet to read this book, but it looks awesome from what I’ve heard about it. And it looks even better because there’s an openly queer character in the book and that could appeal to a lot of people :) my best friend (who is openly gay) told me about this book so I can’t wait to read it!

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Marce Haberkorn October 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Read it!! It is just awesome, I loved it to the moon and back. I mean, it IS the best book ever. The characters are relatable, and Tiny (one of the main characters, which is openly gay) is just unbelievable. Read it now, I mean run to the book store, buy it and start NOW.

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