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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paige November 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Which author wrote whose Perspective (the will grayson who Might love With tiny after his Hopeless desire with isaac And the other will grayson who has a Thing for ugh whats her name jane?)? because I have Never read a book by David levithan and I have Read many by John Green but I’d like To know for sure.


Freja November 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

John wrote the perspective with the Capital lettered Will Grayson – the odd numbered chapters :-)


Rosilyn December 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

You write like Margo. Is this intentional?


didi December 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm

She does. She puts capitalization’s in random places like Margo.


Ben McCart January 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Maybe this will lead to us finding him Agloe, New York.


Alice♠ April 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm



Jessica March 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm

John=Jane’s WG
David=the no Capitol letters wg


Grace April 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I could tell which John was writing :P


Priscilla April 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I could too, I have read all of John Green’s books. But I have not ventured into any of David Levithan’s books.


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valerie December 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

heyyy everyone, i reallyy recomend you this book. i may be wrong but i loved it the way i love youu john green.
you are a geniusss! i only have to read let it snow to end all of your books.
sorry for my english, im from ecuador.
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vicky December 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm

ok just finished this book and loved it


Sally December 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You are my favorite author and I have been flying through your books. Please keep writing!!!!!


Teo January 26, 2014 at 6:14 am

(Kindle Edition) Too predictable and laekcd substance but it was a sweet little story. It needed character development and a more substantial storyline to keep the reader interested.


vicky December 23, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Is this book inapropreate?


Jade January 1, 2014 at 11:49 am

It depends on how you define appropriate. There is swearing, and sex is among the discussed topics, but for someone who can handle those concepts with maturity, it is a fantastic book.


Jade February 20, 2014 at 9:24 pm

It’s fine for middle school and up (in my opinion).

^^^ We have the same name!


Jill December 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

I was just wondering about the musical Tiny is producing in your book Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I havn’t finished the book yet but Tiny has changed the name of the musical from Tiny Dancer to Hold me closer. I noticed the two titles were from a great song by an amazing artist, Hold me closer, tiny dancer by Elton John. I was wondering if this is intentional as Elton John is gay and so is Tiny? So, yeah that’s my query.


Elizabeth April 23, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I believe there is a part in the musical where Tiny is talking about his Elton John dream and I think that’s where the titles came from.


Jasmine December 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Hello, I have recently read this book, and there is something about it that made me very happy and think different. I felt like I related to each will grayson and I think everyone possibly could relate to people in this book. Also something i noticed was that both names for Tinys play were also songs by Elton John, and just like elton, Tiny was gay. Does that mean anything and was that suppose to symbolize anything or be ironic? or was it simply something you didn’t even notice until you did it? I have read many of your books and wanted to let you know that you are an amazing author; and i mean that, because im not normally one to read books like yours, im more into that weird unrealistic crazy stuff. However I loved each and everyone of your books i have read.
Love Jasmine!


Lauren January 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm

I first read this book for a school project where I had to journal about the majority of the book. Need I say it was difficult for me to write about two guys named Will Grayson meeting in a Chicago porn shop, while making sure my English teacher didn’t find me completely and utterly insane. When I first finished this book I thought it was confusing and awful but now I’m understanding the meaning behind the book and think that it is truly a stroke of genius. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for something to read.


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Zoe January 4, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I am a HUGE John Green Fan! I noticed that you used 2 names from the fault in our stars! Isacc and Hazel (a girl who tried out for tiny’s musical). Also, the capitalization in this book reminded me of Margo, from Paper Towns


Evan January 5, 2014 at 8:14 pm

am i the only boy who reads john green? cause i think hes amazing in my opinion. im trying to read all his books. im in the middle of will grayson will grayson. it is good so far. and yes the book does relate to a fault in our stars, a book that changed my perspective on life


Elliot January 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Nope, I’m a boy who also reads John’s books! I think he’s a great writer and I think that his story lines are thoughtful and touching. I’ve read ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’. I’ve just started reading ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ – First impressions are great!


patience March 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I have never met a boy who has read any John Green. You guys should be my best friends.


Michelle January 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

This book got me right in the beginning and I couldn’t put it down! It’s one of my favorite books of all time and the ending made me cry… it’s not sad but it’s too wonderful that I cried. I know, I’m too emotional ;P

Spoiler Alert:

<3 looks like scrotum <– This made me laugh for a week


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Emily January 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I think that Will Grayson, Will Grayson was quite an entertaining book to read. Seeing how two different people reacted because they had the same name was interesting. Tiny Cooper was a really good character. I like how he was depicted as this huge man, but yet he had a soft side. This book was a fast read for me, I could never seem to put it down. I am happy to say that I have finally read this, and after I read The Fault in Our Stars, I will have finally been caught up with all your novels.


David Gothay January 13, 2014 at 10:21 pm



Sebest January 17, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Sorry kid, they dont. o.w.g. is straight, or so I thought


Hilal January 25, 2014 at 5:38 am

I need this book *.*


matea February 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm

I found this book online a while ago and I wanted to check it out… I looked it up on amazon and read the first 12 pages, then it would cost money to read more. I am absolutely in love with the opening quote of Will Grayson, Will Grayson “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friends nose” It is killing me that I can’t read anymore of it. I am going to go by Barns and Nobles to pick this up whenever I have time. I also love the two rules Will goes by and I will try to follow them too. I just wanted to say you truly are an amazing author and have inspired me to become a writer myself. It would make my life if you emailed me back.


Tawnya February 15, 2014 at 11:53 pm

To be honest, this is the best book I have ever read. It’s such a good book. I would defiantly recommend this book for a teen to read, I’m sure you would love t as much as I did!


Jade February 20, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Tiny Cooper. enough Said.


Anna Tischer February 26, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Dear Mr.Green,
I love your books so much. I have to say that my favorite book so far is “Looking for Alaska” even though I probably should not be saying this since I have not read “Will Grayson” or “The Fault in our Stars. I appreciate your books so much and my favorite book in the whole world is “Looking for Alaska”, and their are a lot of books on the planet. I am leaving you a message, so I can kindly to ask you to write more books. They are an inspiration to read, and for school I have to read a required amount of books and all I read basically are your books so I am not sure how I will reach the minimum. You probably read a lot of these fan letters and I will say I am most likely like every other, but I hope you will email me back. I am in 7th grade at Inman Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, and many of my classmates love your books too. I was not able to finish my home work for school for a couple days because I could not put down “Looking for Alaska”! I strongly think that a movie should be produced off of your book. The writing in your books are not just words, they are stories and beautiful memories put into a book. I can not describe how you link your words to story so well. An example is when you wrote that Alaska said “you smoke to enjoy it, I smoke to die”. Most of my friends say “The Fault in Our Stars” is also an amazing book and I am on page one and am looking forward to being hooked and finishing. I also really enjoyed your part in the book “Let it Snow”. That was also a book that really hooked me. One of the girl’s at my school has you email and you responded to her so I will also send this to your email in case you don’t get this. I love your books so much and I have already said this a million times but oh well. For all of my spare time I read your books. Your books definitely changed my perspective in life. Hope you wright more books!
Anna Tischer


Aribella Eleanor April 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Unfortunately, John has no control over the Looking for Alaska movie. He sold the rights to Paramount, and they haven’t done anything yet–however, TFiOS will be a movie (by 20th Century Fox) in June, and they will *hopefullyprobably* make a movie out of Paper Towns. John explained some more about this in one of his videos (sorry if the whole soccer/football thing is distracting).



Sydney March 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

This book is just absolutley amazing. I give it 100 stars. For anyone who hasn’t read it, it leaves you on the edge of your seat on every chapter! It will have you singing, crying, and laughing all at the same time! it is such a heart warming book and i DEFINENTLY recommend it to anyone who has not read it! It was so good. please make more books xoxo

Sincerely, sydney


ANONYMOUS March 6, 2014 at 12:47 am

I’m so deliriously angry at you for being so freaking brilliant!!! Seriously, I nearly spontaneously corrupt at every ending because you’re all like “I love irony and tragedy or irony in tragedy or tragedy in irony” and it always gets me because you can be so straight forward and blunt with your stories but at the same time be all mysterious! I’m always bemused and you always leave the ending open. How do you make the most simple characters sound remotely interesting? How do you even come up with these stories?! I mean jerk move, seriously, you know how many girls cry over these things?! You’re enforcing stress because like what if Alaska did commit suicide? What if she didn’t!? Why are you so incessantly romantic and deep? Why aren’t there more of you! I’m literally halfway through Will Grayson, the only book you’ve written I haven’t read and I’m stupendously maddened that no, you’re brilliance doesn’t disappoint or slack EVER. Do you realize how frustrating that is? You’re random capitols don’t even irritate me! You’re stories moved me to tears and I never cry over stories, not even the Titanic! Jeeze… I freaking hate your every whim!


rhick March 10, 2014 at 5:11 am

I am a boy too. I am a fan of John Green but kinda disappointed to this one. I felt weird while reading it. But still Green was the one who inspired me to write my own novels.


Jessica March 11, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Dear Paige,
John Green wrote for WG (Jane’s)odd chapters
David wrote WG (no capitols)even chapters


Raul Gomez March 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

I just finished the book its “UH-MAAZING” loved every bit of it. It reminded me of when I met another Raul Gomez at a club, but the out come was less then at of both will Graysons. Just one question did Will and Gideon become more then friends??…hope so. Next book …
..paper towns


Bella March 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Where can i buy this?


Louise March 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm

hi mr green!
Im 12 and I just recently read will grayson will grayson and I loved
It! I started it before I went to bed and that’s was a mistake
Because I spent the whole night reading it, I couldn’t
Put it down ;) I heard about you when my friend recommended
You and I’m so glad she did. Ibe read all your books so far except
Paper towns which I’m planning to read soon!

You’re an amazing author.

thank you!



Van March 26, 2014 at 6:41 am

I have read 3 John Green books now, (actually, I’m still reading my 3rd which is ‘an abundance’) and I already became a fan. I have read TFIOS and this one, Will Grayson, Will Grayson and I became in love with it. Like seriously, I connected with the characters so much, specially the “gay”‘Will which I (i know the gay will grayson will hate me for using this) LOL-ed like literally, and the other Will Grayson for being just confused about his feelings.
Anyway, after reading, I felt the urge to ask Mr. Green about what happened to the characters after the book. I mean, yes, it’s just a book and the characters’ lives end with it, but I can’t stop myself from asking if,
1. Did Tiny and gay Will Grayson ended up back together, or
2. Did Gay god and Tiny became the new lovers and Gideon and Gay WG? And
3. Did the other will grayson and jane lasted long?

These are my questions, and I hope Mr. Green can answer some or at least, just take a look at this. Thanks! :)


Lucinda March 29, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Oh I love this book, but it’s killing me- do Will Grayson #2 get back together or do they stay apart? Ugh it’s driving me crazy! My optimistic side says they do, but I also think that they might stay apart because they’re so different. But I really want them to be together! It’s driving me crazy (or crazier anyway :)).


Hannah W April 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

Hi John! Early last school year, I read TFIOS. This led me to start watching Vlogbrothers, and, over the course of the year, read your other books. I know there is little chance you will ever see this, but I really just want to say thank you to both you and Hank. You guys made me realize that if I wanted to help decrease World Suck, I first needed to make sure that I was in a good place, because helping people might make them happy, but I was still miserable. You helped me to be selfish in a good way, to take a step back from everything to ask myself if I was okay, and if what I was doing was really helping me and making me happy. I realized that nearly everything in my life, especially at school, made me deeply unhappy. The people I surrounded myself with made me feel terrible about myself and the things I loved and did. I wouldn’t talk about things I liked, I wouldn’t voice my opinions or wear clothes that I liked, and I never let myself acknowledge how miserable I was. But you and Hank helped me understand that I needed to surround myself with people who made me happy, so I cut out people who made me feel bad, and ended up not having anyone at school. I was alone for awhile, and the only source of happiness was watching Vlogbrothers. But then, I found happiness in two incredibly nerdy things: theatre and Latin Club. I found my love for (and, oddly enough, talent of) acting. But more importantly, these activities led me to a group of older kids who were so happy and so unapolageticly themselves. They became my friends, and they helped me to be myself and to be happier. However, later in the year, I developed an undiagnosed eating disorder (I never went to a doctor since my parents never realized what was happening). I probably dropped about 15-20 lbs in a little over a month. The only people who ever noticed were the older kids in theatre and Latin club. They helped me to get out of the bad place I was in, but I also realized that if I really wanted to be better, I couldn’t stay at a school where the only times I was happy were during rehearsals, the once-a-week Latin Club meetings, and while reading and watching Vlogbrothers. So I audtioned for the drama department at the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts. I go to school there now, and I’m always surrounded by people who make me happy and genuinely care about me. I no longer worry too much about what I wear or what I love. It’s nearing my 14th birthday now, and I can’t believe how lucky I am to have amazing friends and be able to be in a truly wonderful and accepting community as the Nerdfighters. So, John Green, I jut want to say thank you. From the bottom of my heart and soul, thank you for helping me through such a bad and difficult period of my life. I’m sure that I will encounter worse, but now I have friends who will help me, and I have you, Hank, and the Nerdfighters. I know that there is very little chance that you will see this, but knowing that there is a chance that you might makes me so happy. A year ago, I couldn’t really be happy, but the fact that I now can makes me even happier. Because of you, I am now seemingly possessed with the simple and utter joy of being able to experience happiness, and for that, John, I can never thank you enough.


Grace April 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I love this book and I think that it forces to worlds together and it makes us realize that underneath a lot of people is some one worth loving


Patience April 11, 2014 at 12:46 pm

It saddens me that there isn’t as much comments for this book as the other books.


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