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.

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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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tim November 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Okay, so I’m a 49-year-old guy. I found “Fault” in the lobby of a small residential building I manage and I thought: “hey, I’ll read this.” I hadn’t been reading much then. It was awesome. I recommended it to people and tried to find who left it in the lobby (people leave things in the lobby to share). I’ve read “Alaska” and “Will Grayson” since. They’re great books.

I was wondering in Will Grayson, when Will’s father asked Jane about her grade point average, I thought that was a funny line? How did she know it off hand? No complaint about it, just was wondering what you thought of that part?

I, like probably everyone else, feel that I could write. I’m thinking now, just like your dad said, “Coal miners don’t get miners block” so find the time and do it and let my mind discover the story. I get caught up with or I have trouble with characters and their look. Maybe I should just write and put in their appearance later when and if the book gets going.

p.s. I didn’t find out who left the story in the lobby…


Tayyab November 7, 2015 at 11:06 am

Okay, so I really liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson. But I still did not understand the reason Maura made up Isaac and did Tiny Cooper know about Isaac?


Aidan November 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

Tiny didn’t know about Isaac and Maura made up Isaac because she suspected that Will was gay but he wouldn’t admit it, so she wanted proof.


Jordan = March 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Will never told anyone about Isaac. It was a secret he kept to himself. Isaac knew who everyone was, but no one knew Isaac basically.


Anna November 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

In which part of the book did the author starts to write about the other will grayson when they met at the porn store?


Jonathan F November 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

They meet in Frenchy’s in chapters 7&8 (from each of their pov’s)


Daniel November 17, 2015 at 10:32 pm

I love your Literary Lessons and humor. But Please plan your endings better.

I love your book “The fault in our stars”. Then again, who doesn’t.

However, “Papertowns”, and “An Abundance Of Katherines” left me searching for clues and missing pieces in the ending.

I’m now reading “Searching for Alaska”. I’ve been told by a close friend, I probably won’t like this ending either.


Jonathan F November 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

I can’t guarantee that you will like the ending of S.F.A. but I read it recently and so far it is my Favorite John Green book so far. I have read (in this order) The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns, Searching for Alaska, and An Abundance of Katherines, And at this moment I’m reading Will Grayson Will Grayson. I Loved Searching for Alaska more than any other book and I cried, got pissed, threw my book across the room, and hugged it. I think that he usually leaves a little to the readers imagination (kind of like an Imperial Affliction) but I think that many of his books leave you contented enough. I don’t know how you’re going to react to the book (I was disappointed and happy at the same time) but I know that all of his books (so far at least) are very much worth reading.


Madison May 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

I couldn’t have said that better myself.


kea November 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm

I really liked w.g. w.g.
It was the first book that made me laugh more than 20 times per chapter. I bought it on my reading kindle after borrowing from the library because I know I will want to read it again. I love the characters and the plot. (The straight w.g. is my favorite.)
I love John Green’s writing & characters more than I can say.


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Paige December 23, 2015 at 9:33 pm

I’m reading will Grayson and I’m only on page 26 but I am so confused. I thought I was reading it wrong or something. I thought I was reading about will number one. So if I am them why does he write Isaac in his notebook all the time. I. Need. Help.


cari January 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm

i wish will would have said more to maura. though i understand his silence towards her but why must she do such a horrid thing and not know the impact she created. even so, i had a feeling she was bad for him from the start. what surprised me, was her doing will the favor but when she became issac, i understood why i was surprised.


gaby January 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

who wrote which Will Grayson’s point of view?


Sierra January 11, 2016 at 12:17 am

I’ve strangely found myself basically living a lot of gay Will Grayson’s life. I finished Will Grayson Will Grayson about four days ago. I thought the book was absolutely spectacular but it confused my emotions somewhat, as do all of books that John Green has written or helped write. My first thought after reading the book was “Well, damn. Good thing I don’t live Will’s life. It would suck to get catfished like that.” And then all hell broke loose and I came to a depressing, freaky realization..

My friend, Sara, who lives here in my town, said she had a cousin, Damon, who lived in Cali. She told me some stuff about him, found that we have the same birthday and interests and gave me his number. This led to he and I talking (“dating”) for the past two year and a half years. Today, I finally got Sara to admit that her cousin was actually her. I was heartbroken and found myself continually wanting to text him about how pathetic the situation was, only to remember that he was not actually him. He was just an idea based off of two real people: her and her friend, Damon, who did coincidentally have the same birthday as I. She used pictures of him to basically catfish me.

Then, I have this vERY LARGE friend, who’s name is Augustus (I really admire his name, I love tfios.) He’s over 6 feet tall and weighs probably around 250 pounds. Anyway, he moved an hour away to a smaller town just before Christmas. Tomorrow he is coming to see me at school before it starts.

Also, just as the gay Will Grayson, I have severe depression and every day I struggle finding the energy to care about anything.


Ida January 15, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Did you two plan the excact plot of both will Graysons? Or did you write the Wills seperatly?


Fatine February 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

This is an amazing book and most probably the funniest and most relatable one I’ve ever read .


Sharon February 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

I really liked this book. It was kind of confusing tho. Like it took me a while to figure out that there were two will grayson’s and it was kind of hard to keep up but i caught on and it was awesome!


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lethu February 25, 2016 at 3:22 am

Read WG/WG I hated Maura and yet felt sorry for her. Her desperation to be apart of Wills life was sad.


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Anya March 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm

I’ve just finished this book and in my humble opinion, it is amazing.

This really made me think, about everything. The authors have such a brilliant way of explaining things, for example the cat metaphor was truly brilliant, and made me think about a lot of things, and is just such an honest way to explain contradictory truths. It’s parts like this that make me think someone in this world actually gets me, you know? That I’m not completely crazy for thinking two opposites at once and them both being true.

The book did take a while for me to get into (at the beginning I admit that I did find one of the Will Graysons really annoying and self-centred), but it improves fairly quickly until it becomes this amazing, rich story that sort of taught me a lot, in a way. Like that sometimes you gotta open the box, in a metaphorical way. I’ve gotta open the box. That metaphor applies to so many situations, it’s an amazing way to think about the world, and quite a helpful way for me now. Thanks for sharing it.

Basically, what I’m trying to say, is thank you for teaching me some things. And thank you for writing such an awesome book with another perhaps equally awesome writer, and sharing it with the world so it can help people like me.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something new and fresh. It may take a while to get into, but once you do, I don’t think you’ll regret it.



Alex April 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm

I love this book . I’ve never read anything by David but I’m a total fangirling freak over John . I have read and own every single book of John’s , along with the movies . All his books are worth the read but this was defintly a personal favorite of mine .


Emma Bader April 17, 2016 at 10:28 am


this book is one of my favourite ones. I like all the characters, the fact that they’re not “perfect” (I’ve put inverted comas because actually no one’s perfect) : Tiny Cooper is plump, one the two Will Grayson is depressed, Maura is a kind of bitch, *SPOILER ALERT* Will and Tiny don’t finish the story in a relationship (I’m not sure about this, that’s what I guessed) and stuff. The story isn’t a perfect story cause life isn’t perfect (and this statement goes to all John Green’s books).

Also, I am actually a woman version of Will Grayson (the heterosexual one) and I felt like I was reading my story and this feeling was just wonderful.

And excuse my not-so-good English cause I am French.


jess April 27, 2016 at 10:45 am

They’re GAY!!!!!????


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Tristan. Hannah.Johnson May 22, 2016 at 6:35 am

Mr Green

It seems that all you get are comments on how wonderful your writing is. I too have a great appreciation towards you, and therefore, I shall begin my very grand but very unnecessary jargon. What you do, Mr Green, is what any ordinary human being can do, which is simply putting words together. But you sir, are different, because you put simple words of the English language together so perfectly, it tends to create an indescribable feeling in the pit of my (and obviously others) stomach, a brilliant example of mysterium tremendum et fascinans . That stomach flipping mix of awestruck fear and entrancing fascination and for that people love you. I do not refer to myself as a ‘fan’, for my upper body simply does not produce cold wind that cools someone down in heat. Just like you, I simply enjoy looking at scratches on slices of tree while hallucinating vividly. I also enjoy creating the scratches, just like you. You write realistically and straight to the point, which not a lot of ‘authors’ do. You write, I read, I become inspired. You inspire me to inspire. So now, I aspire to inspire, which truly makes me happy in my little labyrinth of life. You are the definition of literary genius. You are not Aristotle or Nelson Mandela or Leonardo Da Vinci. You are John. Each of the aforementioned has left their mark on the world, you are leaving yours. I too want to leave my mark on the world, but I am afraid. I am afraid that my mark will turn out to be a scar, and I don’t want that. Each story you write gives me the confidence to try to leave my mark. And for that, my good sir, I would like to conclude with a two word, two syllable, eight lettered phrase that is used carelessly. Thank you.
Well, technically that was not a conclusion, reason being that I wanted add a few last words (that Pudge probably would not care for, as I am in the process of dying and not yet dead, I am, however stuck in the labyrinth of suffering, but aren’t we all?) to continue, I’ll end off with this: I truly hope that you keep writing, for you sir, are truly talented. I hope that my note of appreciation does not get lost in the labyrinth of other appreciation notes you had, have or will get.

(This was not much of an appreciation note as it is a girl living her own labyrinth of books contacting a writer of literary genius)


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