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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Jess December 17, 2014 at 8:27 am

Please help!!!!

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Alexandra January 19, 2015 at 9:48 am

ist the greatest book ever!

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remicah December 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

A friend of mine read this and said it was good. I want to read it for myself!!

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Courtney January 28, 2015 at 7:39 am

I recommend it! It had me in stiches!!

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Lara December 28, 2014 at 7:53 am

This book is beautiful

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Catalina Escardo December 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

You probably get this a lot,but honestly,this book changed my life. I can’t understand why it isn’t as popular as TFIOS. It put into words many things I was feeling at the moment, and I feel like Tiny,Will Grayson(s) and Jane understand me better than anyone. It will never cease to amazeme how much you remember what it’s like to be like us. I never though an adult could write with such honesty about being a teenager, let alone a lonely one, or a nerdy one, or an LGTB teenager. So thank you for this amazing book.
DFTBA :)

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Sidney The Kid February 11, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Because it is not a movie my dear friend. Movies live in another reality than that of books. The realm of books is a true treat to the few who live within them. It’s a shame how few people know a world of books and bliss exist.

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A. March 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm

For your record “The Fault in Our Stars” was popular before they said that there was going to be a movie.

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Ash June 17, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Yup, Paper Towns will be really popular after the movie. I LOVE IT

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Ash June 17, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Yup, Paper Towns will be really popular after the movie. I LOVE IT

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Caitlyn Muncey December 28, 2014 at 11:45 pm

That book was so wonderful. I really enjoy how much I could relate to it and I felt like that book understood what I was going through as a high school student. You describe different people in Tiny Cooper’s life that I can say oh my good that is a kid at school or oh my god that is me or no your kidding that is my Bestfriend. The way you make Tiny and Will Grayson have bumps and bruises in there friendship makes this story so relateable. What the other Will Grayson does at the end of the novel is remarkable and something I will take from this novel and but in my pocket and remember for the rest of my life. Thank you john green for being the only reason I read books!

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Brigid H. December 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is one of the most amazing books out there. It is truly inspiring. I enjoyed it so much that I made my own t-shirt that says, “I’m With Phil Wrayson.” Nobody ever gets it (they all think it should be Will Grayson), and it’s really depressing sometimes. It’s a shame. Anyway, thank you, Mr. Green, for providing all of the nerds of the world with such amazing and inspiring books.

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jackie london January 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

That’s a pretty cool idea but i agree with you Phil Wrayson it is

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jackie london January 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Will Grayson, Will Grayson is and forever will of one of my favorite books. It tells a story of misfortune, loss, friendship, love, and high school insecurity.
Its well written and hard to put down.

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Alexandra Dobler January 19, 2015 at 9:46 am

Hi dear Mr. Green,

I really love the bock wg, wg
I’m reading it over and over again ist juts so brilliant.
Keep going with more great and brilliant books.

A smile from Switzerland-Alex.

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Kelsey February 1, 2015 at 9:55 pm

I honestly think Hold Me Closer should be a play. The songs are brilliant, and the whole thing is so honest. I bet the Nerdfightaria could make this a thing.

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Audra February 3, 2015 at 11:28 pm

John,
It’s me again! (I’m not a stalker, I swear it…) I have recently finished the story I wrote about in my previous comment. I would greatly appreciate your constructive criticism. I would delight in nothing more than to improve my writings with help from a beloved author that my former and current schools admire greatly. (I recently moved. There are many fans of yours at my current school.) Please email me or reply if you happen to notice my commentary. I love all of your work and I only have one more to go (“Let It Snow”). I truly cannot wait.

(BTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M WITH PHIL WRAYSON!!!!!!!!!!!)

An admiring fan,
Audra Wilson <3

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Devani March 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I just want to know if Julie Strauss-Gabel named her child Will Grayson?

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Alisha March 8, 2015 at 9:24 am

How did Will Grason meet Will Grayson?
What happend if they meet each other?

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Alisha March 11, 2015 at 7:40 am

how did Will Grayson meet Will Grayson ?
And what happens if they meet each other?

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Usama April 28, 2015 at 4:29 am

They do meet each other.

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Aisha March 12, 2015 at 1:33 am

What happend if will Grayson meet will Grayson?

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Cheyenne T. March 13, 2015 at 2:05 pm

John, I highly doubt you are reading this. But, on the slight chance you are, I really, really, really, really love this book. As in, I am reading it for the fifth time. I usually can’t read any one book more than once, but I have read all of yours at least twice. (Except for ‘Let It Snow,’ I haven’t yet gotten my hands on it.) This book has made me think of everything differently. And thank you soo much for giving me two rules to live my life by. I’m trying to follow them, because OWG is completely right when he said, “Everything unfortunate that has ever happened to me has stemmed from failure to follow one of the rules.” And I love the fact that you so clearly GET it. (By ‘it,’ I mean love and depression and pain and failure and just really life.) But, anyway, thank you for writing good books. This one is by far my favorite, and I can’t seem to get enough!

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Kristine March 14, 2015 at 7:58 am

I only wanna say you thank you, thank you for writting those wonderfuls books. I have all your books and they are awesome, I think they all have to be successful. Waiting for getting another new book for my collection.

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moi March 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm

I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!
but it’s not available in latin america yet :(

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Hannah Carey March 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Is it just me, or does Tiny remind you of Damian from Mean Girls? Because I am totally getting that vibe from him…

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Agus July 12, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Yes, me too!!!! Haha you’re not the only one:)

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Steven Bowes April 26, 2015 at 8:04 am

When co-writing Will Grayson Will Grayson with David Levithan, did you decide that one would write through the perspective of one Will Grayson while the other deals with the perspective and style of punctuation/grammar ect of the other?

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Kapri Currie April 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm

My name is Kapri Currie , I’m 13 and after reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I am left speechless. The moment I picked up the book it became a challenge to sit it down along with every other masterpiece of John Green and now Leviathan. Surely, I did underestimate book, which I concluded when I began skimming through the pages of this delightful art work. This work seems to relate to those not only who struggle with sexuality, but those who are constantly trapped within doors of their insecurities, the infinite pain of depression and misunderstanding, and those who are silenced by out goers around them. There are many wonderful quotes that are drowned within these pages that deserve far more attention that’s seems to be given. The book alone releases credit , to what I believe, is too underestimated such as the broadway musical Rent, and the city of Chicago. Many words of truth that are the answers to many situations lies within the book’s cover. For someone who reads a lot, I have to say, this is one of my best reads yet.

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Sadie April 29, 2015 at 7:31 pm
Sadie April 29, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Will Grayson Will Grayson is the best John Green book! I love it so much! the ending was the best part, I love how they did tell u what was going to happen until it did and it actually made me cry. I want John Green to write another book, and next year he should come to the LA Times festival of books. I know he went last year but i didnt get to see him!

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brinaa May 2, 2015 at 11:58 am

Hy John and David! I really loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson. It’s very funny and I’ve never seen such an amazing idea for a book. I really like John’s books (i’ve read all of them) and when you publish another one I’ll buy it immediately buy it.

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Hailie McGuire May 16, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I’ve been quite interested in John’s books; I finished “Paper Towns” a while back. I am still confused as to which book I should get next. I am so scared of reading though, due to the fact that I spend so much time and invest my everything to have the satisfaction of reaching the last page. So if anyone knows anything interesting, even if it’s not by John Green, lend me some help. I am stoked for another mind adventure!

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Junnel August 23, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Will Grayson, will grayson by John Green & David Levithan

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elena June 1, 2015 at 7:33 am

devo assolutamente leggere questo libro

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Alex June 1, 2015 at 12:50 pm

This comment should go to John Green though i know that he will never readit but who cares. So im reading Will Grayson Will Grayson right now and i am pretty much fascinated with the book. And to the one Will Grayson who has the “Bad Attitude” (which I actually dont think he has) There is something I wanted to say (not to him, to his situation) He hasn’t got an attitude problem, the others have and THAT is not his problem but I kind of think he allready knows that. Well I hope John Green will rea this one day
btw. Thak you for changing my life with such amazing books

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Eva June 23, 2015 at 3:57 pm

I’ m so interested about list of Jane’s bands. Do you know it?

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Madison July 1, 2015 at 11:13 am

Are the both Will Grayson’a boy? Or which one is the Girl?

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Junnel August 23, 2015 at 3:09 pm

If you are currently reading the book, all odd-numbered chapters are intended for Will Grayson, which is a straight guy (written by John Green), and all even-numbered chapters are for will grayson (written by David Levithan), which is gay.

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Marie Gréco July 6, 2015 at 3:49 pm

Ce livre est juste une pure merveille. Une leçon de vie. John Green devient peu à peu mon auteur préféré. Merci M. Green pour ces heures de bonheur passé à lire.

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Camila Escuntar July 8, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Dear writer of the best book on earth (paper towns)
I am a big fan of your books, well I have read just three (the fault in our stars, paper towns and will Grayson will Grayson) actually I just finished reading will Grayson, will Grayson and I wanted to find out if there is going to be a movie about it… it would be simply amazing. Thanks for writing such awesome books
Hope to hear from you soon…

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barbara July 9, 2015 at 10:32 pm

oooooi John,brasileira aqui…
entao,will e will e o melhor livro (seu) que eu ja li.Então eu queria muito saber quando provavelmente (se tiver ou não) vai ter um filme??Eu amo todos os seus livros,ja li todos,e amo muito você,obrigada por ser quem você é.
PS. Brasil ama muito você :)

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America July 15, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Hi John.
I guess , logically, that also is a reader you what I come to ask how you kill someone that makes you a fucking spoiler ?.
If you get to read this I would be very grateful that you took the time acerlo .

Its Latin reader aided by Google Translate : America Romero , please tell me Angel .

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Taylor July 19, 2015 at 4:21 am

I find it amazing how John Green manages to portray the thoughts, feelings and convictions of his characters. I have read many books, but few manage to present their characters individually, creatively, realistically, and in an empathetic manner. I know everyone has their own struggles during adolescence and it can be one of the hardest times of our lives, because along with all the pressures and flimsiness, it is the time when we find ourselves. In his books, John Green not only provides an escape from the whirlwind world we live in, his books teach young people lessons and morals that are the hardest to learn. I learnt to be vulnerable from maRgo, I learnt to be strong from Hazel, I learnt to be open-minded from Colin, I learnt to laugh from Will, and I learnt that life is short from Alaska, and I don’t know where else I would have learnt those things. So thank you to John Green for filling endless weekends, free periods, and lonely days with the most wonderful and meaningful books I have ever read.

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Julieta Castagno July 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Hola John hablo desde Argentina soy fan tuya, lei todos tus libros y me encantan todos. Tengo una pregunta respecto al libro “Will Greyson”, no entiendo al medio del libro cuando ambos will se conocen si empiezan a relatar los dos el libro, me refiero a que el narrador fue siempre will pero cuando conoce al, como decis vos, o.w.g empiezan a relatar los dos desde el punto de vista de cada uno.
para mi es muy importante tener tu respuesta ya que admiro como escribes y con la pasion que lo haces, desde ya muchisimos saludos y mis gracias hacia vos. Julieta Castagno (15)

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EKM July 30, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Are you going to produce a movie from this book?

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Lilas August 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm

Ce livre est splendide !!!
Je l’ai lu en 3 jours tellement que j’étais absorbée par ce livre fantastiquement parfait

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gale August 8, 2015 at 12:06 am

gonna read this book…

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Miriam August 10, 2015 at 8:38 pm

Bulgar! Disgusted by the language. NOT for kids. Worst book ever. Why? Have such abomination out for sale.

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Junnel August 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Definitely NOT for kids, because his books are intended for YOUNG ADULTS.

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Sarah August 16, 2015 at 11:01 pm

Okay if this isn’t made into a movie I will DIE.

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Junnel August 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Me too! I’m thinking Logan Lerman as Will Grayson and Chris Colfer as will grayson. I can’t think of an actor yet for Tiny Cooper, any suggestions?

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Junnel August 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm

After 2 days I’m done reading the book. I literally cried on the last 2 chapters, it’s just freaking awesome! And like any of your other books that I’ve read (Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns), I hope that this will also make into the big screen (BTW, I heard that Looking for Alaska will become a movie soon? Any updates?). The story about friendship and being true to yourself is very relatable and very now, since gender discrimination is currently an issue around the globe. I also would like to commend the authors for doing a great job making each chapter cohesive and the way they present the story of each Will Grayson is amazing, you can definitely see the difference of the two characters. I’m actually recommending this book to my friends and cousins. Such a wonderful story.

P.S.
I’m currently reading “An Abundance of Katherines” and I’m enjoying it (I’m now on Chapter 10). I’ll definitely make a review/comment on this once I’m done :)

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