Will Grayson, Will Grayson tells a story of two teenagers with the same name living very different lives until their paths cross at an unlikely intersection. The alternating chapters tell the same story from two perspectives. It’s a story about young people finding love and themselves. In that sense you can say it’s a typical Young Adult fiction. The plot is unpredictable and the characters are hilarious—worth the read!
Tiny reminds of Cameron from Modern Family. Dramatic, sensitive, funny, with a huge personality, and full of love. I love the friendship of Tiny and Will from Chicago. Tiny has countless ex-boyfriends while Will can’t wrap his head around interacting with one girl. Yet they both love each other simply because they are best friends.
Will from Ohio reminds me of Holden from The Catcher in the Rye. They both sound like brats that complain about every little detail in their life. They are insecure yet somewhat self-righteous, pretending to be nonchalant to hide their depression. But when he meets someone like Tiny, Will discovers more of his inner softness than he’d probably like to admit.
“But with tiny it isn’t fake at all. it’s like he’s being tickled by life.”
Tickled by life. What an adorable expression! It sums up Tiny in a nutshell. An overweight gay teenager who wouldn’t stop rambling about his love life, Tiny doesn’t have the easiest life in high school. Yet he’s always beaming with confidence, invigorating his surroundings with his cheerfulness, and trying to change the world at least a little bit by putting on a musical about love.
“If you don’t say the honest thing, it never becomes true.”
The relationship between truth and love is a recurring theme in the book. Will from Chicago and his girlfriend Jean both agree that love is only manifested when truth is told. Will says, “Love is tied to truth. I think of them as unhappily conjoined twins.”
Schrödinger’s theory says that a cat can be both alive and dead in a closed box until you open the box to find out. But Jean says that the cat is either alive or dead, doesn’t matter if you open the box or not. Our avoidance has no effect but blinding ourselves from the truth.
Love is too much of a pure thing to exist when there are lies and excuses. Will and Jean like each other much more after a 10-minute session of complete honesty. Of course things are more complicated than that in the real world. But it’s nice to remember that sometimes, just being truthful can make loving and being loved much easier
“tiny: something else. that’s what i can give you. something else.”
Tiny tells Will from Ohio that even though he can’t change his past, he can offer him something else. This is a typical Tiny thing to say. Despite Will’s depression and their imminent breakup, Tiny still remains optimistic and puts himself out there. What he says is true. You can’t become a part of the past of someone you meet today. Yesterday already happened and you can’t change it. But you can offer them something today, something only you have, something new and hopefully better. And this is how people enrich each other’s lives.
My of my favorite quotes:
“Whenever you see yourself in the mirror, you know you’re looking at you, so you can’t help but pose a little. So you never really know.”
“i want to tell him: nobody ever told me how to deal with things like this. shouldn’t letting go be painless if you’ve never learned how to hold on?”
“and i gotta tell you friends that to stop thinking about the landing, because it’s all about falling.”