I realise I'm still reviewing the books that I read last year. At some point I will have a massive week long catch up with three posts a day and be totally up to date. Or I won't and I'll remain safe in the knowledge that I've got a guaranteed Tuesday blog post every week between now and March 2017.
Anyway. Last year everyone online was talking about this fantastic book
they'd read called The Fault in Our Stars by some guy called John
Green. Well, my usual tactic when everyone is raving about a book is to avoid it
like the plague; it's the reason why I didn't get into Harry Potter
until Goblet of Fire because too much hype turns me off.
But The Fault in Our Stars and John Green kept cropping up
everywhere I went until in July I was in Glasgow, I finished my book and decided
I had to buy some more reading material for the journey home. A quick trip to
Waterstones where they were having a 'buy one, get one half price' sale on John
Green books and I came away with The Fault in Our Stars and Will
Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.
It promptly sat on my bookshelf for five months until I finally got around to
reading it in the run up to Christmas.
It's written from the perspective of two boys, both named Will Grayson, who
lead very different lives and happen to run into one another by chance one
night. And from that moment on they find their lives are taking them in very different new directions. It's a story of love and friendship, and how tough it is being a
I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I was vaguely aware
that the two authors had taken a character and would be writing all of that
character's chapters. I liked that idea because I knew that it would give the
characters really distinctive voices; it's actually a writing technique that I
would love to try myself sometime, I think it would make a great NaNoWriMo
project. Although I wasn't sure what to expect, I really did enjoy it.
I was slightly annoyed when I accidentally spoiled part of the ending for
myself. Here's a hint, if you're reading a book, don't look it up on TV Tropes
until after you've finished it. You might read something that gives away the
It's hard to talk about the characters in a book when two of them share the
same name. Of the two Wills, the one who appears in the story first was my
favourite. I liked him right from the beginning and I enjoyed his relationship
with Jane. Though as the book went on I found that the second Will grew on
One thing that did bug me a little in the beginning was the fact that the
second Will's bits were all written in lowercase with no capitals. It's one of
those little niggly things and I thought it was going to drive me crazy through
the book. Well, it didn't. I actually reached a point somewhere before halfway
through the book where I honestly think I stopped noticing. That should be a
lesson to me; I will not let quirky grammar issues put me off a book.
I'm definitely a fan of John Green now and I'll be looking out for his books
in the future. And I enjoyed my first exposure to David Levithan so I'm sure
I'll pick up more by him in the future.
And if anyone's looking for someone to co-author a book with them, let me
know, it looks like fun.