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Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows a handful of kids as they journey through the unknown depths of high school. Coincidentally, the two main characters’ names are both Will Grayson (hence Will Grayson, Will Grayson).

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The first Will Grayson is always “Will Grayson,” whereas the other Will Grayson is always written as “will grayson” as to avoid confusion.

Will Grayson has two rules:

1. Don’t care too much
2. Shut up

With these two rules, Will has been substantially successful in the mess of high school. These two self-imposed rules prevent Will from getting hurt by people, but they also prevent him from feeling.

Ironically, Will’s best friend does not follow these rules. In fact, Tiny is the polar opposite of Will. Tiny, the extrovert, “is not the world’s gayest person, and he is not the world’s largest person, but…he may be the world’s largest person who is really, really gay, and also the world’s gayest person who is really, really large.”

In order to defend Tiny’s “right to be both gigantic…and gay,” Will breaks his two rules when he writes a letter to the school newspaper…and signs it.

The other will grayson is chronically depressed and only has a few people who act as acquaintances, not friends. He is reluctant to open up to people and frequently contemplates suicide.

However, will finds a safe haven with his internet friend, Isaac. will believes he loves Isaac and when the two of them plan to meet in person for the first time, fate takes the reins and the lives of will grayson and Will Grayson smash together.

In Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan write in a manner that the reader hears the perspective of Will Grayson every-other chapter, alternated by the perspective of will grayson.

The young adult novel is outlined with serious real-life themes including sexual orientation, depression, friendship, and internet safety.

Throughout Will Grayson, Will Grayson, every character has one common need: they all want to be respected.

• Tiny wants to be respected as the director/writer/producer/assistant-costume designer/casting director of the school musical Tiny Dancer, who happens to be gay.
• Will Grayson wants to be respected as the clever introvert he is.
• will grayson simply wants to be respected as a human being.

Dwight D. Eisenhower said it best when he stated that we “must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”

For the less politically adept individual, Aretha Franklin said it best in 2 minutes 25 seconds in 1967.


We can never know every person’s experiences, trials, and troubles. However, we can provide each person with equal trust and respect.

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