WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON

AUTHORS – JOHN GREEN, DAVID LEUITHAN

PUBLISHED IN – 2010

PAGES – 308

SPOILERS AHEAD.

I have finally managed to read all of John’s books. Although I wasn’t a great fan of this particular one, it feels good to complete a collection of sorts.

The story had two boys named Will Grayson who were not related in any manner. The book goes on about their lives. About what exactly? I have no clue. It felt like the characters kept rambling on and on. It wasn’t anything spectacular or heart touching. It was just plain old teenage angst. Constantly doubting oneself, hating oneself too much, loving oneself too much, terrorising everyone around oneself because one is going through “stuff”. That’s just adolescence. It was like witnessing Holden Caulfield in a 21st century setting. I am sure the book was written to get to a point eventually but I somehow missed the train. Then again, it’s just my view. It is a widely loved book. Sans me?

The book had about 2 or 3 instances where the two Will Grayson interact with each other and I loved those parts. I kept waiting for them to cross paths again. What’s so fascinating about meeting another person bearing the same name? I don’t have a clue but I loved that. It’s probably the most stupidest thing that I could have picked to like about the book but here I am.

Now, ranking all the John Green books!

1. Turtles all the way down
2. Looking for Alaska
3. An abundance of Katherines
4. Fault in our stars
5. Paper towns
6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson
7. Let it snow

My time is consumed by tuning into podcasts these days. And John Green’s podcast The Anthropocene Reviewed has been a fine one to devour myself in, especially when I am out jogging. I used to listen to music while working out but podcasts are a far better alternative. I don’t have to think about anything and just listen. Admittedly, I forget half the things I hear but somehow there’s something redeemable about it. I heard this in today’s podcast:

“Considering how common illness is, how tremendous the spiritual change that it brings… it becomes strange indeed that illness has not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature.”

It is by Virginia Woolf. It isn’t anything groundbreaking again but I like how it sounds. Despite illness being as common to human beings as love or battle or jealousy, we do not find heaps of poems or stories about them like the others. I am looking forward to discovering more podcasts now.

John Green is publishing a non fiction book by the same name i.e. The Anthropocene Reviewed. I believe it comes out sometime in May this year.

Also, I have no idea what I should read next.

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