Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

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. 

Hello internetees! So, it’s no big secret that I’m a John Green fan (I know, you’re shocked, right?) and to my complete surprise, I haven’t reviewed a single John Green book. What kind of a fan am I?

So, I decided to review the least cliché book of John Green’s – Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

If I had to summarize this book, using one word, that word would have to be adorable. Although, not adorable in the sense that a baby is adorable, but adorable in it’s a lovely story that I completely adore, kind of sense (and I just had an abundance of the word “adorable”, didn’t I?).

I am going to spoil the story a little bit, because I’m not really sure how to write this review without spoiling… so, here goes.

The “Gay-Will-Grayson” (Levithan’s Grayson) is a very bitter person, and although I think that Levithan may have overdone it with the “I’m-an-angry-teenager-and-I-hate-everyone-and-everything” concept, it does fit in with the characters personality.

A picture of what the cover of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, looks like.

A picture of what the cover of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, looks like.

The other Will Grayson is more approachable, in my opinion. Not only can I relate to him more (he is also a complete and utter geek), but also he’s very normal. Normality always makes a story better (for lack of a better word), because you can relate it back to things you already know.

The story so filled with, well, emotion – and I’m referring to the good kind of emotion. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you empathise. That’s, what I think, is one of the most important motif’s of this story – empathy.

The way Green and Levithan have made this story so impossible real, is because of their amazing ability to make the reader sympathize with the characters. We feel their pain, almost, as if it were our own.

The people in the story are so life-like – I could imagine myself around these people; I could picture myself into the story, which is really what all writers should strive for.

The only annoying part of the story was the fact that Levithan chose not to capitalize. At all. Seriously people, I’m not joking when I say that all the I’s were i’s. None of the names were capitalized, either. I kind of get what Levithan was trying to do – which was to more accurately simulate the mind of one of the “Will Graysons” – but regardless of that, it was just annoying to read. Not to mention difficult to read.

Personally, I liked Green’s Will Grayson more than I liked Levithan’s Will Grayson – I found Green’s Will Grayson more, well, human. But then again, I’m very biased towards Green.

I would recommend this book for everybody, but perhaps even more specifically teenagers. It’s an amazing book, and you’d be stupid to miss an opportunity to read it.

And yes, I realize how cliché this post is… but sometimes, embracing the clichés is really the only viable option, don’t you think?

Have a fantastic rest of the day, everyone!

An image of John Green (left) and David Levithan (right)

An image of John Green (left) and David Levithan (right)

 

 

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Killing Off Main Characters Makes Me Want to Scream

Hello my fellow internetees! I am upset. Very upset. This blog post is going to contain spoilers and some not-so-kind criticism.

This post might interest you if you watch Game of Thrones – if you don’t, then, maybe not. Although (just to contradict myself) if you like rants, then you’ll probably like this post.

Ok, (SPOILER ALERT!) why in earth did they kill of Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa? This is a DISASTER! And yes, I both italicized and capitalized – that’s how infuriated I am!

I still can’t really believe that they seriously killed off those people – urgh, it’s just so annoying.

I am torn between slapping George R.R. Martin in the face, or falling down and crying in the corner of my room. Not only have I lost the will to live, but I’ve also lost the will to continue with the series.

(That may have been a tad overly dramatic)

Seriously people, it’s one thing if the whole story is about someone dying, or if it’s just the ending of a single story. But when they kill of characters of a TV-series, it’s as if a close friend has died.

And for those of you in the comments section who are going to complain about the fact that I am a relatively wealthy individual, in the wealthiest time period in human history, and I should just be grateful, well, yeah, I do realize that. But them dying still upsets me, and it still hurts when stuff like this happens.

And yes, I do comprehend that the author does this to make the story seem more life like – the fragility and unpredictability of life, and all that – but isn’t the point of these fictional stories supposed to take us away from our own misery? I like to be blissfully oblivious in regards to fiction, and believe in a happy ever after for everyone, but I can’t do that if everyone just keeps on dying!

I know I’m being slightly melodramatic, but, seriously, today just went from a great day to a sucky one

And, although I don’t really like gifs, this occurrence calls for one.

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Thanks, I really needed to rant.

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Has this happened to anyone else? Anyone else feel completely and utterly empty inside because of this? Let me know in the comments section!

Quote of the Week – Survivability

Hi my fellow internetees! So, I literally spent  half an hour doing this (mostly because I changed fonts like seven times), but this is one of my all-time favorite quotes!

Screenshot_6_5_56_BE_5_00_PMI hope you liked it, and as I said, it’s a personal favorite!

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Anybody else have any favorite quotes? If so, share them with us in the comments section below!

An Explanation of Nerdfighteria

Hello fellow internetees! Today’s topic is going to be about… wait for… wait for it… NERDS!

Now, I am a renowned nerd – and I actually like that I’m a nerd. I like that I cry whenever I read The Fault in Our Stars, I like that I can practically recite Star Wars, I like that I get excited whenever a new Game of Thrones episode comes out. All these things are parts of me, that make me, well, me. These are, in my opinion, the better parts.

(I’m also aware that I’m emotionally unavailable – the parting words of my last boyfriend – I’m can be kind of mean, I’m sort of selfish, and I know that I’ve very spoiled, but those are parts about myself that I don’t like…)

So, not completely inexplicably, I became a nerdfighter!

And now you’re probably wondering, “Well, what is a nerdfighter?”

In short, a nerdfighter is someone who instead of being made out of bones and organs and all that stuff, is made entirely out of awesome.

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Nerdfighteria is really just a big community of nerds who love other nerds and who love being nerds.

Anybody can be a nerdfighter – and if you think you are one, chances are that you are a nerdfighter. It’s really not that difficult – just be awesome and you are one.

The writer inside of me is committing suicide from superfluously using “awesome,” but in situations like this, there really is not other option.

If you still have questions, check out the link below (these guys – Hank Green and John Green – are basically the founders of Nerdfighteria) because they explain it better than I just did, or simply ask me in the comments section!

Dftba guys!

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If there are any other nerdfighters out there in the wordpress blogosphere, let me know in the comments section! We nerds got to stick together!

Word of the Week – Sanguine

Sanguine

“Optimistic or positive, esp. in an apparently bad or difficult situation,” (New Oxford American Dictionary)

I have remained surprisingly sanguine throughout the trauma of my exams.

Hello everyone! I am in a surprisingly good mood, and I thought this word fit the occasion.

I’m so happy, I even made scones!

See you later!

A Creepy Shrine – the John Green Edition

Hello my fellow internetees! So, today I wish to talk about creepy shrines.

You know those 20 OneDirection posters who have in your closet? Or those limited edition Twilight books that no one other than you know about? Yep, that’s your creepy shrine. Everyone has them, so there’s no point in denying it’s existence.

My creepy shrine is about John Green.

Ok, first off, I am not a huge stalker. I don’t know John Green’s exact whereabouts, nor do I know everything about him, nor to I drool over vlogbrother videos at 3 am in the morning. However, I do think that John Green is one of the best writers out there, and I greatly admire his work. His work, not him himself.

I have two posters, and they look like this:

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And I also have all of his books (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns, Will Grayson Will Grayson, An Abundance of Katharines, and Let it Snow).

So, now you’re probably thinking that I am a complete and utter weirdo, but he is a really good writer, and I think that you should check him out.

Also all of his books have really nice themes of acceptance, as well as most of his vlogbrother’s videos, which is always fun to learn more about.

Creepy shrines may be creepy, but hopefully, they have some kind of purpose. Mine is the accepting kind of purpose

Good-bye and good luck with all your present and future endeavors!

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Anybody else have a creepy shrine? Anybody else have a John Green shrine? Let me know in the comments section!

Music Monday – Strange Charm by Hank Green

Hello internetees! So, very briefly: this is one of the nerdiest songs ever to come into existence, so naturally, I love it! It’s by Hank Green, who is one of the founders of nerdfighteria, and it’s really just an awesome song!

Check it out down below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0kXkWXSXRA

Not only is it awesome, it’s also very informative!

Reading and Eating

Hello my fellow internetees! So, this morning, as I was eating my breakfast (strawberry yogurt and coffee – breakfast for champions), I had a revelation regarding reading and, you guessed it, eating. You see, there are certain foods that are perfect for eating when you are reading, and certain foods that aren’t. These are my “top” 6!

First off, I am going to point out the obvious sustenance of choice for a bibliophile – coffee. Not only is this the one thing that can make you get up in the morning, but it’s also the perfect blend of sweet and bitter, that (for some reason) goes perfectly to whatever book you’re reading.

Observe, tea as a similar effect, but alas, I dislike tea, and therefore never drink it. I’ve been assured by an adamant tea-drinker that this is the case, so even though I don’t drink tea, I know it works.

Hot chocolate is also a nice supplement to your book, but it works best in cold places – I’m from Sweden, so I have a great deal of experience regarding cold places. But if you have a Jane Austen novel and a cup of hot chocolate, everything inside you becomes gooey warm – even when it’s -20 degrees Celsius outside.131392-Student-girl-reading-and-eating-apple

Apples. It’s super easy to get and eat, you can have it in one hand, holding a book in the other. It’s healthy (unless you eat like ten of them – fruit sugar), and delectable. It’s really the ideal food for your fiction.

Pizza… now, the thing about pizza is that it’s super unhealthy and fatty, not to mention the fact that if you eat pizza whilst holding a book, you will undoubtedly get fat on your fingers, which will unquestionably end up on the books – and fatty finger marks on book pages hurt my soul. However, I do understand the deliciousness of the unhealthy fattiness, and so, as long as you have an infinite supply paper towels, it’s pretty good food for when you’re reading.

*On a side note, I would like to point out that pizza is perhaps, more on the “movie side”, rather than the “book side” – but it works for both.

Popcorn may work with your book, but again, the fatness dilemma arises. Popcorn is more of a food for a writer, rather than a reader, but again, if you have paper towels, it may work for you.

*On another side note, this food is perfect for a NaNoWriMo contestant.

In general, avoid food such as pasta, soup, or anything really “slippery”, that could accidently fall onto the pages of your book. Food stains on books, also, hurt my soul.

So, there you have it – the top foods to compliment your reading.

Have a good one!

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Can anybody think of any other foods to go with reading? Was there something I missed? Do you disagree with me? Agree? Let me know in the comments section!

P.s. yes, I’m super hungry right now, and all I can really think about is how I skipped lunch… I’m going to go snack now.

The Importance of Punctuation

My fellow interntees, I have something of “vital importance” to discuss with you.

First and foremost, I want to say that I try to be polite. I believe in showing respect to my fellow human beings, I believe in saying “Thank you,” I believe in punctuality, and I think it’s very important to behave.

However, there are a few things that just make me want to explode. Punctuation is one those things. It’s actually rather ludicrous to get upset over the misuse of punctuation, I understand that, but it just bothers me. So bear with me while I rant.

Punctuation is imperative. Not only is important so that your colleagues and/or teachers take you seriously, but it’s also so that other people can understand you.

To get your attention, I have a few examples to show how punctuation errors can lead to, well, not good things.

Punctuation can save lives…

Lets eat Grandpa.

or

Lets eat, Grandpa.

This is a common “Dear John” letter – try and figure out which letter John would prefer:

Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy–will you let me be yours?

Jane

And when we change the punctuation…

Dear John,

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,

Jane

A drug related punctuation error…

Say ‘NO’ to Drugs from the NMB Police D.A.R.E Officers.

What are those officers up to?

And finally, a gender comparison:

An English professor wrote the words:

“A woman with her man is nothing,”

On the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote:

“A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All the females in the class wrote:

“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Observe the power of punctuation!

So, there you have it! Punctuation is more important than you think, so be sure to always spell check.

See you later, guys!

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On a side note, I’ve been thinking about making a series out of “The Importance of…”. What do you guys think?

The Book of May

Hello my dear internetees! I’ve decided to have a book of the month sort of thing, and the reason why I’m doing this on the 1st of June, is because I can’t really do it in May. It wouldn’t really work if I wrote about a book of the month on, lets say, the 28th of May, but then read an even better book on the 30th. So, I decided to do May’s book of the month on the 1st of June.

And the winner, of this Book of the Month, is… Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers!

This book is so amazing; I just start to smile whenever I think about it. I absolutely adore it – it has the perfect blend of weird, action, and romance, and I think it has a little something for everyone.

Ismea (“the girl”) is so… cool, in a way. She’s very tough, and hard-core. At the same time, I think she has a little bit of a fragility to her, but for some reason this delicateness only makes her stronger.

But anyway, check out the description below, and be sure to buy a copy of this book for your Summer Reading.

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.GraveMercy_final_hres

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

And just in case this has made you interested, click here to go to Amazon’s page about Grave Mercy.

Have a nice day.

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So, does anybody agree with me? Anybody else have a favorite “May” book? Let me know in the comments below!