One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high school stage.
To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure about reading this. But I’m so glad I did. It was typical John Green – heartwarming and funny – and David Levithan is pretty funny too. I was literally laughing out loud. One of the first things I noticed is that you can tell who wrote which chapters – Levithan’s chapters are all written in lowercase. Considering my tendency of being a grammar nazi, it didn’t really bother me. In the back of the book, Levithan explains it:
The reason my will writes in lowercase is simple – that’s how he sees himself. He is a lowercase person. He is used to communicating online, where people are encouraged to be lowercase people. His whole self-image is what he projects in his space, and his one comfortable form of communication is when he’s anonymous and sending instant messages. It’s not even something he thinks about. It’s how his self-expression has formed. Is it stunted in some way? Absolutely. But at the same time, it’s a true expression; and by the end of the book, I’d bet you don’t even notice it. It’s only jarring at first. But then you enter his world completely, get used to the rhythm of his life; and hopefully it makes sense.
It totally makes sense. I know exactly how his Will feels because of my own battle with anxiety and depression. It was really refreshing; not many books are able to show that. It was also really cool that one of the main characters way gay because, well, I don’t think I’m exactly ramrod straight.