This week's contest is a copy of the new teen book, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan courtesy of Bilerico Project and publisher Penguin USA. The two authors accomplished something most never get from me: I actually read the book!
Will Grayson, Will Grayson isn't the typical book I'd pick up and read for fun. It's aimed at teenagers (it says it's for ages 14 and up), but it includes quite a bit of cursing and adult themes like masturbation, fake IDs and underage drinking, and porno stores.
The book follows two different boys named Will Grayson and their unexpected meeting. One is gay; the other is straight. As their lives become intertwined around central character Tiny Cooper, both find love in that awkward teenage way. The climax - "history's most fabulous high school musical" - is both touching and funny in that way that teen stories often are.
I've blogged before that the first LGBT-positive book I read was when I was 18. (Patricia Nell Warren's award winning novel, The Front Runner.) There were no Will Grayson-like books when I was a teen. While the novel trends to much to teenage angst for my adult tastes, if I was younger this book would have been one of my favorites.
Check out after the jump for your chance to win one of three copies to give to a teenage queer (or straight ally!) in your life. You won't be sorry you did.