I was lucky enough to catch David Levithan at the NCTE convention a couple of years ago, and I just LOVE John Green, so choosing this book was a no-brainer. The hook to this YA book is that Green wrote half the chapters about Will Grayson #1, and Levithan wrote the other half of the chapters about Will Grayson #2. The two stories eventually merge in a porn store in Chicago (long story), and the two Will Graysons meet. The two Will Graysons' lives continue to touch each other through each of their connections with Tiny, Will #1's gay best friend, although not always positively. Will #1 feels his best friend is rejecting him; Will #2 struggles with depression and thinks Tiny is better off without him. All the Will Graysons come together at Tiny's autobiographical high school musical Hold Me Closer. A goosebump ending for me. LOVED IT! (Warning, adult readers--teen situations and language abound)
I read Levithan's young adult novel Every Day this summer while on vacation in Malta (which was experiencing its worst heatwave in 28 years). In the comfort of our air-conditioned hotel room, I could not stop reading the adventures of "A." Imagine waking up in a new body every day, one that you can only occupy for 24 hours and then it's on to the next body at the stroke of midnight (like Cinderella on steriods!) Levithan does a masterful job creating one life after another for A to inhabit (always the same chronological age, but that's the only similarity). Every size, shape and gender is a possibility in A's world. Then he becomes Justin and he meets Justin's girlfriend Rhiannon. As A struggles to find a way to stay in touch (and in love) with Rhiannon, his life becomes even more complicated as he finds out that there may be others like himself, doomed to shift from one life to another.
Book 2 - Another Day - is not a sequel, but rather a companion novel from Rhiannon's point of view. It was interesting to see the same events from another perspective, although personally I think Levithan did a much better job of capturing A's voice than he did that of Rhiannon. It seems clear at the end of Another Day that this is bound to be at least a trilogy, so stay tuned!