It is well known that David Levithan is a genius. As a New York Times bestselling author, Levithan is up there with John Green, as one of the kings of YA contemporary. In his latest novel, “Hold Me Closer”, a companion to the award-winning bestseller “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”, co-written with John Green, we see just how talented a writer he is.
“Hold Me Closer” was a musical featured in “Will Grayson, Will Grayson” and tells the life story of Tiny Cooper, a “big and gay” seventeen year old boy, who is a major character in the novel. We were teased a lot in “WG, WG” with just a basic outline of the musical, but after a long wait, we now have the musical in full, a novel in its own right.
Tiny is a very dramatic, flamboyant, humorous character. The musical is the story of the stress and strain Tiny has had to deal with to find love….. On many occasions. He may be only seventeen years of age, but he is consumed by the need to love and be loved. After all, love is a drug and Tiny is most definitely addicted to it. Eighteen boyfriends, in such a short time, is A LOT!
This musical is also about Tiny coming to terms with being gay. A key lesson in this book is to love yourself, regardless of what anybody else thinks or says.
I absolutely adored this book! Tiny is a hilarious character, as are his friends. I just loved how positive the whole book was. It made me happy just reading it. The songs are so clever and funny you can’t help but laugh at them. With the LGBT genre becoming more popular, it is definitely a fantastic representative of the genre. This book is a companion to “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”, meaning it should be read after reading “WG, WG” (which has also been reviewed on this site). This contemporary blew my mind. It was a quick read and I enjoyed every moment of it. I highly recommend it.