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Will Grayson, Will Grayson Read-Alikes

Will Grayson If you enjoyed Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan, you might also like some of these novels and memoirs that explore self-discovery and identity.


World of Normal Boys
K.M. Soehnlein
The time is the late 1970s -- an age of gas shortages, head shops, and Saturday Night Fever. The place, suburban New Jersey. Soehnlein captures the spirit of a generation and an era, embodied in the haunting, unstoppable voice of thirteen-year-old Robin MacKenzie whose struggle for a place in the world is as ferocious as it is real.
How I Learned to Snap
Kirk Read
A call to acceptance with a Southern accent, Read's coming out story is heartbreaking, comic, tragic and redemptive as he tells of his youth in the Shenandoah Valley and how he passed through the rough terrain of the Bible Belt to undertake a career as a young, queer journalist.
Kathleen Winter
Winter’s debut novel is a deeply affecting portrait of life in an enchanting seaside town and the trials of growing up unique in a restrictive environment. In 1968, into the devastating, spare atmosphere of the remote coastal town of Labrador, Canada, a child is born: a baby who appears to be neither fully boy nor fully girl, but both at once. Only three people are privy to the secret—the baby’s parents, Jacinta and Treadway, and a trusted neighbor and midwife.
John Wray
Suspenseful and comic, devastating and hopeful by turns, Lowboy is a fearless exploration of youth, sex, and violence in contemporary America, seen through one boy's haunting and extraordinary vision.
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Peter Cameron
"Cameron has crafted a sharp, biting tale that deservedly has been compared to J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Eighteen-year-old James Sveck lives with his upper-crust family in New York City and is ambivalent about many things: his Ivy League future at Brown, his sexual orientation, his dislike of kids his own age….When James turns inward to examine his ambivalence, the story takes a serious turn." - School Library Journal