21 Jan 2016

Review - Hold Me Closer by David Levithan

Goodreads synopsis:

It’s Tiny Cooper’s turn in the spotlight in this companion novel to New York Times bestseller Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Jazz hands at the ready! Tiny Cooper (“the world’s largest person who is also really, really gay”) stole readers’ hearts when he was introduced to the world in the New York Times bestselling book Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored by John Green and David Levithan. Now Tiny finally gets to tell his story—from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends—the way he always intended: as a musical! Filled with honesty, humor, and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, the novel is told through the full script of the musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

My experience with Hold Me Closer: 

Sometime last year, or maybe the year before (what did I ever do without Goodreads?) I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan and really quite enjoyed it. When I heard about Hold Me Closer I instantly knew it was one of those books that I just had to read. Being a full on drama kid in school, especially enjoying the theory side, I decided it would be an instant favourite.

While Hold Me Closer was a good and easy read (as it's only around 200 pages, written as a script) I felt it lacking something. As I knew that I would, I adored Tiny Cooper, he was my favourite character in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and there were some hilarious songs and one liners but other than that, I didn't really fall in love with this book.

One of my favourite features of Hold Me Closer were the stage directions, Tiny Cooper (the playwright) shares much about his life and feelings in the small paragraphs between scenes. He was always encouraging people who might be performing Hold Me Closer in the future, and saying that even though there is a way he'd perform it, as long as you put the effort in, he'd be happy.

I understand that the play focuses around the life of Tiny Cooper and that because he had only just graduated High School when the play ends that it'd be short, but the ending was insanely abrupt! I didn't feel a sense of satisfaction when I ended the play because something just seemed to be missing.

For those of you who are like me and studied drama while at school, I would definitely recommend Hold Me Closer. Also, if you read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and loved Tiny as much as I did then it's also a 'must read'! I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars (★★★☆☆)

Where you can find the book:

Book Depository // Wordery // Booktopia (Australia + NZ only) // Amazon US // Amazon Australia // Amazon UK // Mighty Ape (NZ only)

About the author:

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

Where you can find the author:

Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter // Website 

I hope that you enjoyed this review of Hold Me Closer by David Levithan. Let me know in the comments below if you've read this book and what you thought of it, or it's on your TBR!

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