Book Review: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan (ARC)


Hold Me Closer by David LevithanAuthor:
 David Levithan

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Musical

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: March 17, 2015 

200 pages, hardcover

Remember that flamboyant, larger-than-life, hilarious character named Tiny Cooper from John Green and David Levithan’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson aka everyone’s favorite character? In Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Tiny Cooper writes a musical based on his life, from his birth, through his parade of 18 ex-boyfriends, and to finally accepting who he is and what he wants. Hold Me Closer IS that musical! How freaking cool is that?

Tiny is just as wonderful, funny, and thoughtful as he was in the novel where we first met him. His lyrics are emphatic and deep and silly. I wasn’t sure if I should expect Tiny’s musical was going to be a bit of a joke, more of a circus (I mean, there is a parade of ex-boyfriends) than an actual, real musical. But though it does have those silly parts, it was more serious than I was expecting, and I really appreciated that. It was emotional, upbeat, slow, and all of the things a real musical should be. Don’t get me wrong: Hold Me Closer does have its ridiculous moments, it’s unrealistic, larger-than-life moments, but that’s who Tiny is, and that’s why I love him.

Since the book doesn’t actually come with music, Tiny’s songs are more like poetry, and Levithan knows what he’s doing here. These songs could be touching and hilarious on the same page. Like Tiny says in his introduction, that’s how life is: “…it’s important to realize that the truth is sometimes quiet…and other times, it’s loud and spectacular. You don’t always get to choose which form it takes (ARC 1).”

The bottom line: I honestly want to see this one on the stage.

Rating: 8 – freaking fantastic

Waiting on Wednesday – Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Hold Me Closer, The Tiny Cooper StoryWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Author: David Levithan

Release date: March 17, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

Why I’m excited: Tiny Cooper. Tiny. Cooper. He was hands-down my favorite character in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I’m pretty sure he was everyone’s favorite character in Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I didn’t know until a few days ago that there’s going to be a book about him, but I need it. He’s honest and funny and wonderful. Such a great character. Plus, it’s told through the script of the musical from Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I mean, this sounds amazing. Also, “Hold Me Closer, Tiny Cooper.” Hahaha.