HOLD ME CLOSER by David Levithan

HOLD ME CLOSER

The Tiny Cooper Story
Age Range: 12 - 18
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Finally, Tiny Cooper gets his own story: the musical.

Semifresh (four years later) off the heels of his uber-gay and hilarious collaboration with John Green, Will Grayson Will Grayson (2010), Levithan bites the bullet and pens the actual musical script that his 16-year-old large-and-in-charge gay hero created as a centerpiece for the original novel. Tiny’s coming-of-age musical includes his loving parents, his BFF Phil Wrayson (a cautiously disguised straight Will Grayson), a lesbian babysitter named Lynda, the ghost of Oscar Wilde and 18 ex-boyfriends—including the second Will Grayson. There are Barbra Streisand and Idina Menzel references. There are potentially naughty locker-room tableaux. There are debunked stereotypes in the form of song (“OH! What a Big Gay Baby”). There are multiple moments in the spotlight, including solos and addresses to the audience, where Tiny will have readers falling out of their chairs laughing. It’s probably wrong to call this a novel since it’s written as a script complete with acts, dialogue, musical verse and staging instructions, but whatever it is, it’s just as downright ridiculous as its precursor. Shy readers should be warned: Don’t read this in a public place unless you’re very comfortable chortling out loud.

It’s big. It’s gay. It’s outrageous and hilarious. (Fiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: March 17th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-525-42884-8
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: Dutton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015




9 QUICK READS:

NonfictionTHE RESIDENCE by Kate Andersen Brower
by Kate Andersen Brower
NonfictionVERY GOOD LIVES by J.K. Rowling
by J.K. Rowling
MysteryFALLING IN LOVE by Donna Leon
by Donna Leon
NonfictionBILLIE HOLIDAY by John Szwed
by John Szwed

MORE BY DAVID LEVITHAN

ChildrenTHE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH & LILY by Rachel Cohn
by Rachel Cohn
ChildrenYOU KNOW ME WELL by Nina LaCour
by Nina LaCour
ChildrenANOTHER DAY by David Levithan
by David Levithan

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenBOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan
by David Levithan
ChildrenBEYOND CLUELESS by Linas Alsenas
by Linas Alsenas
ChildrenSONDHEIM by Susan Goldman Rubin
by Susan Goldman Rubin