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Will Grayson, Will Grayson: John Green can do no wrong.

WillGraysonTitle: Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Author: John Green and David Levithan

Summary: As the title suggests, this story contains two characters that are both named Will Grayson. One Will Grayson, distinguished by always having his name capitalized, is friends with Tiny Cooper, a very gay and very large football player who lives his life in the spotlight.  Just as every action has an equal and opposite reaction, Tiny’s noticeability is equally as strong as Will’s opposite desire to go unnoticed.  The other will grayson, distinguished by always having his name in lowercase, is gay and disappointed when he discovers that the guy he met online has a crush on his friend Maura, who’s a girl and obviously not his type.  The two Wills meet through an interesting series of events and an equally interesting string of events happens afterwards.

Six Word Review: John Green can do no wrong.

I started reading because: I like all of John Green’s other books so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed by this one.

I would give this book 10/10 stars because it normalizes gay romantic relationships.  There’s still a tangible prejudice against gay people so I think this book contains a great message for people of all ages.  Plus this book is hilarious as per usual when it comes to John Green.

I loved the character Tiny Cooper.  He’s so unapologetically himself you can’t help but love him.  I hated will’s negative attitude.

If Tiny Cooper was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Change The World.

Anything else we should know?  Neutral Milk Hotel, a band mentioned in the book, is a real band and their music is good, I recommend listening to them.

— Regina, 17, West Seattle

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Seattle Pride 2014

pride-flagWhat is Gay Pride? And why do we celebrate it with a Parade? Where did that Rainbow Flag come from? Was it really inspired by “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz? And what about those Pink Triangles? Ever wondered? Check out the above links for more detailed info, history of the gay rights movement & emblems that just may shock you.

Here in Seattle, there are tons of events going on this weekend to celebrate Pride. Visit the folks over at Seattle Pride for a complete listing of activities and performances. The big event, of course, is the Pride Parade on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. We highly recommend it. Well, admittedly we’re a little biased because the awesome Seattle Public Library Bookineers are in it once again, but the whole parade is a joy to watch!

This year’s theme is Generations of Pride and will honor those who fought the early battles and those continuing to advocate for equality in changing times.  George Takei of Star Trek (and social medias) fame is this year’s Celebrity Grand Marshall!

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Watching The New Normal

If you are a Glee fan, listen up.  On September 10th a new wonderful Ryan Murphy show began.  It is called The New Normal.  The show follows a gay couple, Bryan and David, who are trying to have a child via surrogate.  Their surrogate’s name is Goldie and she has a young daughter named Shania.  Bryan and David want to be involved in Goldie’s life while she is pregnant, so they invite Goldie and Shania to stay in their guest house, causing many entertaining storylines.  But the unfortunate result of this is Goldie’s grandmother popping in and dampening Bryan and David’s happiness of a new child.  She is openly against gays, which causes even more drama and famously hilarious Ryan Murphy lines.

The storyline is great, and I think it is a good subject matter to make people more aware of.  I personally love the connections between Glee and The New Normal.  For one, Bryan is a television producer, just as Ryan Murphy is.  Even funnier is that one of the people on the show he produces is named Clea, an obvious Glee reference that I loved.  If you are interested in a light hearted, fun show, tune in to NBC on Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c.  You can also check out more Ryan Murphy works, such as Glee and American Horror Story, from your local library.  Enjoy!

Maddy, Northeast Teen Adviser

Same-sex marriage

According to the New York Times in a recent article from May of this year, 50 percent of Americans approve same-sex marriages and the numbers continue to rise after President Obama’s announced support.  However, on the other end of the spectrum, opposition is quickly dwindling.  I, for one, don’t see why there should be so much confliction in morality regarding this issue because to me the answer is obvious: gay marriage should be 100% supported.

Although I make my position on gay marriage very clear to anyone who approaches me on the topic I do respect other opinions although I obviously don’t agree with them.  I’m definitely one of those people who have a unique family situation considering I’ve been primarily raised by two gay parents.  However, I’ve never understood what’s so ‘unique’ about it, probably because I’ve come to see it as a way of living verses something “different” from the “normal.”  Since I was little I can recall people asking me question such as “what’s it like to have two dads?” and “how can you live without a mom?”  For most people I retort with a short answer that generally puts an end to their pondering about my life.  However, in this case I feel it would be beneficial to voice my living situation to give context into my beliefs on the controversial issue of gay marriage.  Having two dads is like any other family, truly nothing is different aside from the obvious “no mom” aspects but in my unique situation I spend partial time with my grandmother (who’s my “mom” to me). I think of myself as someone who does have a mom, even if she’s biologically my grandmother, because a mom is not someone who gives birth to you, a mother is the person who’s there to love you, support you, and be there for you through everything.  I’m proud to say my grandma has done just that. Continue reading