Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story


Levithan, David. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, a musical novel.  New York: Dutton. 2015. 978-0-525-42884-8 $17.99. 200p.  Gr. 10+.

Fans of Will Grayson, Will Grayson are probably all rejoicing that they finally get to read Tiny Cooper’s musical from the end of David Levithan’s previous novel.  Even if you thought Tiny Cooper was a little (or a lot) over the top, you most likely were a little curious to know what was in his musical at the end of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.  Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story lets readers know just that.   This musical novel is the script, complete with blocking and author’s commentary, starting with Tiny’s birth and taking readers up to his latest break-up.  

The story will tug at heart strings, answer questions and maybe just make you scratch your head.  It’s a great follow-up to  Will Grayson, Will Grayson and a book that any fan of David Levithan or John Green should read.  I’d recommend it to anyone who liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson and is looking to find out more about the outrageous Tiny Cooper.

Musical Novel      Laura Ward, Fox Chapel Area HS


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