Book Review: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story


Claire Mulcahy, Reporter

As high schoolers, we have heard of and read just about every type of book: novel, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, novella, play and the list goes on. David Levithan, author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist; Everyday and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, has now introduced the world to a new genre of literature known as a musical novel with his newest novel, Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story.

Tiny Cooper was first created as a sidekick of sorts in Levithan’s novel, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was co-written by John Green. Will Grayson, Will Grayson follows two teens that have the exact same name, but have never met. They finally run into each other one day in Chicago, and their paths continue to intertwine. Tiny Cooper is the best friend of one of the Will Graysons, and he is gayer and bigger than life itself, and proud of it.

Just to give a little disclaimer, there may be some spoilers in this article, so if you hate spoilers and plan on reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson anytime soon, I would stop reading right about now.

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story follows his previously created character “from fabulous birth to epic boyfriend problems…and beyond” as it is described on Levithan’s website. In Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Cooper is writing a musical about his life. He writes about when he came out to his friends and family and about all eighteen of his failed relationships, which all lead up to the most heartbreaking of all.

At the end of the first novel, Cooper ends up dating a very important character, who also makes an appearance in Hold Me Closer. This novel takes the form of a written musical, but is a novel telling Cooper’s story, and because of this, some of the other characters from the first novel make an appearance as well. Hold Me Closer is a new show with old and new characters, and recounted adventures. I would definitely recommend both books.

In my opinion, David Levithan is an author who really creates some of the best stories and characters I have ever read about. A similar author who most people know is John Green, and I think that especially in their collaborated work they complement each other very nicely.

David Levithan writes for all ages, but some of his work is from the point of view of teenagers, so his books appeal to them. He writes in the language that we understand most by not using giant SAT words and using familiar situations, but the thing that stands out to me most about him is some of his stories have dark twists. Not necessarily a scary dark, but he takes his stories to places people haven’t before.

Overall, I think that David Levithan is a standout author, and I also think that Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story and Will Grayson, Will Grayson are standout novels. I would definitely recommend both novels and the author because his novels are well written and the situations are very relatable to our lives.