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Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story

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Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story

In WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON (co-authored with John Green), readers fell in love with the Wills’ musical friend Tiny. Ladies and gentlemen, Tiny Cooper has entered the building. From the moment he enters as a “big gay baby,” you just know you’re in for something special.

HOLD ME CLOSER is written as a script. Yes, a script, with stage directions, an introduction from Tiny himself and really everything but the sheet music (making it up in your mind is part of the fun, anyway).  This alone is enough to make it unique, and it’s not nearly as tricky to read as it sounds. Having exact movement directions and always knowing who is speaking and when make the scenes even clearer.It’s like watching the coolest school production ever without having to go anywhere.

There’s something to be said about characters like Tiny Cooper. He’s loud. He speaks his mind. He knows that not everyone is going to like him and that’s okay. Tiny is what today’s youth want in this world, LGBT or not. Readers get excited over the fact that he’s almost always excited. His what-you-see-is-what-you-get attitude is inspiring and entertaining. He’s a character that readers wish they could come to know in real life, and that’s beyond important.

It’s like watching the coolest school production ever without having to go anywhere.

Overall, HOLD ME CLOSER is about what you would expect from David Levithan --- that is, full of heart and not afraid to break a few rules. Fans that have already gone crazy for his work will not be disappointed, and first time Levithan readers will become instant fanatics.

Chock-full of laughs and humor that only Tiny could pull off, this is one performance you won’t want to miss.

P.S. Didn’t read WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON? No problem! This is TINY’S story and can easily be understood without prior knowledge of the Wills. Sure, HOLD ME CLOSER makes a few references to the earlier book, but missing them won’t make this companion novel any less memorable. 

Reviewed by Lexibex V., Teen Board Member on April 2, 2015

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story
by David Levithan