Hold Me Closer
The Tiny Cooper Story
Written by David Levithan
Published March 18th 2015
Thank you to Text Publishing
Larger than life character Tiny Cooper, from John Green and David Levithan’s bestselling novel Will Grayson, Will Grayson, finally tells his own story the only way he knows how, as a stupendous musical.Readers will experience all of Hold Me Closer, the autobiographical musical written by and staring Tiny Cooper. Filled with humour, pain, and big, lively, belty musical numbers, readers will finally learn Tiny’s full story, from his birth and childhood to his quest for love and his infamous eighteen former boyfriends.
From a very young age, Tiny Cooper knew he loved boys more than girls, he also knew that life was better in song.
Most babies come into the world crying or gasping or snotting. Not Tiny Cooper. he comes into the world singing.From his junior years when Tiny came out to the world, all he's ever wanted was to love and to be loved. In a script that can only be performed on the big stage, Tiny shares with us his life, his love, his hopes and fears. But most of all he shares a celebration of being unique, fabulous and what it means to be Tiny Cooper.
Utterly fabulous, this gorgeous storyline is told in the form of a Broadway musical script, with none other than Tiny Cooper as the star. His larger than life sense of fun jumps off the page and leaves the reader feeling joyful and entertained. I loved the format, something I haven't seen in young adult before.
The thing about a spotlight is that you have to step into it. You have to get onto that stage. I haven't been ready for a lot of things, but from early on, I was ready for this.Intelligent and creative, it tells Tiny's story in both song and the narrative, in what could only be described as fun, flirtatious and flamboyant. But beneath the musical, it also depicts the story of a boy who hopelessly wants to fall in love and feel his own self worth. Battling bullies who are threatened by his differences and learning to love who he is, the gentle giant with a heart to match.
It was glorious and so incredibly joyful. A feel good book for not only fans of Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Tiny himself, but those looking for a celebration of acceptance.
I have to believe we have enough songs in our hearts for endless musicals, about an endless number of things. And it's fun, every now and then, to let them out into the world.