Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grade 5n/a4.825347
TIME Magazine’s Top Ten Children’s Books of 2015

"Tiny Cooper stole our hearts." —Entertainment Weekly

Especially for those of us who ordinarily feel ignored, a spotlight is a circle of magic, with the strength to draw us from the darkness of our everyday lives.


Watch out, ex-boyfriends, and get out of the way, homophobic coaches. Tiny Cooper has something to say—and he’s going to say it in song.
Filled with honesty, humor, and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, Hold Me Closer is the no-holds-barred (and many-bars-held) entirety of the beloved musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the award-winning bestseller by John Green and David Levithan.

Tiny Cooper is finally taking center stage . . . and the world will never be the same again.

“Tiny will have readers falling out of their chairs laughing. . . . It's big. It's gay. It's outrageous and hilarious.” —Kirkus Reviews

★"Levithan has turned in another star turn with a book that is witty, wise, and well worthy of an encore." Booklist, starred review

★"Tiny’s passion for composing a big, beautiful life and a big, beautiful show overflows in thisthoroughly magical book.” BCCB, starred review

★"Tiny Cooper . . . gets his own star turn." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on March 17, 2015 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0525428844
ISBN-13: 9780525428848
1 Book Review
  • amouse18
    amouse18almost 6 years55 stars
    The book Hold Me Closer by David Levithan is about a gay guy named Tiny. He has been gay for as long as he could remember. He faces troubles throughout the story. Tiny thinks of his life as a musical, so there are songs throughout the story that really convey them message of the story. I thought this book was a very good book. I thought it was a very good book because you don't find many books about overweight gay guys who sing. It really made me understand what gay people go through. This book is realistic fiction because there are gay people in this world and people need to learn to accept it. This book is for anyone to read, boy, girl, old, or young. It is for anyone because it really shows what gay people go through. One internal conflict that Tiny had was that he didn't really know who he was and had to try to figure it out. One external conflict is when Tiny is playing baseball. People start making fun of him because he's overweight and gay. Overall, I thought this was a very good book. (Updated about 5 months ago)