Title: Me and Earl, and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
(This cover is amazing!)
“Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight” – (GoodReads)
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I finished Me and Earl and the Dying Girl a couple days ago and after mulling over my thoughts on this book I have come to the conclusion that I really liked it. You may be wondering, “well, isn’t that something you would know right off the bat?” And I would have to answer, “no.”
The reason for that is because I had to get used to the style of the book and it took me a rather long time to do that. The constant change between the regular prose writing to script writing, and other such things was something that I found hard to enjoy at first, however; came to appreciate later. It really helped show (to me) more of the type of person the main character, Greg, was.
I remember my high school years and how I was similar to Greg in the fact that I attempted to be the enemy of none though we did this in different ways. While he infiltrated; I was invisible. Seriously, it was like I was wearing an invisibility cloak or something! And Greg was more like a cuttlefish using it’s abilities to blend in order to fit into several different crowds, yet avoid being preyed upon. It was pretty awesome! However, I did find him to be kind of a jerk sometimes (he is also extremely hard on himself which can sometimes be rather depressing), which I guess is okay. He calls himself much nastier things throughout the book. I do admit some of the jokes and comparisons he made may make some people uncomfortable, but I had little trouble with. (I admit a did flinch and think, “Did he really say or think that?” every now and again.) I also didn’t really realize it until the end how much Greg had developed as a character. He still held some of his childishness, but he in the end had grown.
Now, if you are looking for a book about romance or a super-happy ending this book is probably not for you. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has its funny moments, which is kind of weird all things considered, and the main character can be rather self-centered (and self-depreciating) at times. I did like the fact that he wasn’t a super-stud or somebody who was all like, “Oh, I am so ugly!” and than for whatever reason everybody is all like, “You are so handsome! OMG, I HEART YOU SO MUCH!” (Oh, perfect looking main characters I’m looking at you!) Which, in a way, I felt made the story seem more real.
So, in short, if you are looking for a book that, despite its depressing sounding synopsis, will make you smile with a twinge of sad; I would recommend giving the book a whirl and saying a loud hello to Greg, and Earl, and the Dying Girl!
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P.S. – I think that I should throwout there that Mr. McCarthy was awesome! TRUE FACT!