Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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.

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I was not sure what to expect from this book, as I had heard pretty mixed things about it. I ended up really enjoying it.

I really liked how the book was about something really dark, but still managed to retain it’s lightheartedness. The main character had a distinct voice that made the narrative really interesting. While he cannot be regarded as a clever or canny person, his view of things makes the book really enjoyable.

There is a lot of humor in this book which not everyone would enjoy. There are a lot of jokes which are sexual and also jokes that may come off as offensive. I don’t always enjoy such joked, but in this book, they only added to the uniqueness.

Overall, there were aspects that I didn’t like, but I really enjoyed most of the book.

Rating:4/5.

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