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

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

by Jesse Andrews

A standalone YA novel

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


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.

more like 1.5 stars..

I don’t honestly know what to say about this book. I was so ready to throw it in the trash if not for the last 10 chapters.

To elaborate, the language was seriously disgusting. I don’t know who enjoys that kind of talk. But I tolerated it. Then the 30 chapters were direction-less. The story really is in the last 10 chapters. That was it all for me. The progress took a little too much time.

I admired Earl’s character a little tiny bit toward the end. He seemed more mannered than Greg especially when he faced Greg with what he’s doing to Rachel. I don’t mind flawed characters, but Greg was really flawed. Like you’re going to struggle with “do I like this guy or not?” and the answer would mostly be negative.

To recap, the last bit was the best. It’s where I felt the book more humanly relatable than the rest of it. The rest was just weird!


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