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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Book Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Author: Jesse Andrews
Pages: 295
Release Date: March 1, 2012
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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.

Rating: 3

Review: This was the funniest book I've read in a long time. From the very beginning it is funny to the very end.

Some cancer books are sad and make you bawl your eyes out like The Fault in Our Stars but this is not one of those books. This book does not make you think hard about life or how you can learn so much from sick people with cancer. The only thing this book makes you realize is that it is true that high school sucks. I'm glad my high school does not have cliques like in the book but high school is a big mess of confusion.

Greg's mom makes him befriend Rachael who is sick with Leukemia. Greg thinks the whole time that she is dying which was true but Rachael wouldn't accept that she was dying until the very end.

It's hard to describe this book. It's hard to say what it was besides funny. It's nice to read books that really make you think but this book would not be the same if it was all deep. I think this book really reflects how average teenagers act. Average teenagers do swear a lot and they don't care about school very much and they don't usually think very hard about life. 

This is a hard book to put into words. There isn't a lot to say. It was a simple read with a relatively simple story about finding your place in high school. 

I do recommend it and you can determine how you feel about it when you read it. I cannot give it high acclaim but it is a book that high schoolers can understand and relate to.



  1. I've seen a lot people around the blogosphere enjoy this book. I guess I'll definitely have to pick this one up! Great review.:)