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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A Novel
Andrews, Jesse (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Authors: Andrews, Jesse
Title: Me and Earl and the dying girl
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Amulet Books,, 2012
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jesse Andrews
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
ISBN: 9781419701764
Branch Call Number: y ANDREWS 2012
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Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am a sucker for books narrated by self-deprecating wiseasses, and let me commend Jesse Andrews for hitting the self deprecating wiseass narrative voice clean out of the park. Greg is so hilarious that it's painful. I also loved that it was a teenage-girl-gets-leukaemia book that was not in any way saccharine, or even particularly depressing, which is amazingly difficult to pull off. The book was touching, honest and heartfelt, without being sappy at all. My one quibble would be the wiseness of Earl -- like, of course the African American kid with the hard home life is a source of down to earth wisdom for the nerdy white boy -- but Earl was a great character so I'm willing to accept it.

Report This Feb 08, 2013
  • sit_walk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hilarious, profane, and a spot-on depiction of teenage outsider-ness... which I can say as a former teenage outsider. :)

‘Me and Early and the Dying Girl’ was written by Jesse Andrews and originally published in March 2012 by Harry N. Adams. The story is told by Greg Gaines a teenage boy in his senior year of high school. He prides himself on blending into each group/clique at school and basically being invisible in school. He might be friendly with everyone, but his only friend is Earl with whom he makes and remakes movies. When a school mate, Rachel is diagnosed with leukemia Greg’s mother essentially forces him to become friends with her. Greg abandons his invisibility to befriend Rachel and strives to make her laugh. While undergoing her chemotherapy Earl lends their movies to Rachel so that she has something to do. When she finally abandons her treatments Greg and Earl decide to make a movie dedicated to Rachel to get her through this tough time. It quickly becomes the worst movie that they have ever made however they learn about themselves from making this movie. Going into this book I thought it would be similar to John Greene’s ‘The Fault in our Stars’ which I had recently finished and loved. From the get go you realize that these books have little in common besides both being about cancer. This book is very unique first of all it is hilarious! Greg is a very self-deprecating character. It was cool that the story is told in first person narrative and I liked that Greg actually talks to the reader like asking them why they are still reading and being surprised if anyone would actually be able to finish the entire book. There were instances in the book when I would actually burst out laughing. I’m pretty sure I looked weird on the bus during my commute as I chuckle and try to hide my laughs from this book. Especially if people see the title; they were probably thinking why is this girl laughing about a dying girl?? I couldn’t believe that there could be so many jokes about pillows, and how can accidentally getting high not be hilarious? I also really liked that the story is told in different formats first person narrative, screenplays, lists, bullet points. It really made the story which is already fast paced really fly by. The book is also short so someone could easily finish it in a sitting or day. I enjoyed the normality of the characters. They seemed like they were people you could actually find at the local high school and all the groups he describes seem very familiar from my time in school. The story might have had cancer in it, but it really wasn’t the focal point of the story. It was more about the relationships between the characters. The story and the characters are awkward and I loved them for it. One more thing I really liked the way that the cover was designed. I love the bright colors and how you can see the main characters, and how it ties into the chapter heads. So needless to say I really enjoyed this story. I would definitely recommend this to friends in the future. Check out my blog for more book reviews it's pretty awesome!!http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/

Report This Jul 13, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Filled with fun, raunchy humour and believable characters, this book is a glimpse into a genuine teen boy's mind faced with circumstances beyond his control. As Greg states specifically, there's no larger meaning to the story; this plays an impact on the potential longevity of the book, but doesn't detract from its quirky originality.

Report This Jun 02, 2012
  • fillups rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A really funny book. Greg, the narrator, has only one friend, Earl. They play video games and make bad "art" movies for no one but themselves until Greg's mother forces him to befriend Rachel, who has leukemia. Finally he makes a movie for someone besides himself when he makes a film about her. Interesting to compare to John Green's book, The Fault in Our Stars. Really worth checking out!

Report This Mar 05, 2012
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This teen novel is written in the voice of Greg Gaines, Jewish, 17, a senior in high school in Pittsburgh. Greg has worked hard to stay under the radar, aligning himself with none of the different groups at school and generally passing through without fully engaging. He is the typical teenage boy who is worried about what others think of him, wants to not get beaten up or publicly embarrassed, is drawn to girls but unaware of how to engage in conversation with him. His best friend is Earl, a boy with a severely dysfunctional home life. The two of them eat lunch together in the office of one of the teachers, and spend a lot of time together at Greg's house watching movies, making movies and just hanging out. When a girl that Greg was friends with when he was in sixth grade is diagnosed with leukemia, Greg's mom thinks it would be good if he renewed the friendship and spent some time with her. Greg struggles with this, not sure how to go about and ends up using weird humour riffs to entertain Rachel. The book is written with a very strong "this is what is going on in my head" streaming style, and go back and forth between regular text and script style. Greg and Earl made films for fun because of their own fascination for certain movies. The films definitely play a role here. Greg is struggling through the high school years, unsure about how to relate to the people around him, and that really comes through here. Can't say for sure since I haven't been one, but I get the sense that this book would really appeal to high school boys. But the appeal goes beyond that because of the growth in Greg and the issues he is dealing with.


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Report This Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Smartass Greg Gaines has high school all figured out, to the point where he blends in seamlessly, A member of all groups and none. The only person approaching a real friend for Greg is Earl, the perpetually angry member of a large and dysfunctional family. Greg and Earl make bad films together in their spare time. But then, one day, Greg's mother tells him that Rachel Kushner, a former friend, has leukaemia and that he should call her -- and he does. This changes his entire life, although, as Greg himself is quick to point out, he really doesn't learn much of anything.

Greg's secret to high school survival: keep a low profile. When his mom forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia, flying under the radar goes embarrassingly wrong.


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