Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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JCLIanH Aug 13, 2018

A brilliant, ceaselessly hilarious book that perfectly captures what it's like to deal with capital S Serious issues (in this case, a friend with cancer) as a teenager. There's no syrupy sentimentality or big sweeping life lessons to be found here, but protagonist Greg Gaines is so well drawn and voiced that by the end of it all he has burrowed so deeply inside you that his messy feelings are your messy feelings and those messy feelings feel like an accurate representation of the human experience.

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constantine14
Jan 29, 2018

I recently saw the movie and loved it. Was led to believe in one of the side comments that the girl would live but alas not so. Loved the ending, a real teary one for me, with him going to the prom and you think it's the other girl is going with him. Maybe I should read the book.

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ReaderErin
Nov 17, 2017

I wish this story had been told from Earl's point of view instead of being from Greg's. While I know this would have changed the whole story because Earl didn't have much to do with Rachel, but when he did he really wanted to help her and wasn't just doing it because he had to. Having said that though I do feel like Greg's story was very realistic and was also very believable. Because of that though at times it made him an unlikable character a majority of the time.

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Abigail_1
Aug 03, 2017

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those books that you either love it or despise it. For me, it eventually got really boring and it's just not a novel that I was motivated to finish reading.

laurauk Apr 08, 2017

16+ Adult content and vulgarity. Teenager Greg Gaines is guilt-ed into spending time with Rachel, a girl dying from leukemia. Absurd (in a hilarious way) honest and non formulaic. A sarcastic response to The Fault in Our Stars!

0Charlie Mar 07, 2017

Unfortunately, the tone of the main character got a bit tiresome after a while. And, with the main character actually saying that there is no deeper meaning or message in this work, I was hard pressed to find a good reason for having read this work. I did like the fact that there is a comment at the end that this book would never be made into a movie since I picked up this work because I have seen the film advertised.

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darladoodles
Feb 08, 2017

I found the snarky tone of the first-person narrative to be quite entertaining, but the profanity was too pervasive and definitely knocked down my review.

This is my own personal level of acceptance and I am well aware that it varies for other readers. I am intrigued enough to see the movie.

IanH_KCMO Sep 29, 2016

Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. I know that seems like a weird combination of feelings, but it makes thems the breaks when you have a book that gives you ALL THE FEELS.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2016

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews, is a high school-themed uplifting, comedic, and touching book about Greg Gaines and Earl Jackson’s journey with their dying classmate, Rachel. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is insanely hilarious, yet inappropriate at the same time. Jesse Andrews did an amazing job of making the book relatable by adding in stereotypical (but often true) ideas about high school. The character development in the story is also well done; we learn the backstories of almost every character, and we get to connect with them later on in the book. The concept of a dying girl wasn’t funny itself; it was rather the events surrounding it. Greg, a socially awkward senior student, is nearly always embarrassed and regretful of anything he says or does. Greg and Earl don’t know how to deal with a dying girl, and frankly, I don’t think anybody does. Anyone who is ready to go on a riveting experience with an often guilt-ridden, confused, and bizarre teenager trying to make sense of an acquaintance's last days alive will enjoy this tragic, yet amusing, book.
- @_r.a_ of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I loved this book. It was funny, yet emotional and now holds a special place in my heart. I loved how realistic it was and how it was something you would expect to see in real life. It did not give me any false expectations for what the real world is like. This story reminded me of the Fault in Our Stars, however it just seemed more real and like and actual story - not a fiction one. Overall I feel it was a very well written novel and I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Rating : 4.5/5
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

A welcome edition into the new teen craze of sick-lit - AKA, usually offensive novels aimed towards teenagers that romanticize diseases, most commonly cancer - Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is absolutely hilarious. Following a teenage boy, Greg, who's mom forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl dying of leukemia, Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is unflinching at its realistic telling of how cancer affects and hurts those who have it, and those who know someone who has it. However, it is not an overtly sad book: Greg's commentary on his view of the world is irreverent and uproarious, and some of the situations he finds himself in fall straight into the category of cringe comedy. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is absolutely recommended for those who are tired of looking at the stars. Hint, hint.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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icchank
Aug 10, 2016

Not only did this book have me doubling over laughing every other page, it really put a whole new perspective on the whole "girl dying" thing. It was very different, and I loved every moment of it.

kisanet18 Aug 04, 2016

This book was HILARIOUS. I was cracking up laughing literally every other page or so. I loved the characters, I loved the unique formatting (there were lists and screenplay excerpts and the way the main character addressed the reader--it was very different, and very cool) and again, I LOVED the humor!

JCLBeckyC Jul 07, 2016

Everyone unfairly compares this book to The Fault In Our Stars, which is a good book but formulaic and unbelievable in parts (I'm looking at you, Van Houten), but not nearly as good as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which felt less like reading a book and more like entering inside the mind of the funny, awkward, self-critical, charming, completely believable main character, Greg.

This book is funny. Cancer is not funny. Young girls dying of cancer is especially not funny. Life is too short and too many people suffer unfairly and there's nothing that those of us who survive can do about it except be real and open and honest about it. And, if you're a funny guy, that includes getting us to laugh. This book is about what happens when a funny guy who has never experienced death up-close faces it fully. That sounds like a major downer, a major suck-fest. But it's not. The only thing that sucks about this book is the way that Greg sucks us in from page one. Highly recommended for teens and adults.

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frannie_26
Jul 06, 2016

I love this story; it is creative and witty. Though many may compare it to "The Fault in Our Stars", by John Green, it is very original and made my passion to become a film director even greater.

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

I found this book to be very realistic and funny. Andrews addresses the heavy issues within the book with a casual nature. It does not contain paragraphs ranting about "the meaning of life" and such but it subtly addresses the topics through the light of a teenager and gets the message through.Greg does not have a close relationship with many people but when his mom makes him befriend Racheal, who was diagnosed with leukemia, his character development is interesting to read. The book is an entertaining book which people can relate to. It's a wonderful story filled with friendship, realization, and lost.

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modestgoddess
Jun 25, 2016

On the way through, I enjoyed reading this book, but come the end I was a bit disenchanted/frustrated. Seems it was largely about style... There was some growth in the characters but I felt it was a bit thin. Still - I'd recommend it. Definitely fun to read. Waiting to borrow the DVD.

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Alyxwrites
May 27, 2016

This book caught my interest due to the unique cover, it was added to my list. Then, the movie was coming out and I like to read books before seeing the movie, if I know beforehand it’s a book. But I never saw the movie and still haven’t. I heard it’s good which hasn’t done much for me as I didn’t really like the book. It was disappointing. I understood the point which was fine but it’s just not my kind of book I guess. I think it’s one of those either you like it or you don’t...
Copy and paste the link for a full review of this novel.

https://alyxwrites.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/me-and-earl-and-the-dying-girl-review/

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green_cat_5492
Apr 16, 2016

I love this book soo much.. it made me cry.

CMLibrary_kmullis Mar 03, 2016

Although it bears obligatory comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars, this novel deserves to be brought out of its shadow. Cancer isn't supposed to be funny, but the main character's outlook on life, death, and high school allows readers more than enough comedic relief to handle the dark matter in the book. Both this novel and its excellent movie adaption are highly recommended.

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LilyShieldss
Jan 30, 2016

Me earl and the dying girl was a darkly funny this-is-not-a-romance book which I really liked.👍

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KMJ_
Jan 23, 2016

Greg is trying to be invisible in high school when his mother makes him befriend Rachel, who has recently been diagnosed with leukemia. At first Rachel is amused by Greg and his only friend, Earl. As she gets sicker and sicker, Greg seems frustrated that Rachel no longer laughs at his ramblings. It's never really clear why Earl is friends with the whiny and selfish Greg, or why everyone is worried about Greg when Earl's life is much worse. The ending of this book is anti-climactic, especially after we find out who Greg has been writing this book for.

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Blue_Crow_2
Jan 11, 2016

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl is funny (well, as funny as a book on this tpopic can be), cleverly written, and realistic.

It begins stating that there will be no deep/profound paragraphs on the meaning of life, and there actually weren't. But the novel accurately portrays exactly how (I believe) it would feel to have someone in your life lose to cancer, especially when that someone is only an acquaintance.

I finished the book in one day (it's short and captivating). Earl was my favorite character, keep an eye out for him! All of the characters were complete, well-developed, and realistic. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl portrays a common real-life situation in a natural light; it makes you reflect without depressing you by keeping its writing casual and humorous. The novel is a major eye-opener, and I would recommend it for those that want a milder version of The Fault in Our Stars.
*Calling it a milder version of TFIOS makes it sound not as good as TFIOS, but that isn't necessarily true. The books are just different because they focus on different things. TFIOS goes more in depth and focuses more on being a cancer patient, while Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl focuses more on what it's like to have someone whom you didn't even know well disappear so quickly. It's about not knowing the person well, and that s/he didn't get to lead a great or meaningful life; I would say that's the whole point.

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ashanthifrancis
Dec 29, 2015

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews puts an alternative twist on a classic plotline. This “not-a-romance-novel” story has faced many criticisms that compare it to novels such as John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and many other young adult novels. However, this book seems to stand apart from the rest with its self-deprecating humour and unusual twists. The novel stars Greg, an awkward high school senior notorious for associating with every social subgroup of his school rather than being attached to only one to avoid trouble. Him and his “co-worker” turned best friend Earl are fascinated with movies and spend their time making parodies of classic films. But when his mother forces him to visit a distant childhood acquaintance who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, an unlikely friendship between the three teens forms resulting in a beautiful story of friendship, loss, and love (even if it’s not the romantic kind). It teaches lessons about standing out when used to fitting in and learning how to deal with grief. This book is quite different to many of the young adult novels on the shelves currently. The protagonists and events of the story are out of the ordinary and oddly charming. Author Jesse Andrews uses a quirky narrator to tell a beautiful tale of finding yourself through someone else, even if it’s not exactly what you expected. I would recommend this to anyone wanting an easy to follow novel that will make you laugh out loud, cry, and stop to reread scenes over and over again.

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pianogurl87
Oct 20, 2015

This book made me laugh for no real reason. Some of the commentary was hilarious and yes I did look up that obscure movie title (their first movie the boys watched together) and watch the trailer. Haha fun stuff. I really liked some of the quirky passages and made notes about them for future reference.

xmellifluous Oct 15, 2015

It's such a great book!!! It's interesting how the main character is also talking about the reader. It made me feel I was part of it. #readit

samdog123 Oct 06, 2015

Meet Greg Gaines, a 17 year old quietly coasting through high school by not belonging to any clique, but seeming to belong to them all so he escapes under the radar. A totally self-absorbed teenager, he's engrossed in his life and his own interests. Until...his Mother asks him to befriend Rachel, an acquaintance who's just been diagnosed with leukemia. But this throws a spoke in Greg's life....interesting characters, Greg and Earl make for unlikely friends and Rachel is an underlying character throughout. Good representation of teens, but there is some course language.


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