Friday, February 22, 2013

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

I was really hesitant to read this book.  Fault in Our Stars by John Green really, really, really traumatized me.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved that book, it was beautifully written but man, did it leave a scar on my heart.  I just wasn’t ready for another book about a dying teenager, and clearly there is going to be a dead girl somewhere in this book, it’s in the freaking the title.  But I read many, many reviews that assured that this was not a sad, depressing book – so I jumped in…

And it’s not, well a little, but not in the emotionally scarring kinda way.  Here’s the thing, this book is funny, I mean really funny.  The narrator, in my mind, is Jonah Hill in Superbad (with the vocabulary to match.)  If bad language is a deal breaker…don’t read this book.  He is self-effacing and quirky and full of self loathing…and I love him…and here’s why:
“Jesus Christ in a cockwagon.  At the beginning of this sentence, my Feeling like a Dick Quotient was at a solid 4.0, which is normal.  By about the word “excuse,” it was all the way up to a 9.4.  By the end I was easily maxed out at a 10.0.  Actually, I may have broken the scale.” Greg Gaines

Book Description via

Publication Date: March 1, 2012

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.

Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl make her a movie, and Greg must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It’s a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.

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