I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Movie Tie-in Edition) by Jesse Andrews
Also by this author: The Haters
Published by Abrams on May 26th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Humorous Stories, Social Issues, Friendship, Death & Dying
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The book that inspired the hit film! Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Sundance Grand Jury Prize This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life. Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling "a touchstone for its generation" and "an instant classic."
Includes a discussion with Jesse Andrews and an annotated excerpt from the screenplay!
STARRED REVIEW “One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.” –Booklist, starred review
STARRED REVIEW “Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review
New York Times bestseller!
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For a book with a dying girl, Me and Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews serves up laugh after laugh after laugh. I have a very crass, low brow sense of humor and loved the shit out of Greg Gaines’ profanity-laced narration of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.
Greg Gaines does not really have a clique, instead Greg floats from group to group and is friends with everyone on a superficial level. He has one good friend — Earl– whom he makes terrible moves with and who has introduced Greg to video games. When great finds out that a former lady friend is dying of leukemia, Rachel, the dying girl, he rekindles an old friendship and teams with Earl to make a film for Rachel.
There are no saccharine life lessons in Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. Greg is never stricken with IMPORTANT REVELATORY KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM. Thank goodness. I feel that if Greg had some miraculous personality transformation, it would not have been true to the book or it’s characters, especially as Greg states upfront in the beginning of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl not to expect miracles or lessons. I love that Andrews delivers on this promise.
Also, Jesse Andrews’ writing style is something I NEED to mention. It is very blunt. There are swears and boobs. Prudes need not apply. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is told in first person. Greg’s voice sounds exactly like a male teenager, not like the male that girl readers will crush over, but like actual males that I know in real life – faults and all. I loved the honesty with which Jesse Andrews writes. If you don’t want your characters sanitized, but want characters who are absolutely true to the story, you need to read Me And Earl And The Dying Girl.
Straight up, I think Me And Earl And The Dying Girl will work for those kids who say they hate books. Seriously, it is hysterical. There are naughty things like swearing. Parts are broken up as script. It is not particularly hard to read. Not to mention male point of view, which hey should appeal to boys because Greg’s primary function is not to be Captain Swoony-face. Further, Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is not written down to teens, but rather meets teens on their level — and to me, at the ripe old age of 24, sounds exactly how the teens I know sound.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
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