Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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 culy 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.

This book was extremely disappointing. I was looking forward to this after seeing the movie trailer and hearing so many people talk about how much they loved it. I’ve heard this book described as hilarious by so many people and I just didn’t get the humor at all. It was very dull and nothing much seemed to happen.

This book is written like Greg the main character is writing a school paper. I felt like the voice I was hearing in my head was some monotone kid reading this to me.

I am slightly confused about all the hype surrounding this book. Take my view on it as it is. Just know, this book will not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Although I didn’t find any real enjoyment in this book, I never felt like I had to put it down and that I couldn’t complete it. I gave it 2/5 stars for that reason alone.

I may or may not still see this movie.


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