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.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler art by Maira Kalman

Min is giving Ed all of their memories back and she’s writing this note to him with it. This is why they broke up.

This book has been sitting on my shelf for ages! I was super excited about it when I got it, but after a few of my friends read it and weren’t too thrilled, I’d lost interest. As I’m trying to read through all the books that have been on my TBR for way too long, this one came up. So read it I did.

The format of this book was very strange and I didn’t feel like it flowed very well. Min’s interests were just, not interesting. The whole book you know this relationship isn’t going to work out because, obviously, they break up.

I did love her friendship with Al. I liked that they talked about sex like maybe it isn’t this thing that’s so holy and is only to be had with one person.

Overall this book was just okay. At times I was enjoying it and interested and at others I just want to be done with it.

I gave Why We Broke Up 3/5 stars.

I would recommend this to middle school readers.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

The synopsis for this book starts out with “So wrong for each other… and yet so right.” This immediately made me think this was about to be the cheesiest book I’d ever read, which I was ready. Echo has gone from the popular girl to a freak with scars, but she can’t seem to remember the night she got them. Noah, bad boy with commitment issues, is trying to get his family back together after the night of his parents tragic death. The two can’t seem to resist each other, and a troubling love story ensues.

When I started this book I really did expect it to be cheesy. As Katie was setting up the plot in the beginning it seemed like it might be directed at a much younger audience than me at 18. I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this. I was pleasantly surprised. Once I got about a fourth of the way through this, I could not put it down. I was so intrigued about what happened to Echo on the night she got her scars, and I needed to know how Noah was going to get his brothers back. This book seemed pretty fast paced for how long it is (almost 400 pages). The relationship was definitely a cliche bad-boy and good-girl shouldn’t be together but they can’t seem to resist it. It would still appeal to younger readers (14-17) than I am but I did enjoy it. The story is more than just the relationship but if this cliche bothers you, this book might not be for you.

I would recommend this to young teens who love contemporary or the concept of solving a mystery.

I gave Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry 5/5 stars. It was exactly what I needed to get back into YA contemporary.