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Me & Earl & the Dying Girl Hardcover – 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FBAPowersetup (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419701762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419701764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you laugh out loud at jokes made in inappropriate situations, this book is for you!
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I get that people deal with things in different ways, but celebrating a story for it's lack of emotional response to a situation such as cancer is just too much.
James Agee
Sometimes it's hard to relate to him, but I still really liked him as a character and reading his story.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By YA book lover on March 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" was my second "cancer book" in as many months. Although both Jesse Andrews and John Green had the same intention - to write a story about cancer that was different from those other tearjerky novels, in my eyes, Andrews was much more successful at stepping away from melodrama and cliches of the genre than Green. Of course, Andrews does not (yet) have a publicity platform of Green's magnitude to promote his novel, so I am glad to be able to help him out a little, because, from my perspective, "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is a better, more honest, more real book than "The Fault in Our Stars."

It is better mainly because it does not try to force you into feeling all the obvious things we are expected to feel reading stories about young, terminally ill characters. There is a certain compulsion to idealize cancer kids, lives ending so tragically early and all that. It is also pretty common to practically guilt you into feeling sorry for their specific predicament. But I like that Andrews allows his characters, even his hero, to be resentful and maybe indifferent towards or burdened by the illness, that his cancer-stricken patient is not an ever-so-wise, heroic saint, that there are maybe no life lessons to learn from such personal tragedies. Maybe having a dying girl in your life is just an event that will affect you in a major way, or maybe it will not and that would be okay, too.

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is not all about cancer though, in fact, the dying girl subplot plays only a relatively small part in Greg's story. It is more about Greg defining himself, stopping to play so safe, about bringing a little more focus onto his future and about understanding of who he is.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aeicha @ Word Spelunking on February 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jesse Andrews' Me and Earl and the Dying Girl took me by surprise with its ability to make me laugh, infuriate me and have me on the verge of tears, often in the span of a single page.

Seventeen year Greg Gaines has somehow accomplished the seemingly impossible- made it to his senior year of high school maintaining a "friendly" acquaintanceship with every group/clique in his school without truly belonging to any of them. Greg and his only real friend, Earl, make their own movies but don't share them with anyone else...until Rachel happens. Greg and Rachel were friends when they were younger but haven't spoken in years, but after Rachel is diagnosed with leukemia Greg's mother insists he hang out with her. And somewhere along the way Greg and Earl are roped into making a film for dying Rachel, and Greg's comfortable invisibility vanishes forever.

Moving and poignant in entirely unexpected ways, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is brash, profane, funny, relentlessly honest and at times almost hard to take, but in the best way possible. This isn't your clichéd sappy, profound YA "cancer" book full of true love or life affirming moments...so if that's the kind of story you're looking for then this book probably isn't for you.

The writing style in this book is to the point, unique and quite addicting. I read this book in one sitting, simply unable to put it down and the Greg's story has continued to stick with me. Andrews offers readers a coming of age story that is heartbreaking and intense, but also easy and okay to laugh with and even at. With a pitch perfect voice, tone and dialogue this book feels and sounds authentic.

Greg Gaines is not always an easy character to like, nor do I think he is supposed to be, but he is always easy to relate to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By YA Litwit on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I know this is a rather bold statement to be making with so much of the year left, but this is my Beauty Queens of 2012. What I mean is that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will top my 2012 list of "Funniest Books of the Year". I have never laughed so hard while reading a book as I did while reading this one. In fact, I'm going to be even more bold and say that this is quite possibly the funniest book I have EVER read. You may find this statement odd, given the fact that this book is about two guys and their friend, who is dying of cancer, but this book is not about cancer; cancer is more like a supporting character... This book is actually about the main character, Greg, and the changes he goes through during his senior year. Yes, Rachel's cancer plays a role in shaping who Greg and Earl become over the course of the book, but in the end, it plays a rather small role.

I had a lots of reasons to love this book, and I really can't think of anything I didn't like about it. That said, I should give a disclaimer: I am an adult, and am not easily offended by profanity, objectification of women and their parts, or crude conversation (in fact, I tend to have a rather crass sense of humor, and often find these things amusing). This book contains all these things and more; it is a true depiction of how a 17 year old boy thinks and talks, and there are people who might find that offensive. If you are one of those people, you might as well skip this book. Now I can get to what I loved...

>This book is written as a stream of consciousness. It's written from the POV of Greg, and it is written as he thinks about and experience. Since, as you may have noticed, I write in much the same way, I like reading things written this way as well.
Did I mention this book was funny?
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