- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: FBAPowerSetup (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419701762
- ISBN-13: 978-1419701764
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Me & Earl & the Dying Girl Hardcover – 2012
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He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University. He currently makes his home in Boston, MA.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It shows that you can have a cancer book and still make it funny.Published 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
My full review can be found on my blog, Reader Rayna, as well as my Goodreads.
I'm feeling particularly neutral about this book. Some loved it, others didn't. Read more
This book man. I couldn't put it down. I am the type of person that it takes months sometimes to get through a book and this took me a few days. Read morePublished 1 day ago
this book was so funny and so real. even though I do enjoy the movie a tiny bit better just bc I love earl's character throughout the movie but the book is so great and I highly... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I starting reading the book and struggled with the writing style. However, after finishing, I realized that this book stepped out of the cliche and presented a realistic view of... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brian C Hurley
Really enjoyed this a lot. The narrator's voice is very authentic teen boy and the humor was unexpected given the heavy nature of the subject. I laughed out loud many times. Read morePublished 5 days ago by MomReaderShopperNJ
Great book. Loved the character development and the narrative. The typical cynical humor of a teenager is well reflected in the hero (antihero), yet preserving the warmth and the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Felipe Ibarra
I re read this book in preparation for the movie that came out recently and somehow it got better the second time round! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Elizabeth lindner- craig
This book is hilarious. And some of the really describes how high school works.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer