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Me & Earl & the Dying Girl Hardcover – 2012
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From Kirkus Reviews
A frequently hysterical confessional from a teen narrator who won't be able to convince readers he's as unlikable as he wants them to believe.
"I have no idea how to write this stupid book," narrator Greg begins. Without answering the obvious question—just why is he writing" this stupid book"?—Greg lets readers in on plenty else. His filmmaking ambitions. His unlikely friendship with the unfortunately short, chain-smoking, foulmouthed, African-American Earl of the title. And his unlikelier friendship with Rachel, the titular "dying girl." Punctuating his aggressively self-hating account with film scripts and digressions, he chronicles his senior year, in which his mother guilt-trips him into hanging out with Rachel, who has acute myelogenous leukemia. Almost professionally socially awkward, Greg navigates his unwanted relationship with Rachel by showing her the films he's made with Earl, an oeuvre begun in fifth grade with their remake of Aguirre, Wrath of God. Greg's uber-snarky narration is self-conscious in the extreme, resulting in lines like, "This entire paragraph is a moron." Debut novelist Andrews succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a kid whose responses to emotional duress are entirely believable and sympathetic, however fiercely he professes his essential crappiness as a human being.
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. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Jesse Andrews is a writer, musician, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, which is almost as good as Pittsburgh. This is his first novel. Visit him online at www.jesseandrews.com. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has gotten good to mixed reviews on Goodreads, so I thought I would also enjoy the book, especially because it has been compared a little to The Fault in Our Stars, which I am a big fan of, but after actually reading the book myself, I am experiencing mixed emotions.
In my opinion, the overall story is a little messed up and the main character, Greg, makes it ten times worse. I can officially say that Greg S. Gains is my least favorite character in a book. He is an insensitive jackass who really only cares about himself. He can't even get out of his head long enough to truly be affected by what is going on with Rachel and how serious her situation is. I know he was kind of forced into but he could at least show some compassion. By the end of the novel he starts to show some emotion and realize that someone is dying, but by then it's too late for him and for me to believe him. He is also socially awkward, which made the book awkward and hard to like, which makes perfect sense because the book is told from his perspective.
The one ray of sunshine in this book is Earl. Although the portrayal of Earl and his family is a bit too stereotypical for my liking, Earl really redeems himself by being smart, sensitive, and able to put Greg in his place. Even though Earl is a byproduct of his environment, he tries to not play into the "urban" stereotype all the time and I appreciate that.
Even though this has been compared to TFIOS, I knew it would be nothing like it. I wasn't expecting a love story but at the same time I was expecting some heart and I just didn't feel that.
This film has been adapted into a film that got rave reviews at Sundance Film Festival and it opens this Friday! I'm going to see it tonight(6/11)! Wish me luck!
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