Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: Book review

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Publisher/Year: April 1st 2012 Allen & Unwin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Series: No
Pages: 295
Source/Format: Paperback | Bought
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

*This review may contain spoilers!*

Synopsis

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 cult 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.

My review

I bought this book for 3 reasons mainly: the film was coming out REALLY soon, and I had heard great things about this book for years, and I really liked the cover.

I was a bit wary at the beginning as I originally found Greg to be quite pretentious and I didn't know if I could read a whole book about him, but that opinion went away quickly and I found myself laughing out loud at this book so much.

I haven't ever read a book like this before, and I loved that about it. Although it wasn't the most mind-blowing of stories, it still surprised me and I was definitely never bored.

One of my favourite things about this book was the unique format of this book, with the screenplays and the lists, and also how Greg addressed the reader directly, which helped to make this book HILARIOUS.

There's not much of a story in this book, but that didn't bother me at all. The humour made up for it 100% in my eyes, and in this case it was actually quite nice.

This book was great, and I just hope the film lives up to my now quite high expectations. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys humour in their books.

Izzy

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