Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Jesse Andrews

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
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Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Jesse Andrews

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time-when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers- making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.

Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl make her a movie, and Greg must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It’s a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.


Praise forMe and Earl and the Dying Girl

“One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.”
Booklist, starred review
“A frequently hysterical confessional…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.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“It is sure to be popular with many boys, including reluctant readers, and will not require much selling on the part of the librarian.”


To tell you the truth, I can’t for the life of me think of how to explain this book other than funny and quirky … annoying, right? But true. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a strange yet great book that is all about film making, trying to hide from yourself, and friendship.

Greg Gaines has mastered the act of being in every social group at school without really being in any group. No one hassles him as no one really knows where he belongs, which is exactly what Greg wants. But when Greg’s mum forces him to become friends again with a girl he knew from Hebrew school, he is none too pleased. I mean, just because she has cancer doesn’t mean he needs to be friends with her, does it?

So begins the awkward friendship between Rachel and Greg. Bring in Earl, his best friend whom he makes terrible movies with, and you have Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a funny, quirky story where making terrible movies doesn’t mean people won’t like them and just because someone has cancer doesn’t mean you have to like them.

Katherine Dretzke is from Readings Hawthorn

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