Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Genre: Genre Publisher: Harry N. Abrams Format: Format
Source: Source Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5 Stars) 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.
This is a great book. It’s funny. It’s a little sad. It’s realistic. And above all, it has this stream of conciousness kind of writing style that makes it feel like you intimately know the main character. In a way, I want to believe that Greg wrote this book under a pen name. He just feels like that real of a character.
The realism also encompases more than main character. This book just gets high school. The confusion, yet the cocky overconfidence and the way the four years fool you into thinking this is your life and high school is what you get. And the whole part where you have this stressful enviornment in which you have to get through stressful classes that mostly are just chosen for you and you care nothing about and will forget entirely in a few months, yet you still have to deal with all the other little tragedies in life.
And yet, somehow, this book is funny. It’s amazing.