Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Book - 2015
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It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he's figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg's mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg's entire life. Includes a discussion with Jesse Andrews and an annotated excerpt from the screenplay!
Publisher: New York, New York :, Amulet Books,, 2015.
Copyright Date: © 2012
ISBN: 9781419720130
Branch Call Number: Y FIC ANDR
Characteristics: 308 pages, 13 unnumbered pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Me & Earl & the dying girl


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JCLIanH Aug 13, 2018

A brilliant, ceaselessly hilarious book that perfectly captures what it's like to deal with capital S Serious issues (in this case, a friend with cancer) as a teenager. There's no syrupy sentimentality or big sweeping life lessons to be found here, but protagonist Greg Gaines is so well drawn and voiced that by the end of it all he has burrowed so deeply inside you that his messy feelings are your messy feelings and those messy feelings feel like an accurate representation of the human experience.

Jan 29, 2018

I recently saw the movie and loved it. Was led to believe in one of the side comments that the girl would live but alas not so. Loved the ending, a real teary one for me, with him going to the prom and you think it's the other girl is going with him. Maybe I should read the book.

Nov 17, 2017

I wish this story had been told from Earl's point of view instead of being from Greg's. While I know this would have changed the whole story because Earl didn't have much to do with Rachel, but when he did he really wanted to help her and wasn't just doing it because he had to. Having said that though I do feel like Greg's story was very realistic and was also very believable. Because of that though at times it made him an unlikable character a majority of the time.

Aug 03, 2017

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those books that you either love it or despise it. For me, it eventually got really boring and it's just not a novel that I was motivated to finish reading.

laurauk Apr 08, 2017

16+ Adult content and vulgarity. Teenager Greg Gaines is guilt-ed into spending time with Rachel, a girl dying from leukemia. Absurd (in a hilarious way) honest and non formulaic. A sarcastic response to The Fault in Our Stars!

0Charlie Mar 07, 2017

Unfortunately, the tone of the main character got a bit tiresome after a while. And, with the main character actually saying that there is no deeper meaning or message in this work, I was hard pressed to find a good reason for having read this work. I did like the fact that there is a comment at the end that this book would never be made into a movie since I picked up this work because I have seen the film advertised.

Feb 08, 2017

I found the snarky tone of the first-person narrative to be quite entertaining, but the profanity was too pervasive and definitely knocked down my review.

This is my own personal level of acceptance and I am well aware that it varies for other readers. I am intrigued enough to see the movie.

IanH_KCMO Sep 29, 2016

Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. I know that seems like a weird combination of feelings, but it makes thems the breaks when you have a book that gives you ALL THE FEELS.

Aug 13, 2016

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews, is a high school-themed uplifting, comedic, and touching book about Greg Gaines and Earl Jackson’s journey with their dying classmate, Rachel. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. It is insanely hilarious, yet inappropriate at the same time. Jesse Andrews did an amazing job of making the book relatable by adding in stereotypical (but often true) ideas about high school. The character development in the story is also well done; we learn the backstories of almost every character, and we get to connect with them later on in the book. The concept of a dying girl wasn’t funny itself; it was rather the events surrounding it. Greg, a socially awkward senior student, is nearly always embarrassed and regretful of anything he says or does. Greg and Earl don’t know how to deal with a dying girl, and frankly, I don’t think anybody does. Anyone who is ready to go on a riveting experience with an often guilt-ridden, confused, and bizarre teenager trying to make sense of an acquaintance's last days alive will enjoy this tragic, yet amusing, book.
- @_r.a_ of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I loved this book. It was funny, yet emotional and now holds a special place in my heart. I loved how realistic it was and how it was something you would expect to see in real life. It did not give me any false expectations for what the real world is like. This story reminded me of the Fault in Our Stars, however it just seemed more real and like and actual story - not a fiction one. Overall I feel it was a very well written novel and I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Rating : 4.5/5
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

A welcome edition into the new teen craze of sick-lit - AKA, usually offensive novels aimed towards teenagers that romanticize diseases, most commonly cancer - Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is absolutely hilarious. Following a teenage boy, Greg, who's mom forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl dying of leukemia, Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is unflinching at its realistic telling of how cancer affects and hurts those who have it, and those who know someone who has it. However, it is not an overtly sad book: Greg's commentary on his view of the world is irreverent and uproarious, and some of the situations he finds himself in fall straight into the category of cringe comedy. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is absolutely recommended for those who are tired of looking at the stars. Hint, hint.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Aug 10, 2016

Not only did this book have me doubling over laughing every other page, it really put a whole new perspective on the whole "girl dying" thing. It was very different, and I loved every moment of it.

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Jun 25, 2019

For Nala

Jun 29, 2016

“When you convert a good book to a film. stupid things happen”

Jun 29, 2016

I'm talking about sentences like this:

The cancer had taken her eyeballs, yet she saw the world with more clarity than ever before.

Barf. Forget it. For me personally, things are in no way more meaningful because I got to know Rachel before she died. If anything, things are less meaningful. All right?”

Jun 29, 2016

There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn't really hit you, and then when it does, that's when you feel like sh*t

Jun 29, 2016

"It's like when a kitten tries to bite something to death. The kitten clearly has the cold-blooded murderous instinct of a predator, but at the same time, it's this cute little kitten, and all you want to do is stuff it in a shoebox and shoot a video of it for grandmas to watch on YouTube.”


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Jun 23, 2016

Victoria Frankenstein and her best friend Owen Bloch have been working on reanimating animals in hope of good results for their high school science project. They’ve gone through several incarnations of Mr. Bubbles with no results. Then, one day, while Victoria was driving down the highway, Owen texted her the word “Eureka”. The universal code of scientists of a massive breakthrough. Victoria glanced at her phone for only two seconds, she hits a boy. Not just grazed, but killed. Not knowing what else to do, Victoria picked him off of the ground, put him in her car and drove him back to her house where she called Owen and they attempt to reanimate the boy. What a miracle! It works! Now all they have to do is get him to blend into life at High School. Everyone, this is; Adam Smith.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Smartass Greg Gaines has high school all figured out, to the point where he blends in seamlessly, A member of all groups and none. The only person approaching a real friend for Greg is Earl, the perpetually angry member of a large and dysfunctional family. Greg and Earl make bad films together in their spare time. But then, one day, Greg's mother tells him that Rachel Kushner, a former friend, has leukaemia and that he should call her -- and he does. This changes his entire life, although, as Greg himself is quick to point out, he really doesn't learn much of anything.


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Jan 30, 2016

Coarse Language: Unless you speak like this it is quite surprising

Jul 24, 2015

Coarse Language: You need to read this book as a teenage boy. Or be around teenagers - most of them speak this way (if not worse).

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