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