Thursday, January 9, 2014

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Novellas/Pre-squeals: No
Series: Don’t believe so
Published by: Amulet Books
Genre: Contemporary, Humor, Young Adult
Pages: 295
Source: paperback- bought
Rating: ✬✬✬

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.
This defineltly wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read. Yes, there were times the book was funny, but I found it lacking organization. I know the main character was “writing” the story, but I still feel like as an actually story it should have been more put together. I do love the humor of the whole thing. Greg had a very interesting voice to him.
However, Greg and Earl where very annoying. Greg, to me, whined and complained way too much. More than most guys would. If I knew him in real life, I doubt I’d be friends with him. Earl’s speech drove me nuts. I had to keep re-reading it to make sense of it. I also didn’t find an easy message to the story.
Overall, I think it’s a fun light read. It’s not bad, but it could have been improved upon. I would still recommend it to anyone because everyone has a different opinion! (:

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