Book Review | Me, Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Published: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Amulet Paperbacks
Source: Purchased

Summary: 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 [x].

Review: I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it. I felt no attachment to this book whatsoever. If you go through Goodreads it has mixed opinions. There are those like me who didn’t particularly hate it but it wasn’t for them. Then there are others who absolutely loved it.

I found the characters fell a bit flat. As I said above I felt not attachment. There was nothing about these characters that I had a connection with.

I did however like the different style the book was written in with the insertion of script and bullet points. I like when books do that. It gives the eyes something different to look at in comparison to blocks of text (That’s probably why I enjoyed House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski so much).

I don’t have much to say. It seemed like it was trying to jump on the bandwagon of the The Fault in Our Stars (although they came out within in 3 months of each other s I doubt that intention). People like to read about sad things. This however elicited no emotion from me except maybe a laugh or two.

Rating: 2.5/5 stars!

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