Me, Earl and the Dying Girl - Jesse Andrews | Book Review

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Pages: 295 paperback
Publication date: March 1st, 2012
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
How I got the copy: Bought
Rating: 2 out of 5


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.

I. don't. get. the. hype.

Hilarious? this is not. The humour in this book I would have to say is for a toddler.. To laugh out loud about barf in a high school cafe? I can tell you 100% teenage girl would not laugh about that. I should know, being a girl and once a teenager. I have not seen or ever met a teenager who would laugh at something so stupid at such age actually. "alien barf for lunch"... did you laugh? 

When the author kept telling me while reading this book that I must have a brain fungus for actually reading this book, I didn't believe that the book would actually be targeted to people who had brain fungus... I hate to be saying negative things about a book but I still don't get it. Why?? What was the point of this book. 

There wasn't enough character development or any connection made to Rachel, the dying girl that when she died it didn't really matter. I get this book was about Greg and his life with Earl and the dying girl. Earl's brothers annoyed the F out of me, hows a family so violent? 

This is a book about Greg telling the reader about bits of his life. Earl is mentioned and so is the dying girl, Rachel. 

The one thing I did enjoy was the script dialogue, that was fun.

2 out of 5 stars. The humour was flat.


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