Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2012
Description: 295 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781419701764
1419701762
9781419705328
9781419719608
Branch Call Number: TEEN Andr

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 30, 2020

This book is hilariously tragic. Imagine the Fault In Our Stars but comedic. The story is about a fat teenager named Greg, a gangster named Earl, and a cancer patient named Rachel. Greg and Earl would prefer to spend their time making homemade movies, but when Greg’s mom hears that his childhood friend, Rachel, has fallen ill with leukemia, she forces him to spend time with her in the hospital. Soon enough, Greg and Rachel begin to form a friendship again. One of the best parts about this book is the fact that Greg and Rachel are strictly platonic, thus proving girls and boys can be just friends. Like I said before, this book is hilarious; it somehow made me cry and laugh at the same time. I strongly believe that the majority of adolescents can relate to the characters in this book; they are awkward, a little rough around the edges, but care about each other. I recommend this book to young adults who enjoy multiple genres. Overall, I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
@TheBookNerd of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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.

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constantine14
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.

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ReaderErin
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.

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Abigail_1
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.

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darladoodles
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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2016

The book Me earl and the dying girl by Jesse Andrews is a perfect read for someone who likes a humorous and somewhat sad story. I enjoyed the plot of following Greg a socially awkward teen through an unexpected tragedy with Rachel, a girl he thought he'd never be friends with. Along with Earl, his best friend who Greg would only refer to as his "associate". Overall a great book for anyone to read.
star rating: 5/5 @Richie of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Greg Gaines has mastered the art of disappearing in high school. Except for making strange films with his best (and only) friend Earl, Greg barely exists. Until his childhood friend Rachel gets diagnosed with cancer and parental units demand that he spend time with her. Cue adolescent awkwardness, cue The Worst Film Ever Made. Cue a hilarious novel about terminal illness that doesn’t try to shove Life Lessons down your throat. Rachel’s looming death is tragic, but the book doesn’t paint her as a martyr or even as an interesting person. She’s just someone who happened to get sick. Greg isn’t some magical boyfriend who appears to make the last months of her life amazing. He’s just a geeky looser that’s forced to hang out with her. And although he fervently denies it, he does go through character growth because of it. Earl was an interesting, fully developed character and arguably the true hero of the novel. This is a book for every teen who’s read the Fault In Our Stars, loved it, but questioned whether having cancer is really like “that.” (Speaking from personal experience, I can give you a firm answer: no.)
@viedelabibliothèque of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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

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dqtnguyen
Jun 25, 2019

For Nala

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

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

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jws714
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?”

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jws714
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

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jws714
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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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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LilyShieldss
Jan 30, 2016

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

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