Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – Two Reviews!

AndrewsIn this book, Greg and Earl are trying to make Rachel feel better about her acute myelogenous leukemia.  So he and Earl are trying to make her confident to fight her leukemia.  My favorite character is Rachel because she continues to be Greg’s friend even when he stopped talking to her shunned her.  Another character I liked was Greg because he is quick to learn the rules of the school like to never be in one group specifically.

After I read this book, I thought it deserved 4.5 stars because even though it is witty and interesting, Greg and Earl later give up on their filmmaking dreams, which is ironic because they were mad at Rachel for giving up.

Submitted by Katherine

Recently, I read the book Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, debut novel of author Jesse Andrews. The book revolves around Greg Gaines, a socially awkward high school senior and his friend/ coworker Earl Jackson (who comes from a very troubled and wild family). The two have spent most of their free time making mediocre films. Together, they’ve avoided making friends with others in order to avoid social drama and ridicule from certain groups. However, this all changes when Rachel Kushner (represented in the title as the “dying girl”), a distant friend of Greg’s from Hebrew school, develops leukemia. Greg’s mother forces Greg against his will to rekindle his friendship with Rachel, which turns his entire way of life upside down. When he starts hanging out with Rachel, he is given a label by his peers. The book deals with how he copes with the situation and the changes in the way Greg is treated in high school. This makes Greg’s school life a bit more difficult.

While some would expect the book to be emotional or dramatic, the book’s goal is actually humor. Greg himself (who narrates the book) states many times that he did not have any romantic feelings or experience maturity during his time with Rachel. However, the humor (which relies mostly on lots of profanity and sexual innuendos) isn’t particularly clever. The sexual jokes are actually quite drawn out-sometimes entire pages consist of a gross conversation between Greg and Earl, which does get old after a while. To the book’s credit, although most of the humor falls flat; the story was quite well-written and portrayed the main characters’ personalities very well. However, the book contained a lack of emotion throughout the majority of it, which was the biggest letdown. I didn’t really laugh or cry or smile while reading it. It was interesting enough and there were some points that I didn’t want to put the book down, but there wasn’t anything extremely memorable about it. Even though the characters were interesting, it didn’t really help the book stay entertaining. I was able to enjoy it enough, but I think the book could’ve been a lot more memorable, and the humor could have been less immature. It’s a relatively good read, but if you aren’t a fan of juvenile humor and excess profanity, this isn’t the book for you.

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Submitted by Lauren Leon

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