Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
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.
Final Rating: ♥♥♥ and a half
AimalReads Review (Spoiler Free) under the cut:
This book had me LOL-ing throughout. It was nothing like I expected it to be. I went into this book without any expectations, because the rating on Goodreads is outrageously low, yet one of my favorite booktubers (Raeleen) is always talking about how this book is one of her favorites ever. So I was a little hesitant picking it up, but I did, and I loved it!
Pros: The book is fast-paced, hilarious and a very very quick read. You are really curious about what is going to happen next, where the characters are going to go, how they’re going to react to certain things. I flew through this book because it was so short and fast-paced and genuine.
Cons: If you sit and think about it… not much happens in this book at all. So if you’re looking for a solid plot with lots of twists and turns, this is not the book for you. If you’re looking for a realistic book, one which is very character-oriented rather than story-oriented, then you may like it.
Pros: I really enjoyed the characters. I thought Greg was extremely funny, someone who is a good person but is just too afraid to admit it. Sometimes I just wanted to gather him up in my arms and let him cry it out. But of course, he was far from perfect. He was slightly annoying, slightly douchey, but that was what made him real. Earl was funny, a genuinely good guy. You see their interactions with each other, their backgrounds. You see them grow and make decisions that you may or may not agree with. Their development and growth was very nice indeed.
Cons: Some of the characters, as Greg describes them, seemed very clichéd to the point of, perhaps, racism. The portraiture of the twice-appearing Syrian annoyed me, and so did the portraiture of Earl’s family. This is purely my point of view, and it wasn’t to such an extent that it was a serious problem. But I did feel like there were a lot of stereotypes in this book that the author wasn’t really eradicating. Which irked me.
Pros: Jesse Andrews is very, very, very funny. I rarely laugh while reading books, because humor in books is so purely subjective, and I have rarely come across something that speaks to me. But the humor in this was witty, sarcastic, sometimes ridiculous, sometimes loud, sometimes subtle. And I really loved that about it. It is consistently hilarious. The writing itself was brief, to-the-point… just how I like it.
Cons: Even though I said that this book was funny, sometimes in SOME places, I felt like there could have been less. There was a lack of emotion in this book even though it’s centered around something very emotional. I’m not saying it had to make me cry. I’m just saying that it should’ve made me feel something. It did not, unfortunately.