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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

The book that inspired the hit film!

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award

Sundance Grand Jury

This is the funniest book you'll ever read about death.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he's figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.

This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg's mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg's entire life.

The book that inspired the hit film!

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award

Sundance Grand Jury

This is the funniest book you'll ever read about death.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he's figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.

This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg's mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg's entire life.

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  • DOGO Books bookish5 - This was an extremely enjoyable book that took me only a day to finish. The main character is a guy named Greg who has spent his entire high school experience avoiding having friends or joining cliques. However, he does know Earl, who he's made films with ever since they met when they were kids. During Greg's senior year, he's informed by his mother that a girl that he's never really been friends with, Rachel, has been diagnosed with cancer, and- at least for a little while- he has to pretend to care about her. Greg wishes he cares- he really does- but there's a part of him, the real part, that knows the only reason he's pretending to is because of his Mom, and without her he wouldn't be going to Rachel's house nearly everyday, he wouldn't go to visit her in the hospital, he wouldn't make her laugh just to distract her from her disease, and he wouldn't make her a stupid film that only ended up showing the reality of the fact that he never really KNEW Rachel at all. So this, ultimately, ended up being the hilarious, real, gripping, happy, sad, and emotional story of Greg and Earl and the Dying Girl, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 6, 2012
    In his debut novel, Andrews tackles some heavy subjects with irreverence and insouciance. Senior Greg Gaines has drifted through high school trying to be friendly with everyone but friends with no one, moving between cliques without committing. His only hobby is making awful movies with his foul-mouthed pal Earl. Greg’s carefully maintained routine is upset when his mother encourages him to spend time with Rachel, a classmate suffering from leukemia. Greg begrudgingly rekindles his friendship with Rachel, before being conned into making a movie about her. Narrated by Greg, who brings self-deprecation to new heights (or maybe depths), this tale tries a little too hard to be both funny and tragic, mixing crude humor and painful self-awareness. Readers may be either entertained or exhausted by the grab bag of narrative devices Andrews employs (screenplay-style passages, bulleted lists, movie reviews, fake newspaper headlines, outlines). In trying to defy the usual tearjerker tropes, Andrews ends up with an oddly unaffecting story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Matt Hudson, William Morris Endeavor.

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