Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  9,705 ratings  ·  1,766 reviews
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...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Raeleen Lemay
Oh my goodness... What did I just read?

I finally have a gif to describe my feels...

Here it is, folks:
Jesse Andrews
Dec 23, 2011 Jesse Andrews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
this is probably the best debut novel i have ever written.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
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Overall a great read. Jesse Andrews needs to release more books!
My full review can be found here:
Emily May

I don't mean to sound so cold-hearted when I say this, but I normally hate "cancer books". Or illness and dying books in general. They're so hung up on leaving the reader with a beautiful message about life and/or death, so intent on making you cry and showing how a person can gain a new outlook on life from either having a terminal illness or being close to someone with a terminal illness. In real life, very few people are lucky enough to take something amazing away from an experience like thi...more
This is me during, hmm, let's see, 90% of this book:

I kid you not. This book made me laugh my ASS OFF. I have never in my whole life laughed this much while reading a book. Jesse Andrews, for this alone, YOU ARE AWESOME.

M&E&tDG is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. Nothing much really happens--in terms of both plot or character development--and despite that, driven alone by the MC, Greg's, humorous voice, the book ends up being an awesome read.

Just to lay out how hilarious Greg's...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a very strange book indeed. I’m sure some of you read the blurb and thought: Not another cancer book! Really, are books about teens with cancer the new black?! Yeah, I thought so too. It turns out that this book has very little to do with cancer. It has more to do with several other, completely unrelated things like filmmaking, high school social structure, odd friendships and nagging parents. It’s certainly not a sob story. The only tears I’d shed whil...more
An exchange.

“I think I’m gonna go and read my book.”
“Oh? Which book is it?”
“Just this hilarious book about cancer.”

And you should’ve seen the glare I received.

You see that is the problem I fear I’m going to have with this book. I want to run around wildly and throw this book at people and yell “READ IT!” and they’ll be like “Woah, Jo, what’s it about?! Tell me everything!”
“Is it, is it really?”
Feb 21, 2012 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
Shelves: 2012, ya, ala-ya-2013
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was my second "cancer book" in as many months. Although both Jesse Andrews and John Green had the same intention - to write a story about cancer that was different from those other tearjerky novels, in my eyes, Andrews was much more successful at stepping away from melodrama and cliches of the genre than Green. Of course, Andrews does not (yet) have a publicity platform of Green's magnitude to promote his novel, so I am glad to be able to...more
Umm… I don't know exactly what to say about this book. It seems to me like one of those cult books where if you love it, you love it, but if you don't, you don't. There were parts of it that were funny, but the majority of the parts that I felt were meant to be funny just fell flat. The cover is absolutely beautiful and there were some parts that I definitely enjoyed… but, it just didn't do it for me.

This book is about Greg and Earl and Rachel. Greg is a high school senior and he and Earl are a...more
Okay, if I would've known that this book was set in Pittsburgh, I would've read it on release day. As it turns out, while this author was in high school, presumably being hilarious, I was just down the street, playing badminton in my Catholic school uniform during free period. I had to investigate a bit further, so I checked my facebook and found that my friend Jake (who now has a luscious ponytail and who I once learned to waltz with) is facebook friends with Jesse Andrews. (like that even mean...more
Apr 17, 2012 Maggie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Maggie by: Jo
If I had to describe Me and Earl and the Dying Girl in 22 words, they would be: Adaptation meets the teen version of Larry and Leon from Curb Your Enthusiasm with a dash of Troy and Abed from Community. Basically, I loved the hell out of this book. Jo, the girl with the old coat and saucy new dress, promised me a snort-laugh. I snort-laughed. In fact, I went through the book in one snort-filled sitting, which I haven't done in a while.

The premise... actually, forget about the premise. Just read...more
Sometimes the best books you read end up being the ones that you stumble across by accident, Me and Earl and the dying girl was one of those books. I hadn’t even heard about it until my friend Maja started reading it (Maja certainly knows what she’s talking about when it comes to great books) so I checked out the blurb and requested a copy. I’m so glad that I was accepted as Me and Earl and the dying girl was the funniest book I have read in a long time. It bought a smile to my face in just the...more
Before I committed to reading this book (as an e-galley from Netgalley), I went up and down about whether it was really a good idea to try it so soon after reading John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Did I really need to read another YA novel involving terminal cancer so soon? Wouldn't that just make me feel really depressed? And what if it felt disappointing by contrast to TFioS?

I am SO glad I read it after all. Not only did it not feel disappointing, it was just an entirely different kind of...more
Okay, I'm going to review two books at once. There may be a way to do so on GR but I'm unaware. Here we go.

The other book's review can be found here:

The two books are Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I'm reviewing them together because they're both, for lack of a better phrase, YA cancer books.


I know no one with cancer, so this choice wasn't personal. O...more
Four Stars: This book will appeal to a select audience, if you are a fan of Catcher in the Rye, you will appreciate this novel.

Reading the title of this book, inevitably you expect to read a story that relates the emotional turmoil and life changing implications of facing death. I am going to tell you that Mr. Andrews is completely honest and informs you right up front, that this is not that kind of book. I admit, I started reading this expecting to find that he was lying and there would indeed...more
Steph Sinclair
Jul 11, 2014 Steph Sinclair rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who think they can't read or enjoy "cancer books"
Recommended to Steph by: Raeleen Lemay
This is basically what I wanted from The Fault in Our Stars, but didn't get. Review to come.
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I admit: I requested this book on Netgalley because of the cover. Don't you think it's so cute? This is the kind of cover that I would want to be printed as a poster and placed on my room. Or over my desk. The colors in this cover is enough to cheer me up, and I wouldn't mind just looking at it without really knowing what's inside.

Oh but wait, I actually read it. I don't know about you, but the book's synopsis reminded me of a John Green novel -- and not just becaus...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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4.5 Stars

Greg has managed to make it to his senior year by being an acquaintance to all and a friend to none one. When you’re a rodent-faced, chubby kid growing up in a not-so-great area and attend a high school of cliques that run the gamut of nerd to criminal, it’s probably best to just blend in so you never get singled out. His only friend has always been Earl – a foul-mouthed, chain-smoking, vertically challenged, roundhouse-kickin...more
I need some time to get my feels back together
this was ridiculous. and by ridiculous I mean FUCKING AWESOME
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a fantastic book that I read in about one sitting. I just did not want to put the book down and was so intrigued by how different it was. I'm really into YA Contemporary books right and this was incredibly enjoyable! I never would have thought a book about a teen dying from cancer could actually manage to be funny but... it did. Pretty dark humour at times but it certainly made me laugh out loud which is a serious accomplishment, I think! I love any book that ca...more
Dylan Williams
Cried like a baby at the end... easily a new favourite!
I think it's imperfect - but perfect in its imperfections. Does that make sense? God, I loved it.
For a book with a dying girl, Me and Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews serves up laugh after laugh after laugh. I have a very crass, low brow sense of humor and loved the shit out of Greg Gaines’ profanity-laced narration of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

Read the rest of my review here
Why did it take me a month and a half to finish a two-hundred-page book?
Because it feels more like a string of anecdotes that a story with a cohesive storyline, and without that it can't hook me. Because it's bold and uncompromising and humorous, but in an in-your-face kind of way that contrasts with my love for dry wit. Because as funny as it might be, in some parts it's too unbelievable to even make me smile.

And yet. And yet it redeemed itself in the end - with the big realisation thing; you k...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a hard book to review because the book is as offensive as it is good, and damn is it good. From the first page, the reader can tell that Me and Earl will be a very different book as the first pages warn you that this isn't a good book and the main character breaks the 4th wall.

Honestly, Me and Earl is a book that I should have hated. The plot was shit and it was one of those books that will find a way to make you drop it out of shock every chapter. It's a vulga...more

I really loved this book. I loved the humor, the writing style, the characters, the honesty.

Although there were a few things that I didn't like.

I didn't like that the only things Greg, the main character, was interested in were how he looks like socially and how self-absorbed he was. I would've liked to read more of "the dying girl" Rachel, but Greg just does not carry out the story around her further. I would have liked to read more of her.

Other than that I was laughing out loud for a...more
Absolutely Hilarious.
Paul  Hankins
April 13th, 2012:

Jesse Andrews's name and this particular title have come up in two separate conversations or interactions this week. This means that the book is on the reading radar and the two people I was talking to this week know books. They know titles.

I want to share what I had to say about ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL.

I very cheekishly said that I thought Jesse Andrews had created the antithesis to John Green's THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. I want to keep this with thought for must a moment....more
Stacey (prettybooks)

I had assumed that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl would be similar to The Fault in Our Stars - same kind of storyline and same sort of characters. I was wrong. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is completely different.

Jesse Andrews really has a talent for knowing what the reader is thinking. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is told in first person narrative by Greg Gaines - he directly addresses the reader - and he warns us at the beginning that the ending will not comprise of him becoming an e...more
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