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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  11,695 ratings  ·  2,031 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
Paperback, 295 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Allen & Unwin (first published March 1st 2012)
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Kate Yes, she does, at the end. Though it's not a "how to cope with cancer/loss" kind of book. It's a pretty weird one.
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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)  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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?”
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
Feb 21, 2012 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Steph Sinclair
Oct 29, 2014 Steph Sinclair rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who think they can't read or enjoy "cancer books"
Recommended to Steph by: Raeleen Lemay
This is the book I wish received more attention than The Fault in Our Stars. Unlike the aforementioned novel, it doesn't glamorize a terminal illness and try in any way to make light of the situation. In case that offends anyone, keep in mind that I did enjoy TFIOS, but I just think Me, Earl and the Dying Girl had a more powerful message.

This isn't going to be a book for everyone. The protagonist is an anti-hero who will anger the reader and make you wish he were a real person just so you could
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
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
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
I need some time to get my feels back together
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
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
I'd been thrown off guard.

To read this book was the best and the worst idea I could have :
- Perfect because I couldn't stop laughing.
- Not-so-perfect because I couldn't stop laughing in public. Out loud.

Of course I earned a lot of weird glances. Merry Christmas, that's so nice of you!

Therefore, I laughed out loud during the whole book : in the train, in the park, in front of my family. Well, the whole time. Mostly, because of Greg, the main character and narrator of the book, the Me of the t
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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
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

before I dive into how much I loved this books I'm just going to take a moment to appreciate the cover because lOOK AT IT IS' BEAUTIFUL! I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but this book more than lived up to the beauty of its cover!!

I must admit before I started this book I was a bit worried it would just be another the fault in our stars but I was extremely wrong! Yes, this book had 2 boys who were best friends and a girl with cancer but this book was far from tfios, it took a
So I picked up Me and Earl and the Dying Girl because it keeps appearing on lists of “If you liked Fault in our Stars, try this!”

Which clearly is a terrible joke being played on fans of Fault in our Stars.

Because teens who pick this up expecting tender lovemaking and sweeping non-teenage-sounding declarations about life are going to SO DISAPPOINTED.

However, I thought it was reasonably epic.

Our main character Greg is doing his best to get through senior year without making waves or being noticed.
I just loved this book because it made me laugh A LOT. I probably looked insane while reading this in public. *shrugs* deal with it.
Dylan Williams
Cried like a baby at the end... easily a new favourite!
MissOddball (Shadowraith's Apprentice)
A paragraph from the book, describing this book:
"This book contains precisely zero important life lessons, or little-known facts about love, or sappy tear jerking moments when we knew we had left out childhood behind for good, or whatever. And, unlike most books in which a girl gets cancer, there are definitely no sugary paradoxical single-sentence-paragraphs that you're supposed to think are deep because they're in italics. Do you know what i'm talking about? I'm talking about sentences like th
Definitely missed the kool-aid on this one.

YA contemporary is not a genre I find myself reading often, but I had heard great things about this book, and figured I would give it a go.

This is a hard book to settle on a score for because while I know I definitely liked it, I wasn't entirely impressed by the characters. The humour and narration is perfectly funny, but it also kind of felt like the narrator was a separate character that was talking about these two boys, instead of it being the voice
I hated this book, as I'm sure you've noticed by the one star I gave it. I found it so pretentious, so irritating and just plain awful. I didn't enjoy the characters, I didn't enjoy the plot, I didn't enjoy the 'creativity' of it. The author/main character alludes to 'creative' being a way to describe rubbish things, and repeatedly says the book isn't worth reading and really, I'd agree. I just wish I'd acknowledged that early on, but so many people had loved this book, I thought I'd have to rea ...more
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