Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

Book - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781419701764
1419701762
Branch Call Number: TF Realist Andr
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 22 cm.
Alternative Title: Me and Earl and the dying girl

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Somanybooks11
Apr 21, 2021

this book is close to the fault in our stars but, I don't like this as well as the fault in our stars. The plot is slow at points and the dying girl barely has a storyline. The only reason I give this book 3 stars is because of the witty comebacks and the humor.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 30, 2020

This book is hilariously tragic. Imagine the Fault In Our Stars but comedic. The story is about a fat teenager named Greg, a gangster named Earl, and a cancer patient named Rachel. Greg and Earl would prefer to spend their time making homemade movies, but when Greg’s mom hears that his childhood friend, Rachel, has fallen ill with leukemia, she forces him to spend time with her in the hospital. Soon enough, Greg and Rachel begin to form a friendship again. One of the best parts about this book is the fact that Greg and Rachel are strictly platonic, thus proving girls and boys can be just friends. Like I said before, this book is hilarious; it somehow made me cry and laugh at the same time. I strongly believe that the majority of adolescents can relate to the characters in this book; they are awkward, a little rough around the edges, but care about each other. I recommend this book to young adults who enjoy multiple genres. Overall, I rate this book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.
@TheBookNerd of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

JCLIanH Aug 13, 2018

A brilliant, ceaselessly hilarious book that perfectly captures what it's like to deal with capital S Serious issues (in this case, a friend with cancer) as a teenager. There's no syrupy sentimentality or big sweeping life lessons to be found here, but protagonist Greg Gaines is so well drawn and voiced that by the end of it all he has burrowed so deeply inside you that his messy feelings are your messy feelings and those messy feelings feel like an accurate representation of the human experience.

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constantine14
Jan 29, 2018

I recently saw the movie and loved it. Was led to believe in one of the side comments that the girl would live but alas not so. Loved the ending, a real teary one for me, with him going to the prom and you think it's the other girl is going with him. Maybe I should read the book.

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ReaderErin
Nov 17, 2017

I wish this story had been told from Earl's point of view instead of being from Greg's. While I know this would have changed the whole story because Earl didn't have much to do with Rachel, but when he did he really wanted to help her and wasn't just doing it because he had to. Having said that though I do feel like Greg's story was very realistic and was also very believable. Because of that though at times it made him an unlikable character a majority of the time.

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Abigail_1
Aug 03, 2017

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those books that you either love it or despise it. For me, it eventually got really boring and it's just not a novel that I was motivated to finish reading.

laurauk Apr 08, 2017

16+ Adult content and vulgarity. Teenager Greg Gaines is guilt-ed into spending time with Rachel, a girl dying from leukemia. Absurd (in a hilarious way) honest and non formulaic. A sarcastic response to The Fault in Our Stars!

0Charlie Mar 07, 2017

Unfortunately, the tone of the main character got a bit tiresome after a while. And, with the main character actually saying that there is no deeper meaning or message in this work, I was hard pressed to find a good reason for having read this work. I did like the fact that there is a comment at the end that this book would never be made into a movie since I picked up this work because I have seen the film advertised.

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darladoodles
Feb 08, 2017

I found the snarky tone of the first-person narrative to be quite entertaining, but the profanity was too pervasive and definitely knocked down my review.

This is my own personal level of acceptance and I am well aware that it varies for other readers. I am intrigued enough to see the movie.

IanH_KCMO Sep 29, 2016

Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. I know that seems like a weird combination of feelings, but it makes thems the breaks when you have a book that gives you ALL THE FEELS.

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Somanybooks11
Apr 21, 2021

“Girls like good-looking guys, and I am not very good-looking. In fact, I sort of look like a pudding”

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Somanybooks11
Apr 21, 2021

“The best ideas are always the simplest.”
― Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Somanybooks11
Apr 21, 2021

“When you convert a good book to a film. stupid things happen”
― Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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Somanybooks11
Apr 21, 2021

“If after reading this book you come to my home and brutally murder me, I do not blame you.”
― Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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dqtnguyen
Jun 25, 2019

For Nala

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“When you convert a good book to a film. stupid things happen”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

I'm talking about sentences like this:

The cancer had taken her eyeballs, yet she saw the world with more clarity than ever before.

Barf. Forget it. For me personally, things are in no way more meaningful because I got to know Rachel before she died. If anything, things are less meaningful. All right?”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn't really hit you, and then when it does, that's when you feel like sh*t

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

"It's like when a kitten tries to bite something to death. The kitten clearly has the cold-blooded murderous instinct of a predator, but at the same time, it's this cute little kitten, and all you want to do is stuff it in a shoebox and shoot a video of it for grandmas to watch on YouTube.”

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NWPLindabear thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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Aug 27, 2016

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Smartass Greg Gaines has high school all figured out, to the point where he blends in seamlessly, A member of all groups and none. The only person approaching a real friend for Greg is Earl, the perpetually angry member of a large and dysfunctional family. Greg and Earl make bad films together in their spare time. But then, one day, Greg's mother tells him that Rachel Kushner, a former friend, has leukaemia and that he should call her -- and he does. This changes his entire life, although, as Greg himself is quick to point out, he really doesn't learn much of anything.

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LilyShieldss
Jan 30, 2016

Coarse Language: Unless you speak like this it is quite surprising

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