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"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews
U. S. GRAND JURY PRIZE: DRAMATIC and AUDIENCE AWARD: U.S. DRAMATIC winner at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.
Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl make her a movie, and Greg must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It’s a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.

Praise for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

“One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.”
Booklist, starred review

“A frequently hysterical confessional...Debut novelist Andrews succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a kid whose responses to emotional duress are entirely believable and sympathetic, however fiercely he professes his essential crappiness as a human being. Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It is sure to be popular with many boys, including reluctant readers, and will not require much selling on the part of the librarian.”

"Mr. Andrews' often hilarious teen dialogue is utterly convincing, and his characters are compelling.Greg's random sense of humor, terrible self-esteem and general lack of self-awareness all ring true. Like many YA authors, Mr. Andrews blends humor and pathos with true skill, but he steers clear of tricky resolutions and overt life lessons, favoring incremental understanding and growth."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction
YALSA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults
YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Average rating
4.5 / 5
A wonderful novel!
February 8th, 2015
I don’t even know how to describe this book. How do I describe such an awesome novel? I guess I should probably just rant in a fangirly way and hope it turns out for the best. First and foremost, you all should know that this is a cancer novel. Now I know what you’re probably thinking: “how can a cancer book be awesome?!?!?!” Well, I’LL TELL YOU HOW I think that we need a little context before we get to the fangirling. First, we have a snarky and funny teenage boy named Greg. Greg and his best friend Earl spend their free time filming movies (in Greg’s house because Earl lives with all of his unsavory brothers). When not filming videos, Greg spends his time in school trying to stay ahead of the social game but pretending to belong in every group so he ends up not belonging in any social circle (if that makes sense). One day, Greg’s mom forces him to rekindle his friendship with Rachel, a girl he went to elementary scbool with, because she has just been diagnosed with Leukemia. Now here is where you are thinking: “Oh, so this will be an inspirational novel, right?” Well, the answer is yes and no. No, this is not your typical cancer book. Yes, it is inspiring on some level because it is SO REALISTIC. Not all cancer stories end in a big dramatic twist and epic romances. This book is just about Greg trying to deal with a semi-friend’s loss. I don’t know how to accurately review this book so I think I’ll just attempt to get you all to read #1- It is funny. This book is freakin’ hilarious. Greg was just an awesome character and I remember laughing so hard that I had to leave the room and go somewhere I can laugh without disturbing anyone. #2- The writing style. I love love LOVE the writing style. This book is written in a way that is addressed to the reader. I wouldn’t call it 2nd person but the book is written in a way that it is like Greg is addressing the readers. It’s so interesting and unique #3- The chapter titles. Examples are necessary. “Let’s Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”, “I Put the ‘Ass’ in ‘Casanova'”, “Earl Betrays Our Entire Creative Partnership When I Am Distracted by The Munchies”. #4- Earl. You must read to find this out. #5- Greg. I already talked about this enough, yes? #6- NO ROMANCE. Guys, there is no romance in this book. Is this a dream come true?! The answer is yes. #7- Realistic. This book is brutally honest. There is not fluffy clouds or covering up. A girl has cancer and terrible things happen but IT IS HONEST. #8- Movies. So many movies, it might as well be a cinema. (I tried at puns, ok?!) Anyway, I got a little side-tracked but my point is: READ THIS BOOK. NOW!
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