Published by Harry N. Abrams on March 1st 2012
Format: Audiobook, Paperback
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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 leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is far from your typical YA cancer book. I found myself gobsmacked and laughing a hundred times more than crying, and that’s probably because I didn’t shed one tear. Not one.
Greg Gaines is a mess, he may be the most awkward character I’ve come across thus far. He tries to fly under the radar and I don’t blame him. Again the kid is a mess.
Earl, well Earl just has a bunch of issues I felt a lot of kids these days could really relate to. Dad’s gone and Mom can’t function. I really felt for Earl but not like in a pitying way. I don’t know I guess its a little hard to explain. At least for me, it is.
“The Dying Girl” Rachel was once kinda almost a friend of Greg when he was a bit younger. Greg prides himself on not really having any friends. Anyways things with Rachel got pretty awkward, then it got hurtful. As the cancer-stricken girl, Rachel isn’t brave. She isn’t trying to make the most of the time she has left. I’m not sure I would be any different myself. I think the way Rachel handled her diagnoses was the most important part of this book. It’s okay to not always be strong or brave. Our stories are Our stories we can’t all be Hazel Grace if you know what I mean.
The story isn’t exactly inspiring but it was entertaining. I listened to about half the book in the car with my husband he went from this book is dumb to this is actually pretty good when they aren’t talking about alien vomit. You don’t understand how big this is so ill tell you. I’ve been married 13 years. For the last 1 and a half, I have been harassing him to read one book. And he refuses. He doesn’t like reading, I know its total grounds for divorce. But he sat there in the car with just that one complaint and listened. He later asked me how it ended and so I told him. He nodded his head and walked away. This people is HUGE!
I am interested in seeing the movie. For one main reason, I would love love LOVE to see the movies Greg and Earl made. They sound terrible, like so terrible they are funny. And I think it would be nice to see that translated to the screen.
I guess what it all comes down to is I was entertained and I read it fairly quickly over 2 days. So if you’re in the mood for something like that I say give it a chance. Oh and there is some inappropriate language and a few graphic-ish scenes. So just a little warning there.