(Also posted under joint blog “the anatomy of two readers”)
Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Favorite quote: “…there are definitely no sugary paradoxical single sentence paragraphs that you’re supposed to think are deep because they’re in italics…like this…”the cancer had taken her eyeballs, yet she saw the world with more clarity than ever before.”
Synopsis: 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.
Review: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Let me just say that if you’re expecting something similar to The Fault in Our Stars, no. It’s not the same type of book. It’s even better! I found this book to be hilarious. Yes there is a dying girl and that sounds so bad, but the humor the author uses to descibe how not everyone deals in the same way, is brilliant. This book is either a you’ll love it or hate it type, there doesn’t seem to be an I between. Everyone I recommend it to loves it! I found the characters and writing very fun. If you have this and haven’t read it, read it. If you haven’t bought it, buy it!
If you’ve read this book let me know if the comments your thoughts! I’d love to know.