Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Jesse Andrews

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  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Format: Paperback | 295 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 229mm x 25mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 5 July 2013
  • ISBN 10: 1419705326
  • ISBN 13: 9781419705328
  • Sales rank: 973

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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 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" STARRED REVIEW"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 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." -"VOYA" "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" Awards: 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 "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

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Author information

Jesse Andrews is a writer, musician, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University and lives in Boston. This is his first novel. Visit him at

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By Samadhi 12 Jun 2013 5

A modest, witty and truthful novel. This is a book that represents an adolescents experience in high school like no other.

Contemporary novels have a tendency to be unrealistic and predictable. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I'm glad to say, was not apart of the majority. Even though its intention wasn't to make the reader have a sudden revelation on life and death, it does teach you to make most of the time that you have.

One of the supporting characters, Earl, also teaches the reader that you can't just look out for everyone else all the time, before you can help others, you must help yourself.

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