Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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New York Times Bestseller

The book that inspired the hit film!

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award
Sundance Grand Jury Prize

This is the funniest book you'll ever read about death.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he's figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl.
This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg's mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg's entire life.

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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 295 pages
  • 152 x 216 x 25mm | 431g
  • Amulet Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419701762
  • 9781419701764
  • 56,258

About Jesse Andrews

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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135,787 ratings
3.53 out of 5 stars
5 21% (29,175)
4 32% (43,893)
3 29% (39,316)
2 12% (16,154)
1 5% (7,249)

Our customer reviews

I loved this book. I mean really loved this book. It has been a long time since a book made me laugh so many times and feel kinda awkward for the characters in it. Despite it dealing with a serious matter, it was first something I noticed when I passed the first 77-100 pages. After that it got a bit more serious, but it still managed to keep me thinking about the things the book dealt with. I do however have to admit, that it could get a bit to heavy for me, which is also why it took me so long time to read it. One of the things I really like about the book, is how Jesse Andrews wrote i.e. "Chapter 1; How it is possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad" instead of the usual "Chapter 1" that I think many books has. When the title of each chapter sounds interesting or funny, then I personally think it gives you so much more. As mentioned before, this book is really funny, yet serious, and I think that everybody should read it. Here is a line from the book, which I personally think relates to myself from time to time; "(...) You wouldn't, unless you had a fungus eating your brain, which I guess I probably have." This book is about Greg who actually wrote this book. You know what, I'm going to quote him and let him introduce himself: "My name is Greg Gaines. I am seventeen. I am the one who wrote this book. My physical appearance is unsatisfactory, and there is probably a fungus eating my brain. I'm not even sure I'm a human." This was taken from the inside cover of this book, the story hasn't even started yet at this point. Since it is based on Greg's life before and after Rachel, and it ends with her death (this is not a spoiler, since it get mentioned right away in the book). You also get to see what a crazy families Greg and Earls both have and how they survive high school and so on. Both Greg and Earl are amazing and funny and awkward in their own way, which makes me like them even more. And the more you read, the more you like them. Overall this is a fantastic book, that I think everyone should more
by Dzejna
This review was originally posted on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is Jesse Andrews' debut novel and I can't wait to read more of his work in the future. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book about a girl who has cancer that I enjoyed reading. To be honest, I am afraid of books about cancer. I'm afraid they will be too emotional and that I won't be able to stop crying and I don't really want to be confronted with those stories. Due to personal reasons. That's why I haven't read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green yet. I'm sure I'm going to read it someday, but I don't think I'm ready yet. But that's not really important. What's important is that I really enjoyed reading this book about a girl who has cancer. And that's because of the fantastic characters who have a ridiculously great sense of humor. All of them do. But those who stand out the most are of course Greg and Earl. Yes that's the Earl from the title. He is by far my most favorite character from this book. But let me first tell you about what this book is about. This book is about Greg who actually wrote this book. You know what, I'm going to quote him and let him introduce himself: "My name is Greg Gaines. I am seventeen. I am the one who wrote this book. My physical appearance is unsatisfactory, and there is probably a fungus eating my brain. I'm not even sure I'm a human." This was taken from the inside cover of this book, the story hasn't even started yet at this point. Greg isn't really a writer, he is a filmmaker. And this can be seen throughout the book. Many scenes of dialogues are actually written like you are reading a script. Greg's only friend is Earl. Well they're not really friends according to Greg, they are more like acquaintances who make films together. And boy oh boy are their films funny. Together they end up with this girl Rachel who has been diagnosed with leukemia and the rest of the story follows. I don't even really care about the storyline. Don't get me wrong, the plot is interesting and not boring at all, I liked it. But it's not what makes this book special. What makes it special is the combination of Greg as a writer and Earl as his buddy. They are really funny on their own but put together they are able to create a tsunami of uncontrollable giggling. No matter where I was, on the train, late at night in my bed, I had to laugh out loud while reading this book. Although I would really love if everyone would pick up this book and love it as much as I do, I know some people don't like it because of the mature content. It's not like things happen in this book that's not really suitable for younger audiences, it's more the language that people are concerned about. Or to quote Greg once more: "Earl can be sort of profane sometimes. He's actually mellowed out a lot since his middle school days, believe it or not." And then he gives us some examples that I won't repeat here. But you get the drill. If you don't like the use of an occasional curse word, I wouldn't recommend this book to you. I'm not a great user of curse words or explicit language or anything, but I do think that the use of it in this book only added to the high level of hilarity of it. All in all I give it four out of five stars. I really enjoyed reading this book because it was so hilarious but I wasn't so impressed with the story itself that I would give this book a full five out of five. I would still highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a good laugh. Or anyone who wants to add another gorgeous book to their more
by Enya Wouts
I don't read a lot of comedy books. I mean, some of the novels that I've read have been funny, but comedy has not been their primary objective. I wasn't really quite sure of what to expect when I started. To my surprise Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was quite funny while still a bit sad at the same time. Reasons to Read: 1.Comedy: I have to say that some of the comedy in this book is a tad innappropriate. When I read jokes like that, I was worried that the whole book would only be funny because of those kind of jokes. I found, though, that there were other kinds of humour. The main character, Greg, was particularly funny. His dialogue added to the whole thing and made the situations seem crazier and the people just hilarious. I did find myself laughing outloud at some of the jokes that were made as I was reading it. I think that there's different kinds of humour for everyone. 2.Characters: The main characters in this book are really fleshed out. A couple pages are dedicated to most of the main characters when they first appear, and again, Greg's commentaries are really funny. Each characters has a reason for acting the way they do. We get to know their little quirks and flaws, and we know their past. You can definetly tell how the past affected each one to make them into the person they were. I was really impressed how a comedic book was able to make such fairly complex characters. This book was actually a lot better than I was anticipating. The dialogue was funny, the situations were funny, the whole book was funny! While I will admit that some parts of the book just seemed kind of unnecessary, it was pretty good overall. I definitely reccomend this to anyone who really likes comedy books, or is just looking for something a bit different. ARC received from Manda Group for more
by Dorian
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