BOOK REVIEW: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl – by Jesse Andrews

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Title: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fiction
First published: March 1st 2012
Finished reading: August 22nd 2015
Pages: 295
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“There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn’t really hit you, and then when it does, that’s when you feel like shit.”

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It’s been some time already since I’ve finished this book and I’m still not sure what to think of it. I’ve heard mixed things about this read and I can understand why… Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is highly original when it comes to both plot, prose and characters. It’s about as far away from the typical The Fault In Our Stars cancer-themed stories as you can get; something I could really appreciate. Still, I’m not sure if I actually liked it or not. It’s supposed to be a funny story, but I’m not sure if the humor didn’t go too far at points… Or if I actually liked the main characters. That said, I can’t deny Jesse Andrews wrote an original and quirky story that is filled with awkward moments and dry humor. If you are sick of cheesy cancer-themed stories where the boy falls in love with the sick girl (or the other way around) and want to read something where cancer isn’t the only important theme, you might want to try Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. It sure is refreshing.

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Greg can talk to everyone and be friend with nobody at his high school at the same time… He is what he calls the master of high school espionage and has only one real friend. Together with Earl they spend their time making and remaking movies. Greg’s quiet life ends when his mother forces him to become friendly again with Rachel, a girl he hasn’t talked to for years. The reason? Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia and they are not sure she will survive. Someone has to cheer her up and Greg’s mother thinks he has to do the job. What starts as something painfully awkward slowly turns into something more natural… Although Greg is never sure how to behave around Rachel. When Rachel stops her treatment, Greg and Earl decide to make a movie for her… But is that really the right thing to do? And will it be worth it for Greg to abandon his invisibility at school?

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I know this review probably doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I honestly don’t know what to think of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. Like I said above, I appreciated the originality of this story and it was quite a fast read. But I’m not sure I actually LIKE the characters or the story for that matter. Some parts were funny enough, but I’m still not sure some of the jokes went too far. If you are sensitive about the whole cancer theme, I definitely wouldn’t suggest reading this book. But if you like dry humor and are tired of the typical contemporary romance cancer stories, this might be the perfect read for you.

WWW Wednesdays #54 – August 26th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started reading The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins the other day and so far I’m really enjoying it. Fingers crossed that it will live up to the hype! I’ve also decided that I want to finish The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt before the end of the month, so I will try to dedicate more time to it. Hopefully I will be able to finish it before my next WWW post!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Partly thanks to the Bout Of Books read-a-thon last week I was able to finish no less than NINE books. I guess this month is going to be a new record! I’m seriously behind on my reviews though, so I will have to start writing them soon before I start mixing up the different plots and characters…
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The first one on the list is Fairest by Marissa Meyer. Not as good as the main series, but it was interesting to learn more about how Levana became the person she is in the series. The prose was solid as always.
I continued with My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga, and it was just as good as I was hoping for. Interesting characters, prose, plot… And the author described depression really well.
I read The Death Cure by James Dashner next and wasn’t impressed. I felt it lacked a proper plot and I wasn’t a fan of the ending… Definitely my least favorite book of the series so far.
Joyland by Stephen King was good: I loved the 1973 carnival setting and the prose was interesting as always. I didn’t see the ending coming for sure!
The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith was my TBR jar pick last week and unfortunately not as good as I thought it would be… Some of  the scenes just were too cheesy for me.
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Next up is Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews. I’m still not sure what to think of it; it’s highly original, but I’m not sure the humor didn’t go too far at points or if I actually liked some of the main characters.
I then couldn’t wait any longer and read Never Never Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.  This part was even better than the first and unfortunately ended with a big cliffhanger as well.
Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Portes wasn’t that great. I didn’t like most characters or the fact that it has a love triangle and the ending felt forced.
Last up is All Fall Down by Ally Carter, a read I have been looking forward to and even though it wasn’t what I was expecting, I ended up really enjoying it! The ending is a mayor cliffhanger though; I need the sequel!!!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably try to read The Kill Order by James Dashner so I can finish the series…Hopefully I will like it better than The Death Cure. I have been wanting to read Legend by Marie Lu for ages, so hopefully I will be able to finally start that series… And I have been wanting to read None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio for a long time as well. The last one on this list is my newest TBR jar pick: I Was Here by Gayle Forman. This one was already on my Bout Of Books TBR, so I will probably get to it soon.