BOOK REVIEW: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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RATING: ★★★☆☆

Author: Jesse Andrews

Pages: 295

Published: March 1, 2012

ME: high school senior Greg Gaines, who has managed to go out of his way to not bring any attention to himself

EARL: closest thing Greg has to a best friend, share a admiration for obscure films which they attempt to make themselves

DYING GIRL: Rachel was Greg’s first ‘girlfriend’ from Hebrew school who he is forced to befriend again after she is diagnosed with cancer

With any young adult book tackling the issue of cancer it would be hard to ignore the comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars. But this novel demonstrates that there are different ways to tell a story with similar elements. Where as The Fault in Our Stars focuses on the people dealing with cancer themselves, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl directs attention to Greg, the boy who is somewhat forced to befriend someone who is dying.

The story is told by Greg, the result of which is the novel you are holding. It reads like a stream of consciousness, dialogue written as a screenplay, interactions as bullet notes, and paragraphs of self reflection that even the author calls stupid and is too lazy to delete. Greg is dealing with his unknowingness of how to interact with someone who is dying and the impact she leaves, challenging his status of high school “coaster.”

The film adaptation of the novel recently showed at Sundance Film Festival, starring Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon.

After a bidding war at the festival, Fox Searchlight bought the rights to the film.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “When you convert a good book to a film, stupid things happen” – Greg Gaines

***UPDATE*** below is the trailer to the movie:


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