Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl


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Goodreads 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.

When I first heard of this book, everyone talked about what a great book it was, but never what it was really about. I figured it was about two friends and their girl friend who was dying of cancer. Even the description provided by the back of the book was bland. Regardless, I still picked up the book in an interest to keep up with the bookworm crowd.

I honestly did not like the book. Not only did I not like it, but I fought very hard to push through and actually finish the book. The opening chapters seemed like a decent start with some opening jokes, but it never improved. I thought main character, Greg Gaines, was actually writing from his perspective as an established adult – he was talking about his several films and their “successes”. In the end we learn he’s writing the book around the age of eighteen or nineteen after he had been suspended from the University of Pittsberg for failing grades. It was a disappointment, much like this book.

The grammar and vulgar language of Earl irritated the heck out of me. The extreme awkwardness of Greg, Earl, and Rachel was weird, they were awkward together and never said much when they were together. They severely lacked personality and never connected with me as a reader.

Greg even writes in the epilogue, “Also, I can probably write whatever on this page, because there’s no way you made it all the way to the end, because this book is a disgrace to the English language. Too all language.” Yes sir, it is. I don’t know what the movie will be about since the book jumped around a lot and most chapters were backstory we really didn’t need. Hopefully the movie writers pull what The D.U.F.F. movie writers did – take the basic idea and create a new story line around the idea leaving out a bulk of the actual book. I’ll wait for it to hit RedBox or something.

If you actually enjoyed the book, great. If you didn’t, I’m right there with you friend. Until next time, I’ll be finishing up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell before indulging in some ARCs I recently received and can’t wait to start! Until next time, happy reading my lovelies!