Review: Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews


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.


Can I have a moment of honesty…I did not like this book, at all. I was recommended it by several friends who absolutely adored it. It was honestly painful to get through and in retro-spec I should have just DNF-ed it. So where do I start, first off I did not like the writing style, the story is told as if it was a script and that was just very hard to follow and personally, not enjoyable for me as a reader.

Secondly, the book is not very funny.  I think I giggled maybe once throughout the entire book and that was about 50% into it. I should have cut myself off there. Thirdly, the book is massively depressing. Greg has no friends, then Greg has one friend but don’t worry she dies. Then Earl has no problem reminding Greg how he has no friends. The story was just random violence, failed films, and cheering up someone who was dying. Just no…no thank you.


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