Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

published: 2012 // 295 pages
isbn: 978-1-4197-1960-8
read from: 6/18-21/2015

can i just say i now understand the humans that read the fault in our stars and thought, "meh." 
well. 

i forgot where i heard about this book from but i bought it and the movie just came out so i was pretty excited about that as well. i still have the movie to watch and spoiler alert, I'm kinda hoping its better than the book.

mk so lets get to it. 

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.
        Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling "a touchstone for its generation" and "an instant classic."  -Barnes & Noble.

and now, its my turn. 

look, this isn't a bad book at all. i actually liked it and i found myself attached at some points buuut i honestly don't see the all the hoopla behind it. 
it started okay and then it picked up and i found myself laughing A LOT. specially when Mr. McCarthy made his appearance and then i fell in love with him even more when he was talking about his love for pho (you should know i have a never ending love for soup. specially pho.)
Also when Greg and Earl end up pretty stoned. that whole scene when they're eating ice cream pretty highlarious. 

and then, there's Rachel. 
obviously, ya know shes going to you know, not make it. and the whole point of the book is Greg's mom "forcing" him to be friends with her while he still can. but the way they made it seem, i would have thought it would have involved Rachel a liiiiiiiitle bit more than it actually did. She's there in the beginning, with the movies, the hospital, back home and then back to the hospital. and i know that sounds like a lot but its not. and when Greg and her hangout, Greg doesn't shut up. 

i think this book was more about Greg trying to man up about himself and his insecurities (heck, even Earl calls him out on it) than it did Rachel and her journey. 

i don't know. 
i just wanna see the movie to see what they did with it cause i don't honestly see how it works. specially when the premise was to make Rachel a movie and (SPOILER) they made her a very shitty one. 

part of me thinks I'm reading TOO much in to it and then the other part thinks I'm not reading its message well enough. AND THEN i think to myself ahh!!
i don't know. 

have you read it? 
what did you think? 

3 comments

  1. Most of my thoughts exactly! I was laughing out loud at parts (which was awesome) but then it ended and I was like why did I not tear up at all. I hope the movie is better as well.
    Carlee

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  2. I really want to read this, I saw the trailer for the movie and it looks so cute! But that's too bad that it wasn't as great as it seemed. Maybe I won't waste my time and I'll just wait for the movie!

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    1. im definitely more excited for the movie. specially because of the already visible changes that they made in the movie.
      im really hoping its better!

      i have yet to see it but if ya do, let me know how it is!

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