Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. I went into reading this book expecting to cry at the end, only to be pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing. Andrews did a fantastic job turning a topic that would normally be just plain depressing into a depressing, but also relatable, story.
At the beginning of his senior year in high school, Greg Gaines wants nothing more then to fly under the radar and continue making less than mediocre films with his best friend Earl Jackson. He fully intends to see this plan through until his mom tells him of a girl in his grade, Rachel, who’s dying of Leukemia. The book follows both Greg and Earl’s journeys as they befriend and get to know the dying girl.
Right off the bat, I knew that this wasn’t gonna be John Green type book that’d have me in tears periodically through out and have me slowly falling in love with protagonist. I did not expect to have the complete opposite reaction by laughing and nearly hating the main character. In the book’s forward Greg starts off by saying “I learned nothing from Rachel’s Leukemia,” and not surprisingly continues to have little to no emotions towards Rachel’s condition.
The authors choice to not spend every chapter of the book talking about Rachel’s disease, but to spend quite a lot of time on Greg’s horrible luck with girls and his relationship with Earl, easily allows me to give this book a 8/10.