Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Pub Date: March 2012
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This was actually the first book I snagged at BEA 2015, so it is very special to me. Unfortunately, I saw the movie (which my friend Paul reviewed) before finishing the book so it took me awhile to get through it. I believe that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl can only be appreciated by people who realize that life can’t always be romanticized.
Jesse Andrews created a story that is not only humorous, but also raw and realistic. He wasn’t afraid of showing the ugly parts of life and that, in my opinion, was a huge risk. We live in a world where reality shows aren’t even real and practically every story has a happily ever after. It was refreshing to read a book with real characters that have modern day problems. Greg is selfish, he only thinks about what makes him happy, or sad, or guilty and barely takes anyone else’s emotions into account. Rachel isn’t a super positive cancer patient that values every second she has. Sure she laughed, but she also cries and yells. Earl, probably one of my favorite characters, had more problems than the average person can comprehend and he reacted pretty well to them.
My absolute favorite thing about this book has to be the fact that it wasn’t a story about cancer, it was a story about friendship- REAL friendship and all the baggage it comes with. It was both funny and sad, but in the end you realize that life happens and all you can do is move on and make the best of it.