Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse AndrewsMe And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

byJesse Andrews

Hardcover | March 1, 2012

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New York Times Bestseller

The book that inspired the hit film!

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award
Sundance Grand Jury Prize
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.

Praise for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
“One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.”
Booklist, starred review

“A frequently hysterical confessional...Debut novelist Andrews succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a kid whose responses to emotional duress are entirely believable and sympathetic, however fiercely he professes his essential crappiness as a human being. Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“It is sure to be popular with many boys, including reluctant readers, and will not require much selling on the part of the librarian.”

"Mr. Andrews' often hilarious teen dialogue is utterly convincing, and his characters are compelling. Greg's random sense of humor, terrible self-esteem and general lack of self-awareness all ring true. Like many YA authors, Mr. Andrews blends humor and pathos with true skill, but he steers clear of tricky resolutions and overt life lessons, favoring incremental understanding and growth."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction
YALSA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults
YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Jesse Andrews is a writer, musician, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University and lives in Boston. This is his first novel. Visit him at
Title:Me And Earl And The Dying GirlFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 2012Publisher:Amulet BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419701762

ISBN - 13:9781419701764

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 1 out of 5 by from hated this book! I hated this book. The main character was whinny and clueless. The story itself kind of went nowhere. This book is boring, uneventful and frustrating.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love the book and the movie, definitely worth multiple reads
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't live up to the hype I didn't feel the characters really changed, the humour didn't click with me. Perhaps the movie adaptation was able to bring out the charm?
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from just alright Wasn’t a book I hated, but wasn’t a book I loved. At times, it was funny, but at others, the humour fell flat and redundant. Lack of character and plot development
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful novel! I don’t even know how to describe this book. How do I describe such an awesome novel? I guess I should probably just rant in a fangirly way and hope it turns out for the best. First and foremost, you all should know that this is a cancer novel. Now I know what you’re probably thinking: “how can a cancer book be awesome?!?!?!” Well, I’LL TELL YOU HOW I think that we need a little context before we get to the fangirling. First, we have a snarky and funny teenage boy named Greg. Greg and his best friend Earl spend their free time filming movies (in Greg’s house because Earl lives with all of his unsavory brothers). When not filming videos, Greg spends his time in school trying to stay ahead of the social game but pretending to belong in every group so he ends up not belonging in any social circle (if that makes sense). One day, Greg’s mom forces him to rekindle his friendship with Rachel, a girl he went to elementary scbool with, because she has just been diagnosed with Leukemia. Now here is where you are thinking: “Oh, so this will be an inspirational novel, right?” Well, the answer is yes and no. No, this is not your typical cancer book. Yes, it is inspiring on some level because it is SO REALISTIC. Not all cancer stories end in a big dramatic twist and epic romances. This book is just about Greg trying to deal with a semi-friend’s loss. I don’t know how to accurately review this book so I think I’ll just attempt to get you all to read #1- It is funny. This book is freakin’ hilarious. Greg was just an awesome character and I remember laughing so hard that I had to leave the room and go somewhere I can laugh without disturbing anyone. #2- The writing style. I love love LOVE the writing style. This book is written in a way that is addressed to the reader. I wouldn’t call it 2nd person but the book is written in a way that it is like Greg is addressing the readers. It’s so interesting and unique #3- The chapter titles. Examples are necessary. “Let’s Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”, “I Put the ‘Ass’ in ‘Casanova'”, “Earl Betrays Our Entire Creative Partnership When I Am Distracted by The Munchies”. #4- Earl. You must read to find this out. #5- Greg. I already talked about this enough, yes? #6- NO ROMANCE. Guys, there is no romance in this book. Is this a dream come true?! The answer is yes. #7- Realistic. This book is brutally honest. There is not fluffy clouds or covering up. A girl has cancer and terrible things happen but IT IS HONEST. #8- Movies. So many movies, it might as well be a cinema. (I tried at puns, ok?!) Anyway, I got a little side-tracked but my point is: READ THIS BOOK. NOW!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Giggled twice... I. don't. get. the. hype. Hilarious? this is not. The humour in this book I would have to say is for a toddler.. To laugh out loud about barf in a high school cafe? I can tell you 100% teenage girl would not laugh about that. I should know, being a girl and once a teenager. I have not seen or ever met a teenager who would laugh at something so stupid at such age actually. "alien barf for lunch"... did you laugh? When the author kept telling me while reading this book that I must have a brain fungus for actually reading this book, I didn't believe that the book would actually be targeted to people who had brain fungus... I hate to be saying negative things about a book but I still don't get it. Why?? What was the point of this book. There wasn't enough character development or any connection made to Rachel, the dying girl that when she died it didn't really matter. I get this book was about Greg and his life with Earl and the dying girl. Earl's brothers annoyed the F out of me, hows a family so violent? This is a book about Greg telling the reader about bits of his life. Earl is mentioned and so is the dying girl, Rachel. The one thing I did enjoy was the script dialogue, that was fun. 2 out of 5 stars. The humor was flat. Why do people think this book is so funny? Let me know in the comments below please!
Date published: 2014-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud funny! ‘Me and Early and the Dying Girl’ was written by Jesse Andrews and originally published in March 2012 by Harry N. Adams. The story is told by Greg Gaines a teenage boy in his senior year of high school. He prides himself on blending into each group/clique at school and basically being invisible in school. He might be friendly with everyone, but his only friend is Earl with whom he makes and remakes movies. When a school mate, Rachel is diagnosed with leukemia Greg’s mother essentially forces him to become friends with her. Greg abandons his invisibility to befriend Rachel and strives to make her laugh. While undergoing her chemotherapy Earl lends their movies to Rachel so that she has something to do. When she finally abandons her treatments Greg and Earl decide to make a movie dedicated to Rachel to get her through this tough time. It quickly becomes the worst movie that they have ever made however they learn about themselves from making this movie. Going into this book I thought it would be similar to John Greene’s ‘The Fault in our Stars’ which I had recently finished and loved. From the get go you realize that these books have little in common besides both being about cancer. This book is very unique first of all it is hilarious! Greg is a very self-deprecating character. It was cool that the story is told in first person narrative and I liked that Greg actually talks to the reader like asking them why they are still reading and being surprised if anyone would actually be able to finish the entire book. There were instances in the book when I would actually burst out laughing. I’m pretty sure I looked weird on the bus during my commute as I chuckle and try to hide my laughs from this book. Especially if people see the title; they were probably thinking why is this girl laughing about a dying girl?? I couldn’t believe that there could be so many jokes about pillows, and how can accidentally getting high not be hilarious? I also really liked that the story is told in different formats first person narrative, screenplays, lists, bullet points. It really made the story which is already fast paced really fly by. The book is also short so someone could easily finish it in a sitting or day. I enjoyed the normality of the characters. They seemed like they were people you could actually find at the local high school and all the groups he describes seem very familiar from my time in school. The story might have had cancer in it, but it really wasn’t the focal point of the story. It was more about the relationships between the characters. The story and the characters are awkward and I loved them for it. One more thing I really liked the way that the cover was designed. I love the bright colors and how you can see the main characters, and how it ties into the chapter heads. So needless to say I really enjoyed this story. I would definitely recommend this to friends in the future. Check out my blog for more book reviews it's pretty awesome!!
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Teen Review from Esther's Ever After I don't read a lot of comedy books. I mean, some of the novels that I've read have been funny, but comedy has not been their primary objective. I wasn't really quite sure of what to expect when I started. To my surprise Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was quite funny while still a bit sad at the same time. Reasons to Read: 1.Comedy: I have to say that some of the comedy in this book is a tad innappropriate. When I read jokes like that, I was worried that the whole book would only be funny because of those kind of jokes. I found, though, that there were other kinds of humour. The main character, Greg, was particularly funny. His dialogue added to the whole thing and made the situations seem crazier and the people just hilarious. I did find myself laughing outloud at some of the jokes that were made as I was reading it. I think that there's different kinds of humour for everyone. 2.Characters: The main characters in this book are really fleshed out. A couple pages are dedicated to most of the main characters when they first appear, and again, Greg's commentaries are really funny. Each characters has a reason for acting the way they do. We get to know their little quirks and flaws, and we know their past. You can definetly tell how the past affected each one to make them into the person they were. I was really impressed how a comedic book was able to make such fairly complex characters. This book was actually a lot better than I was anticipating. The dialogue was funny, the situations were funny, the whole book was funny! While I will admit that some parts of the book just seemed kind of unnecessary, it was pretty good overall. I definitely reccomend this to anyone who really likes comedy books, or is just looking for something a bit different. ARC received from Manda Group for review.
Date published: 2012-06-20