This definitely is not your typical YA (Young Adult) novel and that’s what makes it so unique!
Greg Gaines is a high school senior who has somehow managed to maneuver around all the usual cliques without becoming a part of them. Of course, such a feat means that he’s had to remain relatively friendless throughout high school.
His only somewhat friend is smart mouthed Earl. Greg and Earl originally bonded over video games then later became obsessed with watching badly made movies. It wasn’t long before they decided to make their own movies.
Of course, all of their movies are so terrible that they refuse to let anyone watch them.
Then, one confusing day, Greg’s mom tells him that a former Hebrew school classmate, Rachel, has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia. Greg doesn’t know how to react, not because he has any feelings towards Rachel but because he has never really had any kind of relationship or friendship with her.
Greg’s mom then insists he spend as much time as possible with Rachel. Greg is reluctant but really has no say in the matter.
And so begins the forging of an awkward friendship between Rachel and Greg, with Earl’s unique brand of humor thrown in every now and then.
I really enjoyed this book! The writing style is great and I found both Greg and Earl easily relatable. I mean, I too was once an immature wise cracking teenage boy. Now, I’m an immature wise cracking adult. Ha, ha!
Rachel seemed to be more of a motherly type figure in that she eventually gets to watch Greg and Earl’s terrible movies then insists that they are not terrible and worthy of praise.
The ending is sad but both boys do gain a greater appreciation for life. Even though Greg makes sure to point out that he learned nothing.
I believe everyone should read this book at least once!
I give Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 5 out of 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐