Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781613123065
Characteristics: text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Greg has spent is entire life trying to be invisible, when his mom forces him to be friends with a girl dying of leukemia. And then there's also Earl. Really funny, sarcastic, written in a mix of styles, this book is a surprisingly lighthearted treatment of a serious topic.

Greg and Earl are forced to spend time with a classmate recently diagnosed with leukemia. Will their lives change for the better or just stay the same as usual.


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Abigail_1
Aug 03, 2017

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of those books that you either love it or despise it. For me, it eventually got really boring and it's just not a novel that I was motivated to finish reading.

laurauk Apr 08, 2017

16+ Adult content and vulgarity. Teenager Greg Gaines is guilt-ed into spending time with Rachel, a girl dying from leukemia. Absurd (in a hilarious way) honest and non formulaic. A sarcastic response to The Fault in Our Stars!

0Charlie Mar 07, 2017

Unfortunately, the tone of the main character got a bit tiresome after a while. And, with the main character actually saying that there is no deeper meaning or message in this work, I was hard pressed to find a good reason for having read this work. I did like the fact that there is a comment at the end that this book would never be made into a movie since I picked up this work because I have seen the film advertised.

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darladoodles
Feb 08, 2017

I found the snarky tone of the first-person narrative to be quite entertaining, but the profanity was too pervasive and definitely knocked down my review.

This is my own personal level of acceptance and I am well aware that it varies for other readers. I am intrigued enough to see the movie.

IanH_KCMO Sep 29, 2016

Heartfelt, heartbreaking, and one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life. I know that seems like a weird combination of feelings, but it makes thems the breaks when you have a book that gives you ALL THE FEELS.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2016

I loved this book. It was funny, yet emotional and now holds a special place in my heart. I loved how realistic it was and how it was something you would expect to see in real life. It did not give me any false expectations for what the real world is like. This story reminded me of the Fault in Our Stars, however it just seemed more real and like and actual story - not a fiction one. Overall I feel it was a very well written novel and I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Rating : 4.5/5
- @potterhead of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

A welcome edition into the new teen craze of sick-lit - AKA, usually offensive novels aimed towards teenagers that romanticize diseases, most commonly cancer - Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is absolutely hilarious. Following a teenage boy, Greg, who's mom forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl dying of leukemia, Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is unflinching at its realistic telling of how cancer affects and hurts those who have it, and those who know someone who has it. However, it is not an overtly sad book: Greg's commentary on his view of the world is irreverent and uproarious, and some of the situations he finds himself in fall straight into the category of cringe comedy. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is absolutely recommended for those who are tired of looking at the stars. Hint, hint.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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icchank
Aug 10, 2016

Not only did this book have me doubling over laughing every other page, it really put a whole new perspective on the whole "girl dying" thing. It was very different, and I loved every moment of it.

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kisanet18
Aug 04, 2016

This book was HILARIOUS. I was cracking up laughing literally every other page or so. I loved the characters, I loved the unique formatting (there were lists and screenplay excerpts and the way the main character addressed the reader--it was very different, and very cool) and again, I LOVED the humor!

JCLBeckyC Jul 07, 2016

Everyone unfairly compares this book to The Fault In Our Stars, which is a good book but formulaic and unbelievable in parts (I'm looking at you, Van Houten), but not nearly as good as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which felt less like reading a book and more like entering inside the mind of the funny, awkward, self-critical, charming, completely believable main character, Greg.

This book is funny. Cancer is not funny. Young girls dying of cancer is especially not funny. Life is too short and too many people suffer unfairly and there's nothing that those of us who survive can do about it except be real and open and honest about it. And, if you're a funny guy, that includes getting us to laugh. This book is about what happens when a funny guy who has never experienced death up-close faces it fully. That sounds like a major downer, a major suck-fest. But it's not. The only thing that sucks about this book is the way that Greg sucks us in from page one. Highly recommended for teens and adults.

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frannie_26
Jul 06, 2016

I love this story; it is creative and witty. Though many may compare it to "The Fault in Our Stars", by John Green, it is very original and made my passion to become a film director even greater.

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NWPLindabear
Dec 11, 2016

NWPLindabear thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99

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SweetDaisy
Aug 27, 2016

SweetDaisy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 22

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Aug 01, 2016

ecarr1212 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

jws714 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 18

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LilyShieldss
Jan 30, 2016

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lisatofts
Jul 24, 2015

lisatofts thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 15 and 99

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Leena_Dahmani
Jul 08, 2015

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journeyfehr
Jun 21, 2015

journeyfehr thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 21 and 69

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LilyShieldss
Jan 30, 2016

Coarse Language: Unless you speak like this it is quite surprising

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lisatofts
Jul 24, 2015

Coarse Language: You need to read this book as a teenage boy. Or be around teenagers - most of them speak this way (if not worse).

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Leena_Dahmani
Jul 08, 2015

Sexual Content: Sexual references are made often and can get quite uncomfortable. I found that they were used too much and were just unnecessary.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jul 08, 2015

Other: This book can get insensitive to others, like cultures, beliefs etc.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jul 08, 2015

Coarse Language: Curse words are used often and distract from the rest of the story to be honest.

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“When you convert a good book to a film. stupid things happen”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

I'm talking about sentences like this:

The cancer had taken her eyeballs, yet she saw the world with more clarity than ever before.

Barf. Forget it. For me personally, things are in no way more meaningful because I got to know Rachel before she died. If anything, things are less meaningful. All right?”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn't really hit you, and then when it does, that's when you feel like sh*t

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

"It's like when a kitten tries to bite something to death. The kitten clearly has the cold-blooded murderous instinct of a predator, but at the same time, it's this cute little kitten, and all you want to do is stuff it in a shoebox and shoot a video of it for grandmas to watch on YouTube.”

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Leena_Dahmani
Jul 08, 2015

If after reading this book you come to my home and brutally murder me, I do not blame you.

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fionamarchetto
Jun 23, 2016

Victoria Frankenstein and her best friend Owen Bloch have been working on reanimating animals in hope of good results for their high school science project. They’ve gone through several incarnations of Mr. Bubbles with no results. Then, one day, while Victoria was driving down the highway, Owen texted her the word “Eureka”. The universal code of scientists of a massive breakthrough. Victoria glanced at her phone for only two seconds, she hits a boy. Not just grazed, but killed. Not knowing what else to do, Victoria picked him off of the ground, put him in her car and drove him back to her house where she called Owen and they attempt to reanimate the boy. What a miracle! It works! Now all they have to do is get him to blend into life at High School. Everyone, this is; Adam Smith.

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Leena_Dahmani
Jul 08, 2015

Greg Gaines' kind of, not really, not so ex-girlfriend is diagnosed with Leukemia. Greg and his only friend Earl start a film project to help her get through this tough time. This story follows their journey and how life's hardships play out.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Smartass Greg Gaines has high school all figured out, to the point where he blends in seamlessly, A member of all groups and none. The only person approaching a real friend for Greg is Earl, the perpetually angry member of a large and dysfunctional family. Greg and Earl make bad films together in their spare time. But then, one day, Greg's mother tells him that Rachel Kushner, a former friend, has leukaemia and that he should call her -- and he does. This changes his entire life, although, as Greg himself is quick to point out, he really doesn't learn much of anything.

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