Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition)

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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 ...
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Overview


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
STARRED REVIEW
“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

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.”
VOYA

"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

Awards
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
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419719608
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: 4/21/2015
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 43,497
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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 Brooklyn, New York, which is almost as good as Pittsburgh. This is his first novel. Visit him online at www.jesseandrews.com.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    Very Humorous! Laugh Out Loud Funny!

    Don't start this book with any expectations and you'll thoroughly enjoy it. The language is vulgar, but not too terribly distracting, since you're reading from first person perspective. I found myself laughing out loud when reading this book. I was reading quotes and passages to anyone who would listen. Although this book has a character that has Leukemia, this is not the main story line. It's more a story about a boy's journey in discovering himself during his senior year. I did tear up at the end, but I cry watching Hallmark commercials. I enjoyed Greg's character, and yes you wanted to smack him around a couple of times, but guess what...that's what helped build his character's story. Was it profound? No. Was is didactic? No. What is WAS...was wonderful! Could this book have been better? Sure...but I think I like the fact that it wasn't very heavy-handed. Take a chance and read this book. As a mom, I wouldn't let my young teen kids read this, but definitely I would let my older teens read it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    I was really excited to start Me & Early & The Dying Girl, as I heard great reviews for it. The synopsis was very intriguing as well, and I honestly just love sad endings. As I started reading the book, it was apparent that the book was going to be a funny one. I liked Jesse's writing style, he made the characters sound so real. Greg, the main protagonist, was really funny at first. His points of view, and how he sees things was just very different than any other character I read about.
    After reading more, I got a bit annoyed. The amount of swear words in the book was uncountable. I really don't mind if it was once or twice, but it was up to five times in every single page. I mean, come on, use some decent words. His friend Earl was really annoying as well. His thoughts and the way he thought about things was just disgusting to me.
    Rachel was probably the only normal character in the book. She wasn't naggy or annoying either. She got Leukemia, and was fine with it. I honestly didn't cry in this book, even though I do know some people actually did. I just felt like the whole story was too laid back and random to be taken seriously. I guess some people would actually enjoy this book, but it just wasn't all that for me.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

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    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

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    Curses more than Ron Weasly but an awesome book!!!!!! XD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    Be very careful who you suggest this book to. It is filled with

    Be very careful who you suggest this book to. It is filled with the F word and potty talk and gross comments about female body parts - you name it. Definitely geared for the junior high crowd, but so crass I sure wouldn't put it in their hands. Yes, it was laugh out loud funny - but only if you like toilet humor. The characters were so real I thought I was listening to conversations in the hall of my high school. But very very crude language. Makes me sad for young adult literature.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2015

    In the beginning of the book theres a character name greg and he

    In the beginning of the book theres a character name greg and he has 1 friend. The main characters are Greg Gaines, Earl Jackson, Rachel. Greg is shy and only has 1 best friend and that is earl. they were friends since childhood. earl is smart but he smokes a lot. Rachel is smart and nerdy but she has Leukemia. the main conflict is when Rachel gets cancer.  Greg and Rachel become friends and they start hanging everywhere and people get to think the wrong idea.            
      I liked the plot and the characters and it was easy and funny cause it had a lot of teenage things.   one example is when Greg and Rachel's friends start laughing because Greg made fun of somebody.  another example is when Greg is at Rachel's house and he starts talking doing a pillow. the final example is when greg and earl are hanging out and earl starts to smoke.  the only thing i dont like is he uses the same words over an over.  i would recommend this book  for teenagers and older because he talks about sex, drugs, and bad language  but its funny and easy to read for everyone.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

    For the most part this book was quite interesting and comical bu

    For the most part this book was quite interesting and comical but as I neared the end of the story I quickly realized the book's lack of substance. The story started off with a slow start and carried on with a weak plot line where nothing really happens.I finnished what I thought was going to be an ok book feeling unchanged after reading it. Jesse Andrews created some interesting and unique characters but failed to do much with them. Rachel (the dying girl ) was practically the reason for the story yet she barley had a personality or impact on the other characters. Had the potential to be a great story but failed to incorporate character growth and good material

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    A very quick read. I am usually not the type to read a book in o

    A very quick read. I am usually not the type to read a book in one sitting but I finished this one in a matter of hours. After finishing it, I felt nothing. No affinity to the characters or the book itself. I appreciate the honesty of the main character but that's about it. There was no moral to the story, no emotions I felt, and not a strong plot. 
     I'm not saying they had to fall in love and have an epic romance but the ending seemed unfinished and nothing was resolved.  Was not a huge fan. Slightly humorous at times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    I've recommended this book to all my friends who love John Green

    I've recommended this book to all my friends who love John Green (Which is alot!). An amazing book in the "cancer genre." 
    If you love TFIOS, then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    It seemed like most books I read this summer had someone dying.

    It seemed like most books I read this summer had someone dying. This is the funniest one. No a lot to not like about Jesse Andrews' writing. He knows when to keep it light, and when to take it serious. Great read.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

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    a must read

    a must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    This is a GREAT book!

    Definetly read it! I would not recomend it for >13 because on 1 page the f word was said almost 20 times. I was reading this in class and laughing almost every page. Its a great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

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    I did like this book

    I did like this book

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    One of the worst books I ever read. There wasn't really even a p

    One of the worst books I ever read. There wasn't really even a plot. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Wonderful and captivating!

    A beautiful adventure of love, acceptance, and how far you have to go to realize the true meaning of peace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    HILARIOUS!

    I loved it

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    I don't read a lot of comedy books. I mean, some of the novels

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Hysterical

    OK, well being a kid everything is funny to me. I just started the book and read the authors note and he spoke about stupid one line description and with the following paragraph started with Barf! (meaning that he hated that crap) I recommend this book to everybody. Timeto read something different than Fifty Shades of Grey!!!!! LOL

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    I thought this book was going to be a heart-warming tear-jerker.

    I thought this book was going to be a heart-warming tear-jerker. I was wrong. Let me start by saying, if you don't want to read a book full of cursing and crude sexual references, then this isn't the book for you.


    Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a hilarious book about an awkward teenage boy named Greg and the things he deals with in his life, including disease and death. He is the boy at school who is friends with everyone - he has the whole "school hierarchy system" worked out. First day back to school of his senior year, his mum tells him that his ex-girlfriend Rachel, from Hebrew school, has got a rare form of leukemia - and he has to be friends with her. This starts an awkward friendship between the two.


    This book isn't really about death. It isn't overly about Greg dealing with death. It doesn't really have a plot line - which is a refreshing change. Although, Greg's wisecracks and self-deprecation did get slightly tiresome, the way it's written, with bullet points and film script conversations makes for a fantastic read!

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    Posted August 12, 2014

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