Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

by Jesse Andrews


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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

 Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time—when not playing video games and avoiding Earl’s terrifying brothers— making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don’t make them for other people. Until Rachel.
Rachel has leukemia, and Greg’s mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It’s a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.

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

"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and written by Jesse Andrews
U. S. GRAND JURY PRIZE: DRAMATIC and AUDIENCE AWARD: U.S. DRAMATIC winner at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419705328
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About 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 Los Angeles, California. This is his first novel. Visit him at

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's two dollars cheaper, better written, has more likable/believable characters, will make you laugh more, and is one of those remarkable books with cancer in them that doesn't treat the entire deal like saccharine tragedy porn. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the natural answer to TFIOS, and it outshines it in every way. For readers who didn't like TFIOS, particularly those who didn't like how terminal illness was handled in that text, read this one. You'll be better for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a high school English/Creative Writing teacher, I read many young adult books that my students have suggested or even simply mentioned in class. It just so happens this is one title my students had yet to mention. Upon the recommendation of the bookseller at BN, I decided to purchase it in the hopes that I would be able to share it with my students. Unfortunately, while the premise of the novel is amusing and the characters are mostly likeable, I found some of the content to be more adult in nature than I would feel comfortable with in regard to my students. Granted, they've all probably read, said,seen, etc., words or phrases like this before but I feel recommending this book as their English teacher would be rather inappropriate. Having said that, it was quite an entertaining read!
PaperTurtless More than 1 year ago
Light hearted and hilarious
KaylaEsther More than 1 year ago
In my valuable opinion, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews was a really fun read! It basically tells the story of Greg. Greg is now a senior and thinks that he knows everything about life. He believes he is separate from his “stupid” lower classmen, while truly he is very similar to all of them . Just as soon as he has it “all figured out,” his life starts falling apart! A girl in his class gets leukemia and his mother forces him to hang out with her and keep her company. Rachel (the dying girl) is also opposed to him hanging out with her at first. He soon starts to bond with her through a beautifully realistic story and creates a film for her with his best (and only) friend, Earl. It was amazing to see the thoughts and feelings that Greg went through with help of the first person point of view. I am not going to lie and say that this book was inspiring, life-changing or the best book I’ve ever read, but I definitely do recommend it if you want to feel something. It is a very youthful and down to Earth book. From the other things I know of Jesse Andrews, this book is not a long stray from his typical work. He has written other young- adult and coming of age books in the past. Keep in mind that I am just a teen and that’s honestly why I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend this to people ages 14 and up because it is a little frisky with the language choices at times, which is kind of expected with a realistic fiction novel about a senior in high school. If I were a parent, I would not read this to my kids, but it would be fine to just let them read it on their own, because if they read it with you, I promise that things will get very awkward, very fast. In general, this book really did pull at my heart strings. People in my family have gone through losing their partners to cancer, so this really hit close to home. It is a vulgarly told, but truly beautiful story that makes the reader want to experience a love just like Greg and Rachel. Definitely would reread and totally recommend to anyone who has enjoyed anything by John Green or anyone who likes romantic comedies.
YlaynaV More than 1 year ago
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a really great book! It was sad at times, but for the most part had a funny and playful vibe to it. One thing I really liked about the book was how Jesse Andrews made all of the characters realistic. In other books, authors make their characters so fantasy-like, but Andrews created characters that readers could relate to. Another aspect of the book that made me enjoy reading it was the format of the book. The way Jesse Andrews went from Greg’s thoughts to his conversations with people was so smooth. He also used different formats to show the different types of conversations Greg had with people such as in chapter 22, Andrews used bullet points to show Greg’s conversations with a few people. At other times, the author just used a different font from the font he used for Greg’s thoughts to show that Greg was talking to someone. When the author used a certain font to show Greg’s conversations, he wrote the conversation in a play script format where he would tell you the setting, the character speaking, and what the character was saying. Out of all the characters, Greg was my favorite. He was funny, carefree, and empathetic. Greg spent his first three years of high school studying the social society of Benson High School. He was very observant of how all of the students in school acted and he learned about all of the different groups of people there were in school. Greg also went the extra step of sorting out the popular people into levels and sub-levels in is head. Earl, Greg’s best friend and film-making partner, was always blunt and honest about everything. He likes to speak his mind about any topic and anything that he thinks of. Rachel was a sweet and smart girl who liked to hang out with Greg and Earl because she thought that they were funny and cool even though they did some dumb things every now and then. Greg and Earl always liked making horrible movies as a fun hobby. They even re-created one of their favorite movies called Aguirre, The Wrath of God. After Rachel became extremely sick and got admitted to a hospital, Greg and Earl decided to make a very challenging film, one about Rachel. Greg and Earl thought that their film wasn’t very up to standards but Rachel liked it and appreciated that they used so much of their time to make the film for her. While creating Rachel the Film, Greg got behind on his schoolwork, but decided that he would make it up later. He was so focused and invested in making Rachel the Film that for days, it was all he did after school. The making of Rachel the Film showed how much Greg and Earl cared about Rachel and how they are great friends, even though they didn’t know her too well. This book has its ups and downs but overall it is truly wonderful. I think that Jesse Andrews did a great job of making the characters so realistic and interesting. I was engaged with the lovely plot of this story as I read the entire book. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book that everyone should read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished it, still a little raw from all the emotion. But you have to read this book. It will move you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've ever read. People won't like it because's it's the truth.
codyroecker More than 1 year ago
With no expectations of this book, I picked it up at Powell's a few weeks ago and was blown away. This book is incredibly hilarious and moving. Greg Gaines is a character that has almost every thought imaginable and never ceases to surprise me. The way Jesse Andrews tells this tale is exceptional. The movie script formatting to the book gives it an extra flair and sets it apart from other novels of this caliber. I highly recommend this book and am beyond excited for the movie this summer. If you haven't read this, you need to. It is simply beautiful. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
IleahWalter More than 1 year ago
As stated previously, do not have any expectations when going into this book- simply take it at face value and for what it is. The reviews saying it has similarities to "The Fault In Our Stars", I feel, have totally missed the mark. It is it's own unique story, and to expect the same storyline as "Stars" is losing the value of the book. Keeping that in mind- this book made me FEEL. I was intrigued. I was disgusted. I was laughing out loud. I was heartbroken. This book makes you feel everything, and was completely worth the read. The characters were relatable and fun, and the storyline was interesting from start to finish. The humor of the book was one of the best parts and kept me page-turning for hours wondering what would be said next. Take the time to read this book- you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was, it sounded, poorly written on purpose. To make it sound more like a kid wrote it...? It wasn't the worst book I've read, but definitely glad I got it for like 2$ on my nook. It was ridiculous and choppy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book and the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the fast reading and unpredictable humor but was otherwise underwhelmed. The changes in narrating styles is odd and slightly distracting. Few redeeming features, not touching at all, and anticlimactic.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little funny. very fast read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was the best
StephanieFriend More than 1 year ago
I honestly thought this was going to be a "crying book" when my book club picked this for the month of May. My sights were not set very high going into this book. However, this book completely redeemed itself. It was a laugh out loud and hilarious book. I loved Earl and his brutal honest, I've never read a book that was set up in this particular format. Also, the idea of reading a book where one of the main characters has cancer was a drawback. As I said before, this was not a book about sappy crying and love lost and found. It was written from real life perspective and it was awesome. So much better than I expected!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only 12 and i understood and loved this book!!! ;) * - * * o * C;
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. Love the brutal honesty and way of thinking about people and death
18876111 More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book? Yes, but I didn't love it. It was a quick and easy read. I liked how there was some humor, and loved how some of it was written like a script. I found Greg's mother to be extremely annoying, I really didn't like her as a character at all. I felt like There should have been more to Greg and Rachel's friendship than there was. I also thought that Rachel was boring, I was expecting more out of her character. My favorite character was definitely Greg, he was funny, didn't take things too seriously. I also loved how he narrated the book. Even though I didn't love this book, I did enjoy the author's writing and will definitely be reading more from Jesse Andrews.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
Admittedly, I pursued this book after inadvertently encountering the trailer for the movie, the thought then being that I'd read the book and subsequently enjoy the movie. Unfortunately, the book (which is always better than the movie, right?), wasn't even as good as the trailer, which leaves me a bit lost, except to return the book and hope the next owner enjoys it more than did I. For older, crankier readers such as myself, I thought the character development was shallow, the humor never seemed really to connect, and the emotion was unengaging. But I treat my books well, so there will be a used book in excellent condition available at Powell's shortly...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this book to hand out on world book night. Kept a copy for myself to read and absolutely loved it! If you read/liked/enjoyed/loved TFIOS then you will LOVE this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yea the cancer factor was sad but the characters put a funny twist to it. It really made cry it was that funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cheated and watched the movie first and it was AMAZING!! I loved every second of it! I can't wait too read the book!