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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Book Review by Quinn S., 8th Grade
Ages: 15+
Page Count: 245
Addictive Rating: 7/11

“Just to summarize: I lurched into Rachel’s room like a zombie, freaking her out, then went for a fist pound. It is impossible to be less smooth than Greg S. Gaines.”

This might have been the first book that I’ve read that can make me laugh almost every page. It’s hilarious. It’s about a rather odd high school senior that happens to be best friends with a below-average height black kid, and suddenly his ex-girlfriend gets cancer. His mom makes him hang out with the girl, and they start to develop a strong friendship. I loved this book, and being that it is a book that revolves around comedy, I thought it was hilarious. Raunchy, Superbad-like humor meets a book. Yeah.

Although this book is funny, Andrews is able to give it a strong plot and even some deep lessons along the way. But the best examples of seriousness in this book all seem to contain spoilers, and since I’m a nice guy and I want you to read this book, I won’t throw them in. You’re welcome. Andrews is also able to bring that sense of truth into his comedy, and if you look deep enough, the meaning and lesson of it all. And while humor is the main topic in this book, it also has hints of sadness, truth, and friendship.

What rocked: the fact that you can relate to all of it, the humor, and Andrews’s ability to make a joke, stick with it, and keep it funny, for paragraphs, even chapters at that.

What didn’t rock: It’s kind of depressing. The book is about a girl that’s drying with cancer for God’s sakes. The comedy certainly does make it better, but it’s still sad.

I can recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a laugh, anyone who’s looking for some fun with reading, and especially those who don’t really like reading. I have a couple of friends who aren’t really the type to read in their free time, and they loved it.

IMPORTANT: This book does have a healthy serving of language and explicit themes in it. If it were a movie, it would be rated R. Just a heads-up for those who don’t particularly enjoy that type of thing.

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