“Ok. I'm a bit ambivalent about this one. I really enjoyed the first half. Greg was funny and engaging, but I found his self-deprecating humour a little wearing as the novel progressed. The last half left me a little cold, and I wanted to know more about Rachel. In actual fact, I got tired of Greg's introspection (it's all about ME!! -even though he protested too much) and found the whole thing pretty pointless and unemotional. How does Rachel not even earn a mention in the title of this book?. But that may be the point - the shallowness of adolescence. Not memorable.”Maree M wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love the main character.”Meghan M wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I appreciated the light-hearted way of writing a story about cancer and dying. It was witty and real all wrapped in one. ”Florence C wrote this review Tuesday, November 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Perks" meets "Before I Die" in this funny, weird, incredibly moving story about a girl dying of leukemia and her reluctant friend, the mc. Not for the younger crowd, as the humor is scathing and bf Earl is vile and raw (and hilarious). This is the rare YA book that is self-aware and thus defies the traditional, predictable plot turns. Read it and experience something truly fresh.”BE Kelley wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“some parts, I laughed til I cried!”Niki wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Jesse Andrews did a fantastic job with this book.Who would have thought that a book about two teenage boys and a dying girl could be so hilarious? Andrews gives us such an honest voice in Greg Gaines and Earl that although the book is about their "friendship" with Rachel who was recently diagnosed with cancer, in truth it is about the workings of a teenage boys mind and his attempt to deal with life in high school. Insightful! ”Carolyn F wrote this review Monday, July 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Many books claim to be funny; few actually are. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is one of the few. Everyone should read it.”Emily R wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely loved this book. I loved how it was written in different formats at parts and we were in the mind of Greg for the whole thing. It was sad when Rachel died, but I was glad that Greg and Earl kind of worked it out and then Greg "wrote" this book to convince colleges to take him. I would definitely read this book again. It was fantastic. ”Courtney J wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yuck. I have seriously never read a book with that many f words or references into the sexuality of teen boys.
The plot could have been promising. A different view on death... a teen who is just average and trying to survive highschool socialization...
But instead of fleshing out the characters, our dear author spent the majority of these pages trying to shock us with his offensive language and gross out sex texts.
Well, it worked. I'm shocked and disgusted and left to wonder what the Green Mountain Book Award committee saw in this book...
I understand that librarians like to uncensor things and flaunt our right to free speech, but this award is supposed to be about encouraging teens to read books that will shape them as people. That will make them think, make them dream, make them act. What does this book do?”
“This is not your typical girl-dies-of-cancer but she first finds love/makes a difference in the world/makes everyone around her feel they are better people for knowing her story. Greg Gaines is a senior in high school and has successfully made it this far in high school without standing out, not being a part of any one group but making all groups think he is a part of their group, and making films with Earl, his one kind of friend. This all changes, however, when Rachel, the daughter of his mother's friend and Greg's classmate, gets leukemia. Greg's mother decides he needs to be a friend to her during this time and makes him give her a call. This is all told as Greg writes the story down in a way that is very typical of a seventeen high schooler. LOTS of foul language. HS.”Glenda H wrote this review Saturday, June 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No