Teen Review: Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl

Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Release Date ~ March 1, 2012
Harry N. Abrams Publishing
ISBN13: 9781419701764
ARC received for review
Goodreads Synopsis:
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.
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.

  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.

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Christina Kit. said...

I was rather hesitant to pick this up, mostly because the girl's dying and after John Greens The Fault in Our Stars I really didn't feel like bawling all over the place again.

So I'm really happy you found the humor good - and I know what you mean about character depth in comedy - sometimes it's overlooked but in this case if the author managed to really put together a team of great well thought-out characters no wonder the humor is good:)

I especially like what you said about really connecting with Greg's commentary and his outlook - it's always a credit to the author when the character's voice and outlook is so unique we see through his eyes.

Thanks for the review!

Good luck with all your schoolwork:)

ccfioriole at gmail dot com

Angkarina said...

Thank you for the review, I think I'll pass on this one, mainly because I don't really like comedy books, I prefer watching a comedy movie rather than reading it.

angkarina_angkasuwan at hotmail dot com

franchie15 said...

I wasn't able to read this through NetGalley because I was busy in school! But now, I think it's not really for me. Though I enjoy comedy books, there are times that I'll just end up not liking it because of the jokes! Thanks for an honest review, Dorian! I'm glad you kind of liked it. :)


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