TITLE: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
AUTHOR: Jesse Andrews
PUBLISHER: Amulet Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 3/1/2012
FORMAT: Hardcover (ISBN: 987-1-4197-0176-4)
SUMMARY (From Goodreads): Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia--cue extreme adolescent awkardness--but a parental mandate has been issues and must be obeyed. When Rachel stop treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I was really excited to pick this one up. I wanted to read it before the movie came out and I had heard it was funny.
This book was really strange. I didn't hate it, but I guess you could say it wasn't "my cup of tea." I expected a lot more going into this book because I had heard it was hilarious. I found it amusing at times, but I didn't laugh out loud at all while reading it.
I liked the parts in the story where Greg talks to us, the reader. It pulled me into the story more and made me feel like he was personally telling me a story.
CHARACTERS: I didn't really fall in love with any of the characters. I thought it was weird that Greg's mom forced him to hang out with a girl he essentially didn't even know.
COVER: Now the cover, I really do like. I was actually worried I wouldn't be able to get this cover because of the new cover that has come out along with the movie release. I'm not a fan of the yellow cover, but I love the one with all of the colors on it.