Thursday, June 21, 2012

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

You know how some books make you look like a crazy person when you read them in public? The type of books that you can't help but laugh out loud too, or even snort about. This is one of these books. I know you're probably saying to yourself, but this book features a girl with CANCER(!), how can you be snorting while reading it in public places? The best way to find out, is by reading it yourself.

Greg and his friend Earl are guys with no real crowd and Greg is especially proud of this fact. They are the dudes on the outside who can come and go as they please- or at least that's the line Greg is telling himself. Basically they are two friends who eat lunch in their teacher's classroom and entertain themselves by making movies. Movies that are for their eyes only, not for the public's eyes.

But, Greg's mom would like the two to expand their social circle to include a girl that Greg used to know from Hebrew School. Rachel has Leukemia and Greg's mom thinks that Greg should spend a little time with her now and cheer her up. Greg is SO incredibly inept at this task that it is hilarious and Rachel actually is cheered up by him. Soon Greg and Earl are both on the case of cheering up a girl that they only kind of know who finds them both hysterically funny.

Yes, Rachel has cancer, there are serious parts to this book. But it's also about one of those books where you can't help but laugh at the absurdity of everything. Earl is a scene stealer, the likes of which have not been seen since Tiny Cooper. Jesse Andrews knows what is behind the eyes of one very awkward, funny 17 year old and because of this you get one of the strangest and funniest narrators you'll come across.

Like this? Try one of these too:
12 Things to Do Before you Crash and Burn by James Proimos
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan


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