Contributor Book Review of ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Review by: Noelle Simonson

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Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

This is the book you read when you want an honest, brutal, overly realistic narration of someone you know dying from cancer.

Greg is not the narrator I was expecting when I started reading this, but I realized that he was the narrator I needed. Greg showed compassion very rarely throughout this story, and only when he needed to for his own advantage. Rachel, the dying girl, is thrown into his life when he least expects and definitely when he wants it least. He shows very little remorse to her situation; making jokes to make her laugh but to also make him feel better about himself just by being her friend.

It sounds like I didn’t like Greg, but I honestly loved him. He was so different from the emotional, expressive Hazel Grace Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars that it was a breath a fresh air I desperately needed.

If you read this, prepare to be angry at Greg during the majority of the book, but also be prepared to understand that he never wanted to be friends with Rachel, that he is selfish and only concerned about his well-being and that is simply who he is. And he doesn’t change, even after she dies. He may be somewhat more compassionate towards Earl and towards the “friends” in his life from that moment forward, but it won’t be very obvious. Greg is Greg. That is what makes him the perfect narrator and that is what makes this book so devastatingly hilarious.

8.5/10 would recommend.

You can purchase Me and Earl and the Dying Girl here.

Noelle Simonson graduated from Central Washington University with a B.A. in English: Professional and Creative Writing. She is an avid book reader and movie watcher, as she has always been interested in stories out of this world. Noelle’s life goal is to embody Audrey Hepburn’s class and April Ludgate’s sass. Stay tuned for more of Noelle’s book reviews.

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