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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Andrews, Jesse (2013) Paperback (edition 1900)

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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.
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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From the book jacket: ME My name is Greg Gaines. I am seventeen. I am the one who wrote this book. … EARL Earl Jackson is the only person who is even sort of my friend. We make mediocre films together. … DYING GIRL During my senior year, my mom forced me to become friends with a girl who had cancer. This brought about the destruction of my entire life.

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I wish this had brought about the destruction of this book. He comes off as being about 10 years old, not seventeen. His “humor” is juvenile, mostly related to bathroom and bodily functions. His attempts at self-deprecation were just sad and sometimes even disturbing. I kept reading because it had some rave reviews, and I thought it might get better. (It didn’t.) I finished it only because it satisfied a few challenges.

A complete waste of time, IMHO. ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 19, 2024 |
Overly crude but often hilarious. I'm not sure what I was supposed to get out of it other than the true nature of a teenage boy. Which is to say (and often said in the book), no deeper meaning.
  Tom_Wright | Oct 11, 2023 |
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is such a unique read with it's mix of story telling in typical paragraph format but also in screen-writing/script format.

This book hit hard. My Dad had the same kind of cancer "The Dying Girl" has and I honestly didn't realize this was going to be a book with cancer in it. Yeah, I should have known (what else was a teenager likely going to die from?), but boy... This one hit right in the heart.

Regardless, this is an interesting contemporary tale of friends making memories together. It's a tough read emotionally, and it's kind of "make the best of what you can" kind of story. There's incredible sarcasm and horrible humour, and also lots of introspection near the end of when death really hits you. You can tell this book is just about kids in a really crappy situation.

Don't expect a love story. This is just a book about kids being kids.

Three out of five stars. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
That was really funny. Dark funny. Easy read without have a bad writing style. Actually no writing style at all. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Jul 18, 2023 |
4.9/5 ( )
  jarrettbrown | Jul 4, 2023 |
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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.

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Egy ​​kis barátságba még nem halt bele senki.
Greg Gaines, a különc kamasz mindent megtesz, hogy bármelyik iskolai társaságban elvegyüljön, vagyis láthatatlan maradjon. Egyetlen barátja van, Earl, akivel kultikus művészfilmekért rajonganak, és szabadidejükben nagy lelkesedéssel és minimális tehetséggel újraforgatják a kedvenceiket.
Egy nap az édesanyja ráveszi Greget, hogy élessze újra barátságát Rachellel.
Rachelnél leukémiát diagnosztizáltak, és Greg eleve hadilábon áll a lányokkal, de anyja utasításának kénytelen engedelmeskedni. Ráadásul, hogy felvidítsa Rachelt, Earllel kamerát ragad, és így nem csak a valaha készült legrosszabb film születik meg, hanem fordulópont jön el mindannyiuk életében.

Jesse Andrews Pittsburghben született, de sok helyen élt már San Sebastiántól Berlinen át Los Angelesig. Regényíró, zenész és forgatókönyvíró. A Harvardon végzett, később írt úti beszámolókat, dolgozott idegenvezetőként és egy német diákszálló recepciósaként. Az Én meg Earl, és a csaj, aki meg fog halni az első regénye.
https://www.libri.hu/konyv/jesse_andre...
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