We have a guest post today from Addison M., a student in my class!
It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks he’s figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Greg’s mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Greg’s entire life. Fiercely funny, honest, heartbreaking-this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling “a touchstone for its generation” and “an instant classic.”
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is a good reminder that not every story has to have a happy ending, but it doesn’t have to have a serious mood throughout the entire book. The book has a great storyline and isn’t your typical book that is based in a high school environment. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl has its own very unique plot that would be hard to find a copy of.
I really enjoyed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl for many reasons. The book is about a serious topic, but there are a lot of comedic parts about this book that lighten the mood. This book also does not go over the same topic throughout the book. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl goes over many different subjects, like Earl and Greg’s movies, and Mr. McCarthy’s obsession with pho. I also really enjoy the fact that some of it is second person point of view and talks directly to the reader at some points. In conclusion, I really loved this book and would definitely read more books written by Jesse Andrews.