Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

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.

This book may be about death, but it’s freaking hilarious.  I was literally laughing out loud.  There were so many funny quotes I couldn’t pick my favorites.  I liked how it was also about Greg and Earl’s adventures in making movies.  Greg was kind of sad, though, because he was so self deprecating.  Then again, I know how it feels to think you’re never good enough.  Anyway, I liked how some of the dialogue was written as if it were a movie script.  Greg seemed to be writing it as I was reading it, so that was fun too.

This wasn’t at all what I expected; I think I was looking for more parallels to The Fault in Our Stars.  The main premise of cancer was there, but that’s about it.  I really think Greg and Rachel could’ve made a cute couple.  The fact that they’re not cannon doesn’t mean I can’t ship them though.

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