I know my review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl will probably not be well received, but I really do want to give my honest opinion of how I felt upon completing the book. How I rate books is entirely if I like it or not. I take into consideration the plot, the characters, the feeling I get from the story in general, and all the other things people love/hate about books. I was really looking forward to this book because lots of people rave about it. I’ve even listened to some Booktubers recommend it as their favorite book.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about a high schooler named Greg and his friend (?) Earl and an old girlfriend (?) of Greg’s who has leukemia. Keep in mind that those question mark are there for a reason. Greg, who narrates insists that he doesn’t have any friends, in fact he makes sure that he doesn’t. He feels that high school will flow much easier not really belonging to any one clique. He goes into great detail about it in fact. So he really only considers Earl a business partner of sorts. Greg and Earl, the business partner, make amateur films. They actually don’t turn out to be anything special other than the one they make for Rachel (the Dying Girl). Not that it turns out well, it just becomes a big deal that they actually made a film for her.
My thoughts: While I was happy it was not another The Fault in Our Stars it was rather lacking. I felt that a big part of the book was spent setting up the high school cliques (that Greg didn’t want any part of), Greg’s failed attempts at a girlfriend as far back as he can remember, the list of the crappy films he and Earl made, and the forced “friendship” between Greg and Rachel because of the leukemia. Other than that I felt like Greg was constantly questioning my resolve to even finish the book. He often questioned whether I was actually still reading or not. While there were some moments that I appreciated, I just didn’t know what I read. I thought, “Is that the end?”
There is a movie being made and I do want to go see it. It’s going to feature Thomas Mann as Greg and Olivia Cooke as Rachel. I love, love, love Olivia Cooke! Maybe this time the movie will be better than the book….wow, did I just say that?!
Characters: 2 Setting: 2 Plot: 2 Conflict/Purpose: 3 Resolution/Outcome: 1
I rated Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2/5 stars.