Greg tries to befriend everyone in high school, and in trying to do so, gains none; which makes his total number of friends exactly zero. Don’t misunderstand this, he doesn’t have any enemies either. This is exactly the way Greg likes it. He is a part of all the crowds, but not deeply immersed in any of them. Thus, no friends.
Earl is Greg’s one kind-of-sort-of friend. The only reason they still hang out is that they kind-of-sort-of bonded over a movie and now make movies together. Bad movies. Like, really bad movies. Earl is always angry, is very profane, and enjoys eating strange foods. The dying girl’s name is Rachel. She has leukemia. Greg’s mom guilts Greg into spending time with Rachel. This brings about a turning point in Greg’s life, and not a good one.
This book is hilarious. I was laughing the entire time. This may sound terrible, I mean, it’s about a dying girl, how is that funny? The truth is, it’s not, but Greg is. Greg is so socially awkward, it’s funny. And if his social mishaps aren’t making you laugh, then his jokes will. Some of them are really funny, but others are funny only because he’s being stupid (in a good way).
When I wasn’t laughing, I was facepalming. Ugh! He’s sooooo awkward. It gets to the point where you’re just like, “how on earth can somebody say that, or do that?” But it really works with his character, it’s who he is.
Also, the way he, Greg, writes it, not just in regular text but in bullet points and play format adds to the story. And then he’ll interject and makes comments to the readers which are just hilarious.
All in all, this book is awesome. Don’t take my word for it, read it for yourself when you’re in the mood for something funny and not very deep.
–Mackinsey, age 14
About the Book:
Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Release Date: 03/2012