Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
A NovelBook - 2012
From Library Staff
Greg gets along with pretty much everyone at school, and is able to sneak through the teenage angst. But his life changes when his classmate, and neighbor, is diagnosed with leukemia, he is forced to befriend her, and in an attempt to raise her spirits, he makes a video memorial to her--and fails.
A humorous, cancerous, friendship, and a story full of hope
Greg is able to stay out of the way in his high school, but when his classmate is diagnosed with cancer, his mother forces him to befriend her and help her through her "grief," by making the "Worst Film Ever" to memorialize her.
From the critics
AgeAdd Age Suitability
NWPLindabear thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 99
SweetDaisy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 22
LilyShieldss thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 22
Coarse Language: You need to read this book as a teenage boy. Or be around teenagers - most of them speak this way (if not worse).
Sexual Content: Sexual references are made often and can get quite uncomfortable. I found that they were used too much and were just unnecessary.
Other: This book can get insensitive to others, like cultures, beliefs etc.
QuotesAdd a Quote
I'm talking about sentences like this:
The cancer had taken her eyeballs, yet she saw the world with more clarity than ever before.
Barf. Forget it. For me personally, things are in no way more meaningful because I got to know Rachel before she died. If anything, things are less meaningful. All right?”
There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn't really hit you, and then when it does, that's when you feel like sh*t
"It's like when a kitten tries to bite something to death. The kitten clearly has the cold-blooded murderous instinct of a predator, but at the same time, it's this cute little kitten, and all you want to do is stuff it in a shoebox and shoot a video of it for grandmas to watch on YouTube.”
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Victoria Frankenstein and her best friend Owen Bloch have been working on reanimating animals in hope of good results for their high school science project. They’ve gone through several incarnations of Mr. Bubbles with no results. Then, one day, while Victoria was driving down the highway, Owen texted her the word “Eureka”. The universal code of scientists of a massive breakthrough. Victoria glanced at her phone for only two seconds, she hits a boy. Not just grazed, but killed. Not knowing what else to do, Victoria picked him off of the ground, put him in her car and drove him back to her house where she called Owen and they attempt to reanimate the boy. What a miracle! It works! Now all they have to do is get him to blend into life at High School. Everyone, this is; Adam Smith.
Greg Gaines' kind of, not really, not so ex-girlfriend is diagnosed with Leukemia. Greg and his only friend Earl start a film project to help her get through this tough time. This story follows their journey and how life's hardships play out.
Smartass Greg Gaines has high school all figured out, to the point where he blends in seamlessly, A member of all groups and none. The only person approaching a real friend for Greg is Earl, the perpetually angry member of a large and dysfunctional family. Greg and Earl make bad films together in their spare time. But then, one day, Greg's mother tells him that Rachel Kushner, a former friend, has leukaemia and that he should call her -- and he does. This changes his entire life, although, as Greg himself is quick to point out, he really doesn't learn much of anything.