Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

12700353by Jesse Andrews
YA Contemporary
3 of 5 stars
Debut novel – March 1, 2012

Like many other people, I grabbed this once I saw the movie trailer. This doesn’t happen often, but I think this story might make a better film than a novel. Maybe it’s because the main character is an amateur filmmaker and is constantly describing how he would direct key scenes. Mostly I think I’ll prefer the movie because it will spend less time in Greg’s head with his weird attempts at comedic riffs that tend to fall flat.

You’ll know from the first few chapters if the sense of humor will work for you, and although it wasn’t my favorite it definitely didn’t keep me from finishing it. The ending alone makes up for much of the meandering first half. This actually feels like a realistic take on handling an acquaintance with a terminal illness, and it leaves you with an interesting perspective to take away when you reach the end, regarding the impact people have or don’t have on your life. Humor is hard to pull off in a book and this did reasonably well, so I recommend it. It was just as funny as some of the professional comedians’ books I’ve read in the last year.

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