Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition)

by Jesse Andrews


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The book that inspired the hit film!

Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award
Sundance Grand Jury Prize

This is the funniest book you’ll ever read about death.

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.
Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel from a bright talent, now also a film that critics are calling "a touchstone for its generation" and "an instant classic."

Includes a teaser chapter from Jesse Andrews' new novel, Munmun!

“One need only look at the chapter titles (“Let’s Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way”) to know that this is one funny book.”
Booklist, starred review

“Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

New York Times bestseller!

Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction
YALSA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults
YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419720130
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 769,957
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jesse Andrews is a writer, musician, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, which is almost as good as Pittsburgh. This is his first novel. Visit him online at

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
Don't start this book with any expectations and you'll thoroughly enjoy it. The language is vulgar, but not too terribly distracting, since you're reading from first person perspective. I found myself laughing out loud when reading this book. I was reading quotes and passages to anyone who would listen. Although this book has a character that has Leukemia, this is not the main story line. It's more a story about a boy's journey in discovering himself during his senior year. I did tear up at the end, but I cry watching Hallmark commercials. I enjoyed Greg's character, and yes you wanted to smack him around a couple of times, but guess what...that's what helped build his character's story. Was it profound? No. Was is didactic? No. What is WAS...was wonderful! Could this book have been better? Sure...but I think I like the fact that it wasn't very heavy-handed. Take a chance and read this book. As a mom, I wouldn't let my young teen kids read this, but definitely I would let my older teens read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's two dollars cheaper, better written, has more likable/believable characters, will make you laugh more, and is one of those remarkable books with cancer in them that doesn't treat the entire deal like saccharine tragedy porn. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the natural answer to TFIOS, and it outshines it in every way. For readers who didn't like TFIOS, particularly those who didn't like how terminal illness was handled in that text, read this one. You'll be better for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a high school English/Creative Writing teacher, I read many young adult books that my students have suggested or even simply mentioned in class. It just so happens this is one title my students had yet to mention. Upon the recommendation of the bookseller at BN, I decided to purchase it in the hopes that I would be able to share it with my students. Unfortunately, while the premise of the novel is amusing and the characters are mostly likeable, I found some of the content to be more adult in nature than I would feel comfortable with in regard to my students. Granted, they've all probably read, said,seen, etc., words or phrases like this before but I feel recommending this book as their English teacher would be rather inappropriate. Having said that, it was quite an entertaining read!
PaperTurtless More than 1 year ago
Light hearted and hilarious
KaylaEsther More than 1 year ago
In my valuable opinion, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews was a really fun read! It basically tells the story of Greg. Greg is now a senior and thinks that he knows everything about life. He believes he is separate from his “stupid” lower classmen, while truly he is very similar to all of them . Just as soon as he has it “all figured out,” his life starts falling apart! A girl in his class gets leukemia and his mother forces him to hang out with her and keep her company. Rachel (the dying girl) is also opposed to him hanging out with her at first. He soon starts to bond with her through a beautifully realistic story and creates a film for her with his best (and only) friend, Earl. It was amazing to see the thoughts and feelings that Greg went through with help of the first person point of view. I am not going to lie and say that this book was inspiring, life-changing or the best book I’ve ever read, but I definitely do recommend it if you want to feel something. It is a very youthful and down to Earth book. From the other things I know of Jesse Andrews, this book is not a long stray from his typical work. He has written other young- adult and coming of age books in the past. Keep in mind that I am just a teen and that’s honestly why I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend this to people ages 14 and up because it is a little frisky with the language choices at times, which is kind of expected with a realistic fiction novel about a senior in high school. If I were a parent, I would not read this to my kids, but it would be fine to just let them read it on their own, because if they read it with you, I promise that things will get very awkward, very fast. In general, this book really did pull at my heart strings. People in my family have gone through losing their partners to cancer, so this really hit close to home. It is a vulgarly told, but truly beautiful story that makes the reader want to experience a love just like Greg and Rachel. Definitely would reread and totally recommend to anyone who has enjoyed anything by John Green or anyone who likes romantic comedies.
YlaynaV More than 1 year ago
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a really great book! It was sad at times, but for the most part had a funny and playful vibe to it. One thing I really liked about the book was how Jesse Andrews made all of the characters realistic. In other books, authors make their characters so fantasy-like, but Andrews created characters that readers could relate to. Another aspect of the book that made me enjoy reading it was the format of the book. The way Jesse Andrews went from Greg’s thoughts to his conversations with people was so smooth. He also used different formats to show the different types of conversations Greg had with people such as in chapter 22, Andrews used bullet points to show Greg’s conversations with a few people. At other times, the author just used a different font from the font he used for Greg’s thoughts to show that Greg was talking to someone. When the author used a certain font to show Greg’s conversations, he wrote the conversation in a play script format where he would tell you the setting, the character speaking, and what the character was saying. Out of all the characters, Greg was my favorite. He was funny, carefree, and empathetic. Greg spent his first three years of high school studying the social society of Benson High School. He was very observant of how all of the students in school acted and he learned about all of the different groups of people there were in school. Greg also went the extra step of sorting out the popular people into levels and sub-levels in is head. Earl, Greg’s best friend and film-making partner, was always blunt and honest about everything. He likes to speak his mind about any topic and anything that he thinks of. Rachel was a sweet and smart girl who liked to hang out with Greg and Earl because she thought that they were funny and cool even though they did some dumb things every now and then. Greg and Earl always liked making horrible movies as a fun hobby. They even re-created one of their favorite movies called Aguirre, The Wrath of God. After Rachel became extremely sick and got admitted to a hospital, Greg and Earl decided to make a very challenging film, one about Rachel. Greg and Earl thought that their film wasn’t very up to standards but Rachel liked it and appreciated that they used so much of their time to make the film for her. While creating Rachel the Film, Greg got behind on his schoolwork, but decided that he would make it up later. He was so focused and invested in making Rachel the Film that for days, it was all he did after school. The making of Rachel the Film showed how much Greg and Earl cared about Rachel and how they are great friends, even though they didn’t know her too well. This book has its ups and downs but overall it is truly wonderful. I think that Jesse Andrews did a great job of making the characters so realistic and interesting. I was engaged with the lovely plot of this story as I read the entire book. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book that everyone should read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished it, still a little raw from all the emotion. But you have to read this book. It will move you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've ever read. People won't like it because's it's the truth.
codyroecker More than 1 year ago
With no expectations of this book, I picked it up at Powell's a few weeks ago and was blown away. This book is incredibly hilarious and moving. Greg Gaines is a character that has almost every thought imaginable and never ceases to surprise me. The way Jesse Andrews tells this tale is exceptional. The movie script formatting to the book gives it an extra flair and sets it apart from other novels of this caliber. I highly recommend this book and am beyond excited for the movie this summer. If you haven't read this, you need to. It is simply beautiful. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definetly read it! I would not recomend it for >13 because on 1 page the f word was said almost 20 times. I was reading this in class and laughing almost every page. Its a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greg agrees to the plan but quickly has second thoughts about it. He and Earl could not decide on an idea for the film. Greg started to worry because he was concerned about what the other students at school thought of him. He didn’t like the fact that everyone knew that he and Earl made films. He also didn’t like that everyone knew that the two of them were making a movie for Rachel. Greg and Earl eventually finished it and they called it Rachel the Film. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is about a seventeen-year-old high school senior named Greg Gaines. Greg has figured out the world of high school. He knows most everyone at Benson High School and he gets along with most everyone there, but he doesn’t really fit into any social group. Greg has only one friend named Earl Jackson. Greg actually refers to Earl as a coworker. They spend a lot of time together after school playing video games and making films. The films that they create are actually remakes or parodies of older movies that they watched together. Greg and Earl don’t tell others about the films that they make because they are afraid that they will make fun of them. One day Greg’s mother urges him to reconnect with a childhood friend and ex-girlfriend named Rachel. His mother actually forces him to visit her because she had been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, a cancer that attacks the bone marrow and blood. Greg’s mom believes that his friendship might make her feel better. Greg gives in to his mother’s wishes and meets up with Rachel. It is not long before he and Rachel start to spend a lot of time together. They eventually become really good friends. One day at school, Greg and Earl unintentionally get high. While they are high, Greg gets a text from Rachel. She tells him that she is going to start chemotherapy treatments the next day. Greg and Earl decide to go visit Rachel. This is the first time Earl and Rachel meet. They experience a rough start, but they eventually become friends. When the three of them go out for ice cream one day, Earl starts to talk about the films that they have made. Earl asks her if she would like to watch one of them. Greg gets very angry at Earl, but he doesn’t say anything. He had wanted their films to be kept a secret. Rachel loved their movies and watched them over and over in the hospital while she was having her chemotherapy treatments. Another girl from their high school named Madison Hartner found out how much Rachel liked the Gaines/Jackson DVDs. She encouraged Greg and Earl to make a film especially for Rachel. Greg agrees to the plan but quickly has second thoughts about it. He and Earl could not decide on an idea for the film. Greg started to worry because he was concerned about what the other students at school thought of him. He didn’t like the fact that everyone knew that he and Earl made films. He also didn’t like that everyone knew that the two of them were making a movie for Rachel. Greg and Earl eventually finished it and they called it Rachel the Film. I would give this book four out of five stars. One of the main characters dies from cancer, but it is not really about that. Even though one of the major characters is dying, it has a lot of humor. It’s actually about friendship, life and love. I would recommend that others read the book, but I would only suggest the book to young adults. It is full of inappropriate language. I believe the book is on the best seller list because it is easy to relate to.
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great use of voice, despite the morbid title, it is laugh out loud from the beginning. Reminds me of my own teenage brother in many ways. Again, GREAT realistic voice.
jonilee73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The title of this book drew so much attention that I hopes the book would be as amazing as it seemed. I was pleasantly surprised. Greg has managed to navigate high school and avoid drama at the same time. He attends a very cliquey high school and tying yourself to one particular group can be dreadful because it means that there will almost certainly be another feud happening with another group. Greg has avoided this by doing something no one else has ever accomplished. He has managed to fit into every group though never tying himself down with them. See, no one group can see Greg with their rival group. So he floats in between them but never allows himself to be friends with anyone aside from misfit Earl, a trouble maker who only has one thing in common with Greg: their love of film.Everything is going nice and calm in Greg's life until his mother drops a bomb on him: Rachel, a girl he once sort of dated in the past, has been diagnosed with leukemia. Greg's mother says that Greg should be there for her and makes him call her and get together with her.At first Rachel is not interested but slowly she allows Greg to spend time with her. But Greg finds himself in a position he is not used to. He now is expected to be seen in public with Rachel. He can no longer remain groupless any longer.I liked that this book was not a love story. Aside from A Walk to Remember, I am not a fan of books where the characters fall in love all the while knowing that by the last page one of them will die. In this book it was more about Greg opening himself up to a friend and then trying to deal with the fact that this friend has limited time left.Greg and Earl are amateur filmmakers but they have never shown their movies to anyone until Rachel comes along. She finds them entertaining and they decide as a way to cope with her illness that they will make a film just for her, with hilariously sad results.Nothing seems to work. They try to go for the documentary perspective, speaking with Rachel's family for memories of her but her family is too heartbroken and it winds up being a very sad movie, not uplifting for Rachel, as they had hoped for. So they try a stop motion cartoon of Rachel fighting the cancer cells. But they don't get the affect they want. Attempt after attempt is a complete failure. To me this book is about a teen boy realizing that there is life outside of frivolousness of high school. Greg has spent all of his high school years alone and just floating through until Rachel comes along and he slams into Earth. This is such an interesting book. It's dealing with such a sad subject but the quirkiness of the characters makes it so it's not an overly sad book. Greg is so awkward and unsure of himself and Earl is such a wildcard that I was always on my toes in this unique and unpredictable novel.
BrianneRS1979 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is about Greg, a slightly nerdy socially invisible high school student who's former friend is diagnosed with Leukemia.Ok, so right there you'd think "Oh I'd better grab some tissues-this is going to be a sad one" and the answer to that is NOPEMe and Earl and the Dying Girl was one the FUNNIEST book that I've read in a very long time. I wouldnt recommend drinking any beverages while reading it because it will come out your nose from laughing too hard. I think I should right away say that my sense of humor is pretty odd and I can definitely handle "potty" humor. So, if you are sensitive and easily offended, I'm sorry to say that this might not be the best book for you. But, this hilarious book does have a good messageI rate Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 5 out of 5 stars, extremely original writing, GREAT characters, and an impressive debut book.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one heckuva debut that had me literally laughing out loud! More coming on le blog closer to pub date.
jacindahinten on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m in love with the title and the cover of this book! They both stand out and they both are what pushed me to pick this up. The beginning of the book had me smiling and laughing every few sentences. Greg is writing this book for us and telling us a story. He gives us lists and scenes in script form¿loved all of that.After about 40% of this book, I seemed to lose interest in the story and the characters. The writing style was interesting and different which I loved. I need more books like this in my life. I just which I would have enjoyed and connected with the characters more. If that would have been the case, I would have been pushing this book at readers. Plus the humor started to annoy me a bit¿but overall it was an enjoyable read.
IleahWalter More than 1 year ago
As stated previously, do not have any expectations when going into this book- simply take it at face value and for what it is. The reviews saying it has similarities to "The Fault In Our Stars", I feel, have totally missed the mark. It is it's own unique story, and to expect the same storyline as "Stars" is losing the value of the book. Keeping that in mind- this book made me FEEL. I was intrigued. I was disgusted. I was laughing out loud. I was heartbroken. This book makes you feel everything, and was completely worth the read. The characters were relatable and fun, and the storyline was interesting from start to finish. The humor of the book was one of the best parts and kept me page-turning for hours wondering what would be said next. Take the time to read this book- you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was, it sounded, poorly written on purpose. To make it sound more like a kid wrote it...? It wasn't the worst book I've read, but definitely glad I got it for like 2$ on my nook. It was ridiculous and choppy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book and the author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the fast reading and unpredictable humor but was otherwise underwhelmed. The changes in narrating styles is odd and slightly distracting. Few redeeming features, not touching at all, and anticlimactic.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little funny. very fast read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was the best
StephanieFriend More than 1 year ago
I honestly thought this was going to be a "crying book" when my book club picked this for the month of May. My sights were not set very high going into this book. However, this book completely redeemed itself. It was a laugh out loud and hilarious book. I loved Earl and his brutal honest, I've never read a book that was set up in this particular format. Also, the idea of reading a book where one of the main characters has cancer was a drawback. As I said before, this was not a book about sappy crying and love lost and found. It was written from real life perspective and it was awesome. So much better than I expected!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only 12 and i understood and loved this book!!! ;) * - * * o * C;