Saturday, 24 August 2013
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.
I had really high expectations for this book and, whilst I thoroughly enjoyed it, they were not quite met.
The writing style is quirky and hilarious and never failed to make me laugh every time I picked this book up. I liked the different styles of writing such as the script format and felt that they helped carry the story well.
The characters are a little bland and it's hard to say who I liked and who I didn't because there wasn't too much description of anyone. The main character, Greg, is very funny and I liked his constant sarcasm, but I didn't take to anyone else. Earl was boring and didn't really add anything to the story, and we barely see anything of Rachel.
I also didn't think there was much of a plot either. The story seems to cut and jump all over the place and it's hard to keep track of what's happening at points. The ending was simple and to be expected.
3/5 stars. Nothing special, but enjoyable!
Posted by Astrid at 01:22