The book that inspired the hit film!
Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time - when not playing video games and avoiding Earl's terrifying brothers - making movies, their own versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics. Greg would be the first one to tell you his movies are f*@$ing terrible, but he and Earl don't make them for other people. Until Rachel.
Rachel has leukemia, and Greg's mom gets the genius idea that Greg should befriend her. Against his better judgment, and despite his extreme awkwardness, he does. When Rachel decides to stop treatment, Greg and Earl must abandon invisibility and make a stand. It's a hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at death and high school by a prodigiously talented debut author.
This audiobook is read by the stars of the movie adaptation, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler, as well as Keith Szarabajka, Hillary Huber, Kirby Heyborne, Abigail Revasch, and Adenrele Ojo.
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"Narrator Thomas Mann is flawless as insecure high school senior Greg Gaines." (AudioFile)
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On the periphery, Greg is neither cool kid nor complete outsider. He makes bad home movies with silly puns, bad dialogue, the occasional sock puppet, for amusement and as an homage to the greats (Kubrick, Kurosawa, etc.). When asked to spend time with an sort-of-ex-girlfriend, he begrudgingly enlists the help of Earl to begin this muddled attempt at friendship.
This is an indie book, reading like a film and it is not "The Fault in Our Stars" or any other comparison publishers will claim to sell this book. In film fashion, there are many voices, and at times, the famous movie trailer narrator, randomly voices over a scene; odd and clever. The entire book is first person narrative, as if Greg's talking directly to you, like Ferris Bueller turned to the camera occasionally, but his monologue doesn't end. Knowing these facts, maybe this book is a good fit. It's a quirky deviation from what's out there right now, but not everyone's cup of tea.
I thought the story itself was both compelling and funny. And the fact that it was written as if Greg was writing a book and filling it with his own unfiltered thoughts made it even better. The story teller's voice was calming and he put a lot of emotion into what he was telling. All and all it was a good book and it was performed very well.
I loved the fact this didn't romanticize or gloss over the way people really feel about and deal with death. A lot of folks compare this to "The Fault in Our Stars", but this is a very different story; only the basic topic remains the same. This is well worth a listen, not just for the book, but the wonderful cast performance.
The Story isn't what I was expecting, thinking it would be a very similar teen story about dealing with a friend with cancer. This is a lot more about The main character, and his life in high school, and how he delt with rekindling a friendship with a girl who happened to have Lukemia. I found it entertaining, and light hearted.
I've actually seen the movie before reading this book and before then I had no clue that such a novel existed. I've learned some from the story of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and/ or had some perspective. It wasn't cliche and it didn't try hard not to be either. I think we can all relate to Greg Gains story because like most lives, it doesn't have a over romantic, unbelievable, unrealistic ending or in the beginning and middle. Overall, it was great and I enjoyed it more than the movie.
Terrible character development, with unbelievable storyline. Earl's character was pointless. Most of the book was pointless banter with dead ends.
YA Book blogger at The Candid Cover.
There were some real laugh out loud moments in the book and I could easily relate to Greg, the main character. Greg is one of those guys in high school that is well liked, but never really fits into a particular group of friends. It is through Greg’s interactions with Rachel, the dying girl, and Earl that Greg suddenly realizes the importance of friendship.
Unfortunately, this is where I start to lose interest in the book. Now don’t get me wrong, the storyline and characters are very well developed. It is the vulgar content and language in the novel that really turned me off. I will concede that this is a young adult novel and there are young adults who act and speak with great crudeness. I, however, found it to be a bit over the top and it actually lessened my enjoyment of an otherwise fantastic book.
The author frequently talks about how this book is kind of a piece of shit, and that's charming in its own way. It is an honest no fairy tale story about death. However, the writing and character development is not great. Instead of buying this audio book or the book itself, just go see the movie. It'll be cheaper, faster and just as if not more effective
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