By: Jesse Andrews
Location: FIC AND
Genre: Well its a whole new one- Youth fiction and Cancer. Must be the third book in as many months now on this topic I have blogged.
BUT this book is as irreverent as Radiate is holy. I am sure that we have a perfect trio now for a thematic study, John Greens Fault in our Stars, Radiate by Marley Gibson and now this title. All feature teenage kids dealing with various forms of cancer and they all take a different approach, the power of love, the difference of faith and the gift of friendship. This book ME and EARL and the Dying GIRL takes an honest self-deprecating sometimes callous and humorous look at a mate who has cancer. This book has rave reviews, it makes people laugh, but in my viewing the language was a bit off putting. maybe I am a nerd, but sometimes I have enough of just plain crass.
Goodread reviews the book this way
Up until senior year, Greg has maintained total social invisibility. He only has 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 make her a movie, and Greg 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.
“First of all, let me just say that sock puppets can be way more emotional and expressive than they get credit for.”