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Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

August 14, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Greg Gaines is one of those high school students who gets along with everyone but really doesn’t have any close friends.  When Rachel, a girl he knows from Hebrew school, is diagnosed with cancer, his mom suggests he hang out with her some.  Greg goes to visit Rachel but things are kind of awkward between them so he decides he and Earl should make a film about Rachel.  Things don’t turn out the way Greg planned.

After seeing the movie trailer for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I decided I needed to listen to the book by Jesse Andrews.  The book is the manuscript of a book Greg is writing – it’s part narrative and part screenplay – so much of it is the thoughts of a teenage boy.   And, we all know what teenage boys think about.  I’m sure it’s my age but the book was too crude and full of foul language for me.  I’m sure those same things will make it appeal to the target audience of older teens – they’ll probably find it truthful and edgy.  I wanted more from it, though – a satisfying ending or something – but that never happened so, in the end, this book wasn’t for me.

The audio version of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is on 5 CDs and lasts approximately 6 hours and is narrated by Thomas Mann and Ry Cyler as well as Keith Szarabajka, Hillary Huber, Kirby Heyborne, Abigail Revasch, and Adenrele Ojo.  Mann and Cyler both star in the film version and did a fine job with the narration; I’m not sure the addition of the other narrators added anything to the production since their roles were very limited.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.


21 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2015 8:22 am

    Will you see the film? I’m guessing this wouldn’t be for me just because of the age factor. I hadn’t heard of the book or movie before.

  2. August 14, 2015 8:57 am

    I wanted to see this one, but considered reading the book first. I’m glad you posted about it, because now I realize this book isn’t for me. Sounds like something better suited for my teenaged cousins. Great post!

  3. August 14, 2015 9:28 am

    I saw this movie as part of our cinema club. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have seen it. And I thought it was decent. But I didn’t read the book and am pretty sure I won’t.

  4. August 14, 2015 9:42 am

    I’ve been wondering about this book. Think I’ll pass it up after reading your review!

  5. August 14, 2015 9:49 am

    I don’t enjoy too many books about teens, and crude “teenage boy” thoughts would not appeal to me, either…LOL.

    I was curious, as the title is so catchy. Thanks for sharing.

  6. August 14, 2015 10:07 am

    I do enjoy YA books, but your comments about the crudity and language are discouraging. Too many YA books feel that this kind of thing is realistic, but my favorite YA authors either avoid it or temper it. I’m not fond of this kind of thing in adult fiction, either, but find it especially distasteful in books for younger people.

  7. August 14, 2015 11:10 am

    I always love how honest you are. I don’t think it will be for me either.

  8. August 14, 2015 11:50 am

    I’ve been wondering about this book and movie and if they were similar to The Fault In Our Stars what with the main character having cancer. It sounds like it’s pretty different. Teenage boys – ugh!

  9. holdenj permalink
    August 14, 2015 2:30 pm

    Oh, I am kind of chuckling, because I don’t think I would have been able to listen to this out loud!! I read it earlier this summer (much to my son’s surprise!), but couldn’t believe how profane parts were! At least you can kind of read over them quickly. I liked it, in the end, though!

  10. Patty permalink
    August 14, 2015 3:08 pm

    These books can go either way…I think that this just isn’t for me either…

  11. August 14, 2015 4:25 pm

    That is not a long audio, good

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    August 14, 2015 5:16 pm

    I’m not sure this is a book for me. I am curious about the movie though. I will have to watch the trailer at least.

  13. August 15, 2015 10:14 am

    I enjoyed this book and I liked how crude it was probably because I knew guys, and girls, who spoke like that growing up, some still do. I read the book and I like how the dialogue parts were in screen play form. It was different but it worked.

  14. August 15, 2015 4:19 pm

    I think the movie is a little tamer than the book in terms of language, though I felt the voice was pretty authentic teen speak anyway. I’d be interested to see what you think of the movie version if you decide to check it out.

  15. August 15, 2015 6:56 pm

    Hmm, it would be so hard for me to read this book and figure out if it is genuine/truthful because of the language, but hopefully it is.

  16. August 16, 2015 1:28 am

    Thank you for sharing your honest opinion about this, Kathy. I don’t think excessive crude language would add much to the story.

  17. August 16, 2015 8:13 am

    I just gave this book to my niece, I’m curious as to her thoughts after reading your review.

  18. August 18, 2015 11:48 am

    I haven’t heard of the book or the movie. Sounds interesting.

  19. August 22, 2015 9:21 am

    I haven’t heard of this book or movie. I appreciate your honest review. When you are tackling the subject of cancer, especially in a teen, I would think there would be more sensitivity and less crudeness. But, since I am around teens all day at school, I can see how they don’t really focus on the disease and are still just being self-center teens who are living in the moment.

  20. bookingmama permalink
    August 24, 2015 10:15 pm

    Too funny! I was having lunch with my friend today and she’s reading this one. I think the term she used was raunchy.

  21. August 24, 2015 10:57 pm

    I’d never even heard of the movie, but I won’t be looking for it now!

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