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Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends besides Earl, from the title. Andrews shows in this irreverent novel how Greg''s life changes, though, when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Laughing to Cope with Death
Summary: No book has ever made me laugh this much! Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews is one of the best books I have read in 2013. I honestly did not know what to expect when I picked up this book. However, I was surprised by how funny Greg was and how this sad situation could be humorous as well. Greg is a high school senior who lacks confidence and tries to avoid belonging to any one social group. But, this causes him to have only one close friend Earl. Earl is very blunt and sometimes violent. However, he also is less concerned with public appearance than Greg which leads him to being the catalyst for the main theme behind this book. The dying girl is Rachel who Greg sort of dated. Greg is forced to reconnect with Rachel after his mom learns she had leukemia. After they begin forming a new relationship Greg continues to be hilarious and become a better version of himself. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is not your typical cancer related book. The two characters do not fall in love. There are not any amazing insights about life that happen in this book. All the characters do evolve, but their transformation seems natural, not forced. This is a book that will leave you laughing, gasping and pondering until the last page. My thoughts: I have read several books that deal with the topic of teenage cancer. However, most of them have been insightful and saddening with moments of hilarity, but none remained humorous throughout the entire book. This book never tries to be pretentious. It is vulgar at times and the narrator is dumb and selfish occasionally. However, teenagers and adults can be vulgar and silly and selfish. I liked all the characters but I have to say Greg was my favorite. His answers to people’s questions and his thoughts were very comical. Jesse Andrews also writes an accurate portrayal of high school. The ending was not what I thought it would be. However, maybe that was the point of a novel. Death and dealing with death does not always produce epiphanies nor does romance always happen during this emotional time. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the films that Earl and Greg made. They were so funny and how they did not want to show them to anyone was very realistic I thought. I also like the realization that Earl had at the end of the book. I think it was a very important lesson for both of them to learn. Overall, this might be the funniest book I have ever read! Warning: it may offend some readers due to language and certain activities. However, I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy hilarious contemporary novels that deal with a tough subject. Very Hilarious!

very well done
solid characters with an excellent story. great pacing, great plot. great for reluctant readers as well. i loved the whole premis of this book and couldn't put it down.