Book Review - Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

by Jesse Andrews (Allen & Unwin) ISBN: 9781760290443

This novel is anything other than expected. When I first saw it, I thought it would be a sappy and heartfelt romance, where two lovers are torn apart by a fatal illness and are eventually so happy that they had each other in their lives, that it doesn’t even matter anymore. However, this story has a surprising and refreshing twist. 

Greg is a normal teen who does what he can to get through high school smoothly. After his mother finds out that one of his childhood friends has leukaemia, Greg is forced to befriend her again. Through this mandatory friendship, Greg not only discovers the person that Rachel now is, but he also discovers things about himself that he never knew. 

It is beautifully written and entertaining from start to finish. I loved the character of Earl and think that he is the perfect depiction to make the story even more hilarious and genuine. 

Veerle Vijverberg

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