Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Alexia Seguin on PreziShare on:. Greg is trying to survive high school, and is doing rather well at it. He's got a wonderful tactic of just avoiding pretty much everyone - never getting close to any group of people, never alienating any group either, just coasting along on nodding terms with everyone. The exception is Earl, who he makes low-budget version of cult classic films with. As well, Greg and Rachel are pleasant characters to spend some time with. As we progress, though, Greg starts to grow up a bit and becomes a character really worth rooting for. Oh, one more thing - the dialogue is amazing.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews – review
This book is where Greg documents what happened to him during his senior year when his mother forces him to socialise with his sort-of ex-girlfriend Rachel, who has just been diagnosed with leukaemia. There was no soppy professing of undying love or magical journeys; it was just teenagers being teenagers in hard circumstances. One thing I loved about Me and Earl was the way it completely refused to live up to stereotypes. Whereas most books, especially YA, about similar circumstances would have made it melodramatic and cringe worthy, Andrews seemed to underplay everything. As funny as this book is, it is also very, very sad. So although I laughed constantly throughout this book at the end I cried floods of tears.
The novel was released in hardcover by Amulet Books on March 1, , and in paperback on May 7, Greg Gaines is a senior at Benson High School. A social loner, he navigates high school life by gaining everyone's acquaintance but staying clear of any particular clique. His only real friend is Earl Jackson, though Greg will only cautiously claim that they are coworkers. Greg and Earl, a fellow student from a poor and broken family, have been friends since childhood. The two spend most of their time making films together.
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Whatever the opposite of a social butterfly is, Greg Gaines is that; a senior at Benson High School, he survives by becoming acquaintances with everybody, and friends with nobody. He avoids becoming a member of a social clique yet remains on friendly terms with all of them. He has an actual real friend, called Earl , but he doesn't really publicly claim the friendship. He tentatively terms them "co-workers".
By avoiding making any friends, Greg reasons, he can avoid being criticized, judged, or disliked. Greg is so insecure that it is stopping him from being truly alive: he avoids life rather than participating in it. The boys share a love of cinema and together they write and direct their own short films inspired by their favorite movies. Although they take pleasure in making the films together they refuse to ever show the finished product to anyone else. Greg was initially reluctant to contact Rachel because the plan went against everything he was trying to achieve: he wanted to avoid making friends, not reconnect with people from his past. But gradually, Greg came to realize how much he enjoyed spending time with Rachel and their friendship blossomed.