I admit, I watched the trailer for the movie adaptation of this book, so I already had an idea of what it was going to be about. But I had no idea what the format of this book was actually going to be.

Written by American author Jesse Andrews, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl appropriately tells the story of Greg Gaines, his friend Earl jackson, and Greg’s classmate Rachel Kushner, the “dying girl.” When Greg finds out that Rachel has been diagnosed with cancer, his mom encourages (well, more like forces) him to spend time with her. A series of funny events play out over the course of his senior year as he gets to know Rachel better. Him and Earl’s friendship is defined by their different home lives, but mutual interest in making movies.

The most interesting quality of this book is the way it’s written. Greg tells it journal style in first-person narrative, through a series of different format. He uses prose writing, screenplay format, bullet lists, mock newspaper articles and more ways. Although it may sound a little strange, the formats flowed very well together and suited each situation. As I’m a very visual person, the screenplay parts made it easy to imagine the scene playing out.

As for the overall plot of the book, I felt it was a little predictable, but contained themes that were relatable. Overall, this is a different kind of book that is worth a read, if you like various writing formats.

 

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