It's been a long January in terms of reading- I haven't read much at all! Due to exams and getting myself organised, reading has taken a bit of a backseat and I've hated every moment of that aspect. I started Me and Earl and the Dying Girl before exams got a bit "hey, I'm iN YOUR FACE NOW" and I picked it up immediately after. Now, here we are!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is about a girl with cancer and a boy who is encouraged to spend time with her. Rachel always wanted to be friends with Greg as a girl and when his mother tells him he should cheer her up, he is often confused by how easily he can make her laugh, especially when most of the time he was only there because he felt like he had to be. Rachel learns about the films Greg and his friend Earl make. He insists they are terrible and she insists they're not.
Greg is a differently classic young adult narrator. He is very funny, incredibly truthful and sometimes a bit on the irritating side- and he think he's supposed to be. We have to consider that he can be a slightly unreliable narrator. Although he is honest, he is very hard on himself and we like him for this. However it means we are seeing his world through his slightly too modest/slightly over-hard-on-himself eyes. Sometimes, though, as a narrator he is too truthful and we see his flaws- but they are immature flaws and it can be very endearing considering his age.
Once again, through a novel, we are thrown into a representation of an American high school and the struggles that Greg faces with it. It's very clear he despises school and tries to make his experience as easy on himself as possible. We enjoy his simple outlook and his happiness he finds with his one close friend, Earl. Earl is a funny character- a character whose humour might make you question how he and Greg are so close. But it really does make sense. And Earl becomes quite the moral character, guiding us to find the answers we might expect Greg to find.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a refreshing novel- a truthful one. As I've said a million times before, I respect honest books more than anything! We're hit in the face with how sucky the world can be and we're allowed to find lessons in a novel that we should always carry with us!
I rate this novel 4/5! I cannot wait to snuggle up with the film in a few days!
Ice-Cream & Homemade Films,
The Girl in the Moonlight.
P.S. Bloggy blog blog, I am so sorry about the terrible quality of photography- one day it will be mastered, one day!