Umm I don t know exactly what to say about this book It seems to me like one of those cult books where if you love it, you love it, but if you don t, you don t There were parts of it that were funny, but the majority of the parts that I felt were meant to be funny just fell flat The cover is absolutely beautiful and there were some parts that I definitely enjoyed but, it just didn t do it for me This book is about Greg and Earl and Rachel Greg is a high school senior and he and Earl are amateur film makers spoiler alert They re not very good Rachel is Greg s old kind of girlfriend who recently became diagnosed with leukemia and is dying There were some parts of this book were laugh out loud funny, but the non funny bits and the kind of useless annoying bits made it a one star for me.SPOILER DISCUSSIONCan I just talk about how much I hated all the this is such a bad book I don t even know why I m writing this I m going to throw the laptop if you re enjoying this you should punch your own eye parts Why I don t know if it was kind of supposed to be funny and enjoyable and like, haha, he s making fun of himself but it came across like those people who are always talking about how ugly they are and you just want them to shut up Let s just spend a second talking about this cover So gorgeous I m so in love with it All the art was amazing, it was just the story blah.I liked all the alternate ways of telling the stories Bullet points and script format and all of that Probably my favorite part of the whole rading experience.I honestly didn t care about the characters at all And I think that s the issue, even when Rachel died I was like, eh, what a shame Greg seemed like a total jerk, I could get used to Earl in a way and I actually enjoyed his character, but it was just odd.Another thing about this book, it felt like it was trying so hard to be eccentric and different Like how there were all the dorky goth kids and Mr Mcarthy and all of Earl s brothers Not everyone is eccentric like that For a lot of people, you have to get to know them and then you figure out all their little quirks There is no place that I m aware of where you can have teachers who are shoeless in class and kids who beat up on each other randomly and a girl dying of cancer and a kid so unable to feel things and only able to beat up on himself but who likes to make films anyway so his future self can just talk about how much they suck some That is just too much in my opinion There have to be some normal people.I liked some of the plot, but so much of it was tangents and they didn t really make sense to me and we didn t really get to know any of the characters I m sure there was some deep stuff going on that I just didn t catch onto, and really we know that Earl has spent so much time trying to help his mother and all that, but it just isn t anywhere near enough for me.END Somewhat amusing, not at all sad, weird book 53% Greg Gaines Is The Last Master Of High School Espionage, Able To Disappear At Will Into Any Social Environment He Has Only One Friend, Earl, And Together They Spend Their Time Making Movies, Their Own Incomprehensible Versions Of Coppola And Herzog Cult ClassicsUntil Greg S Mother Forces Him To Rekindle His Childhood Friendship With RachelRachel Has Been Diagnosed With Leukemia Cue Extreme Adolescent Awkwardness But A Parental Mandate Has Been Issued And Must Be Obeyed When Rachel Stops Treatment, Greg And Earl Decide The Thing To Do Is To Make A Film For Her, Which Turns Into The Worst Film Ever Made And Becomes A Turning Point In Each Of Their LivesAnd All At Once Greg Must Abandon Invisibility And Stand In The Spotlight If after reading this book you come to my home and brutally murder me, I do not blame you. Greg Gaines survived most of high school by following his flawless system of staying at the periphery be nice but nottoo nice Laugh but not too loud Existbut only enough for people tobarely notice He has his meritocracy, his long time friend Earl and his quirky collection of homemade movies made with Earl he s all ready to survive, graduate and move on.But then his mom decides to throw one huge wrench in his great aims of blending into the background by forcing him to be friends with the cancer girl. Mom was asking me to resume a friendship that had no honest foundation and ended on screamingly awkward terms How do you do that You can t. Andwith much grumbling and prodding and outright threatening, he agrees And his whole plan the mediocrity, the movies, the periphery crumbles into dust There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood..you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn t really hit you, and then when it does, that s when you feel like shit. Wow like seriously, wow This one surprised me Greg s story is certainly not a typical teen cancer sort of book So if this were a normal book about a girl with leukemia, I would probably talk a shitload about all the meaningful things Rachel had to say as she got sicker and sicker, and also probably we would fall in love and have some incredibly fulfilling romantic thing and she would die in my arms But I don t feel like lying to you She didn t have meaningful things to say, and we definitely didn t fall in love. Jesse Andrew s novel simply felt real than all of those other ones I ve read.It didn t dance around the topic, it didn t tug at your heartstrings in just the right way, and there was no chaste fade to black sex scene There are so many beautiful cancer books out there that this one was truly a relief This book was funny, crass, rude and above all,absolutely real And for that, I truly appreciate this novel.There were times where I wanted to shake Greg, shake Rachel, shake Greg and Rachel at the same timeand above all wrap Earl in a huge hug Definitely one to read But you gotta live your own life You gotta take care a your own shit before you get started doing things for errybody else. Blog Instagram Twitter a lot of people are commenting on this so i just wanted to add really quick loli read this book like 2 years ago but i was going through my read list and noticed i gave this four stars which was weird because this book was shit so that s that It s rare for me not to know what to say about a book And I guess I do know what to say about this one, but my thoughts are very different from other people, so just keep in mind that we all perceive things, characters, scenes, etc differently.Greg is a liar.A big, fat liar, he would correct me.From the beginning, he is lying to us He says that his meeting Rachel who suffers from leukemia didn t change anything inside him He says he didn t learn anything from this experience he lived and that in no way has it changed his way of looking at things cancer, death, friendship, life, etc.He even says it I learned absolutely nothing from Rachel s leukemia But those are lies He s so in denial it made me furious.He s not in touch with his emotions He s the type of person who wants to steer clear of altercations at all cost To make his life simpler, he even decides to befriend everyone at school, without really befriending them, so he could steer clear of any drama befalling him, too.Now I liked him I really did I thought he was adorably goofy and awkward He doesn t share my type of humour, but that doesn t mean I didn t find this book entertaining.It is I was always a huge fan of special novels I like to call them The ones that defy the idea of what a novel should consist of The ones that aren t always written in paragraphs and very often use book related props letters, bullet points, various fonts, etc.I liked its original narration and Greg himself Though I couldn t agree with him all the time and I still don t, he s a kid a small part of me could connect with.The part that doesn t know where it belongs in this life What to study What school to choose Where to go and what to do He and I are very different people and we probably would never be friends, but I can say that he s a good kid.Most of the dialogs make sense thank god and the humour in form of figures of speech is not hard to decrypt and even the writing is somewhat enjoyable.BUT THE PLOT, or rather the lack of it, may get on your nerves The book is fairly fast paced and interestingly put together with all of them book related props to not lose interest in it, but it does leave the reader thinking, Is that it, motherfucker Yup, that s it.I wish you all the best, Greg.Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin The humor was crude just for the sake of being crude and I didn t laugh once The main character is unlikeable in an attempt to make the book realistic, but in reality it was just annoying This book tried so hard to be edgy and real Oh and don t even get me started on the fact that the girl had no agency and her illness was still used as a motivator for the male main character even though the book kept insisting that it wasn t the usual cancer book Spoiler alert that s what every other shitty sicklit book does frames the story around the not sick person.I m no TFIOS fan, but I d take that over this any day because this was trying way too hard. For this review I need to post a gif of Jesse Andrews kicking John Green s ass But I don t know how to make gifs myself I just steal them from other spots on Google I m too lazy to even try and learn to make my own gifs I don t especially hate John Green take that you haters I read TFIOS and it was an okay book Not very realistic to someone who has survived lived with teenagers.This book is about Greg Gaines He just wants to make it through his last year of high school He knows not many people make it through un scarred for life His friend Earl also is in the story Earl gets a five star for the amount of profanity that he can come up with.Then Greg s mom pushes him to become friends again with Rachel She has been diagnosed with AML Leukemia He balks He doesn t do friends That s how he has survived the highschool experience so far He ends up caving because of the nagging.This book is not deep and life altering This book is what all young adult books should be if they didn t have their asses on crooked and think that young people always think deep thoughts Because people..the young adults I knowthey are full of shit That s the norm.Take Greg for instance So if this were a normal book about a girl with leukemia, I would probably talk a shitload about all the meaningful things Rachel had to say as she got sicker and sicker, and also probably we would fall in love and have some incredibly fulfilling romantic thing and she would die in my arms But I don t feel like lying to you She didn t have meaningful things to say, and we definitely didn t fall in love So if you are looking for this Go find some other book.If this is to your liking Jesus Christ on a cockwagon At the beginning of this sentence, my Feeling Like a Dick Quotient was a solid 4.0, which is normal By about the word excuse , it was all the way up to 9.4 By the end I was easily maxed out at 10.0 Actually, I may have broken the scale.You can take pretty much any sentence in this book and if you read it enough times, you will probably end up committing a homicide.This is the book for you And it s frigging awesome. this is probably the best debut novel i have ever written. re read again in June 2015Awesome sauce Teared up when shit got real and Earl told Greg what s what as always This movie is going to slay me upon reading for the first time Oh my goodness What did I just read I finally have a gif to describe my feelsHere it is, folks