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Jesse Andrews – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I really wanted to love this book as I’ve had it on my shelf for about 3 months waiting to be read. But I just couldn’t love it. I think the book suffered due to the obvious comparisons I was bound to make to The Fault in Our Stars, which was supremely awesome.

Whereas in TFIOS I found myself crying at multiple points, I just didn’t get enough attachment to the characters of Greg, Earl or Rachel to get emotional about the outcome of the book. I read the inevitable death as an unknown person rather than a close friend, which is how I felt in TFIOS.

I did find the book amusing, Greg is a funny character and I loved the constant changing writing styles which kept you on your toes and did make the book feel more like the diary of a teenager. And while I didn’t get emotionally attached to any of the main characters, I did find them extremely likeable and relatable as young adults.

I’m going to give the book 3 stars out of 5, I loved the writing style, but the lack of emotional connection in what was obviously supposed to be an emotional book just let it down a little for me. I think I’ll still give the film a try, even though judging by the book cover, the actors in the film bear little resemblance to the awkward teenagers described in the book.

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