Author: Jesse Andrews
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Overview: Greg and Earl couldn't be any more different, yet somehow, they were able to form a friendship and an intense bond through the art of filmmaking. The power duo created dozens of films, but never let another soul view them, until Rachel, a classmate, was diagnosed with cancer. Rachel flips their lives upside down and inspires both boys to see the world through a new lense.
What I loved: The back cover of the book describes the story perfectly, "This is the funniest book you'll ever read about death." While it may seem this book is comparable to The Fault in Our Stars, Andrews has written something totally contrasting to Green's whirlwind novel and is inticing in its own way.
The writing is funny, quirky and utterly sarcastic. Greg, the main character and narrator, brings a unique spin to the typical YA novel.
The chapters are short and easy to read. You'll be laughing out loud for sure while reading this one. I'm definitely looking forward to watching the movie to see how it compares.
What I didn't: While I did enjoy reading this book, I ended up a little disappointed by the end. The plot I was expecting, wasn't revealed until almost the mid-point of the novel. Before the story picked up, I was extremely impatient. The plot developed too slow for my taste which caused me to often lose my desire to read the book. At times, I felt I was forcing myself to keep reading just to finish. Also, the ending seemed a little rushed, which was even more unfulfilling considering I felt I waited for so long for the story to truly begin in the first place.