I've already read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, but I decided I'd read it again, before I saw the movie. I'm about halfway through it now, but I have enjoyed it so far. It's, in a way, a more comedic version of The Fault in our Stars, or at the very least, a more realistic version. You figure, you have a teenage boy trying to get through his senior year, and all of a sudden, a girl he barely knows' struggles are are thrown at him by his mother, and he is pressured into getting to know her again. It's not going to be a perfect fantasy.
So far, I can relate to Greg and how he is handling both school and the situation with Rachel. Greg is trying to get through school by staying under-the-radar and being friendly to everyone, while not spending time with them. His only real friend is Earl, as well as the only person he spends any time with at all. Similar to me, I don't really want to get to know anyone except the people I spend my time with, but I want to stay on their good list. I only have a few or so friends I trust and do a lot with. Greg also hasn't spoken to Rachel since he went to Hebrew school, and when he starts hanging out with her again, he doesn't know how to grasp the situation. He gets through it by talking about what's happening seriously occasionally, but also creating jokes and humor out of it, albeit with Rachel's permission. I would do this also, especially if talking about the situation makes the other person uncomfortable. I would want to see them happy.
I think the novel is pretty funny, but Greg is a little scatter-brained some of the time. Because of that, the format of the book is odd, and it may go from the middle of a story to an ending without explanation. Of course, though, this is done on purpose because it is supposed to be a journal or essay of some sort by Greg Gaines. He is also the narrator, so knowing what others are thinking is impossible or unclear at times.
I think that the most important things so far are the themes of self-criticism and struggle. It shows how, even with a mask of comedy and humor, reality lies beneath. It's something you cannot avoid, and, when it comes down to it, you have to talk about it. Greg and Rachel have to do this, and do bring up Rachel's cancer every once in a while, but Greg and her both try to avoid reality. During this entire time, Greg tells himself he isn't supporting Rachel enough, or talks about her problems too much. Rachel, though, doesn't mind, because she's more concerned about her own struggle.
All-in-all, I've enjoyed the book so far, and I hope I will like the rest of it as well.
I think I'll read a bit more today but I'm leaving tomorrow for ten days and I won't have any internet so I'm doing my wrap-up today (as on 30 June, 9 a.m.)
What I read:
- And I Darken by Kiersten White 3/5 (Review)
- The Last Star by Rick Yancey 5/5 (Review)
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foe 5/5 (Review)
- City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (re-read) 35/ (Review)
- L'ombre du vent by Carlos Ruis Zafón 4/5 (Review)
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 4/5 (Review)
- Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer 3.5/5 (Review)
- UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn 3/5 (Review)
Hopefully I'll finish Ozma of Oz that I just started this morning. It's a quick read but I have to go to work, to pack to go to camp and then we are hosting a party with people from my class (as you may know it was my last year at university and I'll be in the real world as in September... Scary).
I won't do a TBR for July. Because of camp, I won't be able to read that much and I'm not sure which books I woud like to read.. I'll try to follow my Summer reading list as much as I can!
If you are going on holiday or to camp or just spending time with your loved ones, I hope you'll have a good time :)
Thanks for reading,