Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Jesse Andrews
AUD $19.99

A hilarious, outrageous, and truthful look at friendship, high school - and death - from a talented debut author. Film to be produced by Dan Fogelman.


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 classics.

Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel 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 lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

'A stonking read, wonderfully rude, filled with enough wit, verve and audacity to power at least twenty novels.' Phillip Gwynne, author of Deadly Unna? and Swerve

Author bio:

Jesse Andrews is a writer, musician, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He is a graduate of Harvard University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, which is almost as good as Pittsburgh. This is his first novel and is currently being turned into a screenplay with Dan Fogelman for Indian Paintbrush. Visit him online at

Category: Young adult fiction
ISBN: 9781742378343
Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: April 2012
Page Extent: 304
Format: Book
Age: 15 - 18
Subject: Young adult fiction

Reader Reviews

'Me, Earl and the Dying Girl was beautifully written. It was hilariously belly-aching at some parts and tearfully touching in others. I loved it. The story was written realistically; it did not add fancy flairs or provide a happy, unrealistic ending and the characters were so lovably different and awkward. This is the most awesomely peculiar book I have read all month.' Isabelle, 15

'This delightfully weird book was a true pleasure to read, funny and sincere. Like the main character said from the onset: This is not a book about romantic love or big life changing moments. It's a funny (and some times disgusting!) account of life how it is – inexplicable, complex and not a fairy tale.' Emily, 25

'I cannot begin to describe how hilariously funny this book was - it had me unable to read because I was laughing so much.' Christine, 17

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was amusing and highly entertaining. It took me three days to read, I just couldn't seem to put it down. I enjoyed the different ways that the author wrote conversations throughout and the additional chapters that explain Greg's life.' Elouise, 17

'I really enjoyed it. The narrator was funny and I liked the characters. It had a different feel to other books I’ve read recently, but I liked it! I thought the subject of leukaemia was handled delicately but also not tip toed around. I liked that.' Allison