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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl | Jesse Andrews
The book that inspired the hit film! Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award Sundance Grand Jury Prize This is the funniest book youll ever read about death. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. But on the first day of his senior year, Greg Gaines thinks hes figured it out. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad? His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile. Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours. Then Gregs mom forces him to become friends with a girl who has cancer. This brings about the destruction of Gregs entire life.Praise for Me and Earl and the Dying GirlSTARRED REVIEW One need only look at the chapter titles (Lets Just Get This Embarrassing Chapter Out of the Way) to know that this is one funny book. Booklist, starred reviewSTARRED REVIEW A frequently hysterical confessional...Debut novelist Andrews succeeds brilliantly in painting a portrait of a kid whose responses to emotional duress are entirely believable and sympathetic, however fiercely he professes his essential crappiness as a human being. Though this novel begs inevitable thematic comparisons to John Green's The Fault in Our Stars (2011), it stands on its own in inventiveness, humor and heart. Kirkus Reviews, starred review It is sure to be popular with many boys, including reluctant readers, and will not require much selling on the part of the librarian. VOYA "Mr. Andrews' often hilarious teen dialogue is utterly convincing, and his characters are compelling. Greg's random sense of humor, terrible self-esteem and general lack of self-awareness all ring true. Like many YA authors, Mr. Andrews blends humor and pathos with true skill, but he steers clear of tricky resolutions and overt life lessons, favoring incremental understanding and growth." Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAwards: Capitol Choices 2013 - Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens Cooperative Childrens Book Center (CCBC) Choices 2013 list - Young Adult Fiction YALSA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
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Branwen
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#BannedBooksWeek

This week, I did one big book rec video for teens and adults which feature two books that are regularly banned and challenged. The tagged book actually made it onto the top ten most banned books of 2021 list put out by the ALA! 😱 Please watch it and give it a like! 💙 📚

YA & Adults: Banned Books Week!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGNmqOisDTE&t=33s

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Awk_Word_Smith
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Mehso-so

While I laughed at the inane stereotypical straight teenage boys antics, as the book dragged on, the MC grew exponentially more annoying. This book has made the recent rounds on the ALA most banned or challenged books list for sexual content and being degrading to women — see above‘s reference to stereotypical straight teenage boy antics. If anything the book makes it painfully obvious that without life experiences teens just don‘t get it.

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Awk_Word_Smith
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Starting my own Banned/Challenged Books Club. So far: one member (me). This is my first book for my solo club — join me if you‘d like, I have a long list to start. Also so far: laughed/snorted out loud three times through the second chapter. Bodes well.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Mehso-so

Continuing my tradition to read anything on the American Library Association yearly Top 10 Challenged Book List that I haven't yet read.
7️⃣ - Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and degrading to women.

For me it was just meh. Teenage Boy Humor. Which is what teenage boys do. They're not exactly know for their empathy and intelligence.
#top10challengedbooks

Crinoline_Laphroaig This was a good quote:
“Just because something is weird and hard to understand doesn‘t mean it‘s creative."
7mo
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DrLReads
Panpan

While the ending was okay, the humour just did not land for me and I found much of the dialogue stilted and cringey, too. (Although I am likely not the target audience…) Will be giving the move a try to see how the film adaptation compares (perhaps the rare case in which the movie is better?)

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Coleen
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Mehso-so

I read the book and then immediately watched the movie. (See above.)

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InkedBookworm13
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wanderinglynn So true. 😆 1y
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LeeAntics
Mehso-so

This book is not your typical “befriend the girl with cancer” book. There‘s no big meaningful lesson that‘s written out in flirtatious sentences. The narrator is obsolete in the grand scheme of things but overall, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” is a well written coming of age story with no clear objective as to what the lesson is. Definitely good laughs to draw from

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magyklyXdelish
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Thank you so so much for this wonderful birthday package :) I love it all so much and I‘m so thankful for you and your friendship ♥️

It literally just occurred to me I should have waited until the 26th…whoops 😬 I‘m not a very patient person haha

#LitsyLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!! I‘m glad it made it and I‘m thankful for your friendship ❤️❤️❤️Happy Birthday 🥳 1y
AmyG Happy Birthday 🎁🎂🎈 1y
sharread Happy Birthday! 🥳 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have SO MANY books 📚

Day 11

#MMMTbr

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Whalien99
Mehso-so

4 stars

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StuckOnChapter13
Mehso-so

Honestly, I‘m not sure about how I feel about this book. Sometimes I found myself laughing out loud but other times they would comment on things or situations that would make me uncomfortable. I did really enjoy that this book does seem like something a teenager would write

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adultishbookworm
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LilMrmd79
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A few good eBook sales today. Got this one.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Bonus Litsy Movie Review: I read this book a few years ago & I got what it was trying to do & I appreciate anything that name-checks classic foreign films, but, like many on Litsy, it didn‘t rock me.

I just finished watching the movie which is several orders of magnitude better than the book. The author wrote the screenplay, so good for him for finding the format that maybe this story was supposed to be in the first place.

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theteenbookshelf
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Pickpick

I can‘t even put into words how spectacular Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is. It is one of my new favorite books for two main reasons. First of all, it is has one of the most accurate representations of school I have ever read. Second, it was hilarious . Before reading this book, I had never actually laughed out loud while reading a book. I highly recommend this novel.

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PurpleTulipGirl
Mehso-so

3/5⭐️ Definitely not a book everyone will appreciate. Has some pretty good moments, but the unfiltered narrative style got a bit too stream of consciousness for me at times.

I appreciated the fact that the MC doesn‘t become a whole new person because of the experience he has, that t doesn‘t resort to sappy or trite cliches about death. It‘s honest about it being messy and hard to watch someone die.

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PurpleTulipGirl

“This book contains precisely zero Important Life Lessons, or Little-Known Facts About Love, or sappy tear-jerking Moments When We Knew We Had Left Our Childhood Behind for Good, or whatever.”

Good to know!

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cclyon_13
Mehso-so

I just started reading this book. So far it‘s not that good. It‘s dull and boring. I would add more detail but I just started it so I don‘t know very much about it

Cfischbuch Try to read to at least page 50 - then if you‘re still not enjoying it, bail. It‘s okay to bail, there are loads of good books out there. 3y
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Rupi
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2020 Book#5

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Toughangelbooks
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Bailedbailed

Had a hard time reading this book. Has a very negative tone to the writing and made it very hard to be interested and get into the book.
1.5/5 stars
🌟⭐

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Snaggy95
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Bailedbailed

This is the only book I‘ve ever chosen to put down & never pick up again. There have been books that I made myself finish even if they weren‘t the most interesting to me, but with this one I realized I had absolutely 0 desire completing it. Reading felt more like a chore. The storyline didn‘t hook me & I didn‘t love any of the characters. I was more annoyed by the characters at times. Some may love this book, but it‘s just not for me.

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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

You‘d never know from the title that this book is hilarious. Or maybe I have the sense of humor of a 16 yr old boy...

Greg and Earl make films, usually inspired by films they‘ve watched, usually not very good. They become friends with a girl, Rachel, who has leukemia. They let her watch the films, and she likes them. It‘s adorable and snarky and funny.

This may be my favorite YA I‘ve read this year.

Soubhiville @jpmcwisemorgan this is part of the small stack of books I‘m bringing for you this weekend 😊📚 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve heard good things about book and film!! 3y
jpmcwisemorgan That sounds like a great addition to our stack at work! 3y
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Soubhiville
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“Music really only interested me as a soundtrack to a movie, and as for sports, I mean, come on. It‘s some guys throwing some balls around, or trying to knock each other over, and you‘re supposed to watch them for three hours at a time, and it just seems like a waste. I dunno. I don‘t want to sound condescending, so I‘m not going to say anything else, except it‘s literally impossible to imagine a thing dumber than sports.”

My thoughts exactly!🤣

vivastory 😂😂 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz 😂😂😂I can't ever say that to my hubby lol 3y
Lcsmcat If it weren‘t for the comment on music I could totally get behind this. 3y
Soubhiville @Lcsmcat I agree, I enjoy music. I really just meant the sports part. 3y
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Soubhiville
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My #weekly forecast.
A friend loaned me Starless Sea 🤗. I will get my own copy but waiting until after the holidays in case it ends up under the tree!
I‘m waiting for a library hold for Quichotte, so I‘m not sure which audiobook will be up this week.
I‘m reading the tagged for #BBRC book to movie and also for #MountTBR.
The author of Mostly Dead Things was at #TXBookFest2019, and the title intrigued me. It‘s good, but a little dark.

Cinfhen I do love the cover and title but it‘s a short story collection/ right?!? 3y
Cinfhen I see it says novel / why did I think it was short stories?? 3y
Soubhiville @Cinfhen it is a novel. I‘m not sure... except there have been tons of short story collections released this year? 3y
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Cinfhen Must be a similar titled or book cover that I‘m confusing it with 🤷🏼‍♀️There really were A LOT of short story collections this year! A bunch were on the ToB long list 3y
LibrarianRyan yeahhhh. 3y
TheAromaofBooks Starless Sea just came in at the library for me, but I probably won't get to it this week. I've heard mixed reviews so I'm nervous!! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Can't wait to read your review on Starless Sea! 3y
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bookandcat
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Library #bookhaul ! #litsyloveslibraries
It took me many tries to leave. First, I went in to pick up holds. I checked out. As I left I noticed the Colson Whitehead and went back to get it. Outside I realized I hadn't put my book club book (tagged) on hold yet and saw it was in stock. Went back in to check it out. Librarian laughed and said "maybe we will get you out this time". As I left the book alarm system went off! ??

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BookishTrish
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Mehso-so

A non-descript high school girl is dying and it matters to a white dude who makes films. The plot and characterization are weak but the writing is sharp and zappy. I texted more than a few quotes to a friend.

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Yanya
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Pickpick

I felt a bit guilty about laughing!

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ChelseaM6010
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1. Black Panther
2. Laugh, eat.
3.10
4. Tagged
5 done!

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

amb Oh that's a bummer I loved the movie. 4y
ChelseaM6010 I tried to get into it! It just wasn‘t for me 😞 4y
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BeaG
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My current read. I watched the trailer for the movie yesterday and decided to read the book.

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staci.reads
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#YAWednesday @funkybookworm
This one made me laugh multiple times, especially when I felt I shouldn't be laughing 😉. The narrator and his friend Earl are irreverent, inappropriate, and funny.

TheFunkyBookworm Stacking! 4y
MirrorMask That's a good one!!! 4y
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thathikermeg
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Pickpick

Took this book traveling with me, finished it in the airport! It was definitely an enjoyable read. I can‘t say it‘s one of my favorites, but definitely one I could read again!

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AuntBeezy
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“One thing I‘ve learned about people is that the easiest way to get them to like you is to shut up and let them do the talking.”

The audiobook is tops on this one.

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kay.falco
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Pickpick

One of my favorites. I absolutely love this book.

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LibrarianJen
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1. While it‘s not the main theme of the book, Earl is always raiding Greg‘s fridge because Greg‘s parents keep it stocked with off the wall Whole Foods nosh. Also, Earl‘s aspiration in life is to manage a Wendy‘s.
2. Mediterranean
3. Anything with bell peppers and other peppers because I‘m allergic.
4. 4th of July cookouts
5. Casa de Benavidez https://tinyurl.com/y74p8zkh

#manicmonday

JoScho I love Mediterranean food ❤️ 5y
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Meghan1
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Pickpick

This was a pick for me, although I did have some mixed about it. Greg has mixed emotions about his friend Rachel, who has leukemia. He was very honest about how difficult high school is and how weird this experience was for him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sammisho
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Panpan

I did not enjoy this book 90% of the time. The snark and sarcasm missed the mark and came off as too much.

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sammisho
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My March #TBR

vkois88 Ahhhh!!! Beautiful disaster ❤❤❤ 5y
sammisho @vkois88 I started it last night...I have mixed emotions so far 5y
vkois88 It's tough at first, and there are some points it's just like..... meh. But if you read the whole series, it's totally worth it. Though, tbh, I prefer the side novels about Travis' brothers better. 5y
Betty I loved 5y
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Minispok
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Reading time with Luna 🌛❤ #dogsoflitsy

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LiteraryJackalope
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So far I am loving this book. I was afraid it was going to be a little too John Green-ey (which, in my opinion, is not desirable to read unless your reading John Green... not that there‘s anything wrong with John Green! Just not my cup of tea at age 23) but it‘s not. It‘s lovely. I chose it for my Teen Book Club for March and I think it will go over well! Love the male narrator / perspective.

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Obsessedwiththepages
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Pickpick

AH!!! Okay I'm gonna fangirl so be ready....3..2..1..
MY GOSH. THIS👏BOOK👏IM👏STILL👏SHOOK👏
I loved this book. Jesse Andrews' writing style is comedic but also real in the moments it needs to be. I laughed, I smiled, and I cried through this incredible book. Read it.

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CleverGirl
Pickpick

What a weird and thoroughly enjoyable book.

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Missusb
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Three YA books I read and enjoyed, so need to catch up on films. But finding time is hard - watching equals no reading.... #bookstofilms #everythingeverything #beforeifall

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Oli.reads
Panpan

I (sadly) bought this book and kinda expected a lot. I‘m surprised it was made into a movie because I feel like they didn‘t carry through a meaning. It started off good but then it just stayed at the same point basically... and then the last 3 pages they crammed in a lot of... meaning? It doesn‘t feel well thought out

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Quinndm
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"I put the 'idiot' in 'videotape'."

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Pickpick

In my head canon Greg Heffley, the near sociopathic narcissist that stars in the beloved children‘s book series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, grew up to be the Greg that narrates this book.

He was an unlikeable narrator, actively resisting any sense of perspective that might wiggle into his self-centered mind after being forced to hang out with a classmate dying of leukemia, but I‘m giving this a Pick ‘cause it made me laugh and mentions Werner Herzog

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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GondorGirl I should have taken his advice and shoved the book down the disposal. This was one where I honestly couldn't figure out why it was so popular. 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @GondorGirl I genuinely love the discussion of obscure foreign films which is my wheelhouse, but the humor is wearing a bit thin. 5y
Kaylamburson I agree with @GondorGirl. I didn't like this book at all. 5y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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Well Litsy, are you happy? I‘ve broken almost 6 years of total Book Monogamy. I am now reading two books simultaneously! What is this madness? One in print, and one on the Kindle while I rock our 4 month old to sleep.

#FirstLine of my #CurrentRead

hermyknee 🙌🏽🎉😅 5y
merelybookish Kids! 🤣 5y
Ms_T Yay for multitasking! 👏🏻 5y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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If you asked me “Hey, Tobey, do you like YA?” I‘d say “Nah” trying not to sound elitist because All Literature Is Valid.

But if you said “Do you occasionally like tales of slightly socially maladjusted boys in high school who understand books and movies more than people, specifically girls?” I‘d say “Totally! It‘s like looking through a portal into days of long ago!”

So... I guess I like some YA? #currentread

Texreader 😂 5y
Wbabdullah It‘s ok to like to YA! Welcome to the club! 5y
Dragon This one and the Wallflower book are great - teen guys trying to figure girls out YA 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @dragon I read that book and loved it and never once realized that it was classified as YA. Same with King Dork and its sequel, The Boy Who Couldn‘t Sleep and Never Had To, and I Love You Beth Cooper. I only recently learned that those were all considered YA. 5y
Dragon Those sound like books I should read 👍🐉 5y
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