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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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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. 1y
ChelseaM6010 I tried to get into it! It just wasn‘t for me 😞 1y
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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! 1y
MirrorMask That's a good one!!! 1y
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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 ❤️ 2y
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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 ❤❤❤ 2y
sammisho @vkois88 I started it last night...I have mixed emotions so far 2y
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. 2y
Betty I loved 2y
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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
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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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Skyfullofzoes
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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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. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @GondorGirl I genuinely love the discussion of obscure foreign films which is my wheelhouse, but the humor is wearing a bit thin. 2y
Kaylamburson I agree with @GondorGirl. I didn't like this book at all. 2y
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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 🙌🏽🎉😅 2y
merelybookish Kids! 🤣 2y
Ms_T Yay for multitasking! 👏🏻 2y
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beachbookworm7
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Day 25: Recreate a Bookish Photo #novinbooks17
I tried to recreate a photo that I found on Pinterest and I think it came out pretty good! Have you ever tried to recreate a bookish photo?

#bookstagram #booknerd #bookaddict #bibliophile #bookphotography #booklover #reading #bookcollection #bookcommunity #ilovebooks #bookshelf #bookworm #bookaholic #photography #shelfie #books #bookishphoto #bookish #recreate #headphones #jeans #notebook #purse

Cinfhen Looks very good! 2y
bookaholic1 I love it!! 2y
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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 😂 2y
Wbabdullah It‘s ok to like to YA! Welcome to the club! 2y
Dragon This one and the Wallflower book are great - teen guys trying to figure girls out YA 2y
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. 2y
Dragon Those sound like books I should read 👍🐉 2y
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GatheringBooks
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A social justice library find for me and a YA novel for the teenage girl. :)

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AmandaL
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I read the book weeks ago and enjoyed it. Today I finally saw the movie, and this was one of the very rare instances where I liked the film even better. The screenplay was written by the author. It had me like 😭#bookvsmovie #booktofilm ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s always a good sign, if the author is really involved. 2y
AmandaL @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I totally agree. 2y
Caroline2 Such a good film! ❤️ 2y
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Dragon I agree, the film was even better. The casting was spot on. 👍🐉 2y
AmandaL @Caroline2 It was! I loved how it incorporated the classic films and their soundtracks too. 2y
AmandaL @Dragon Yes! I only wish it had more Earl. 😁 2y
Dragon Agreed 👍 2y
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Kboltz
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Panpan

I usually like YA novels but this man should never be allowed to write again. Kids in high school do not talk this way and the ones that do need to look in a mirror. He tried too hard in trying to convey what I believe he thought YA adults would think was funny. Did not see the movie,they added a partial screenplay and one "joke" that he added is just dumb! Ooh the word tampon IS funny? Maybe this author is 17 yrs old? Can I get my money back?

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ItsAngel
Bailedbailed

Yea, I just can't. This one isn't for me. 🤷🏼‍♀️

ChicaReads Really? I'm having the same problem with one of my reads too. 2y
ItsAngel Yea, I thought originally it was going to be a cute read, and probably sad...but it's just meh. There are too many books that I really want to read right now to force myself to read something I'm not enjoying. 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 I wasn't a fan of this book either. 2y
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ItsAngel @ChristalynnLuvsBooks what book are you struggling with? 2y
ItsAngel @bookish22 A lot of people really enjoyed it...I just think it's silly and lacking any depth at all. Could just be my frame of mind right now. 2y
ChicaReads @ItsAngel The Whale Rider. I've seen the movie a few times and this just might be one of those cases of the movies was better. 2y
ItsAngel Sorry it didn't work out got you. Hopefully the next one will blow you away. 😊 I've never read or watched it. 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 I felt the same way it just wasn't doing it for me. 2y
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ItsAngel

Anyone else have trouble sticking with this one? It just seems kind of silly and pointless. Stick with it or bail? 🤔🤔🤔

zezeki Didn't know about the book but I've watched the film and cried my eyes out 2y
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AmandaL
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Pickpick

I read this start to finish in one sitting today. Overall, it was funny and the end was touching. I'm going to watch the movie next, and see how they compare. #ya

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Pickpick

A good book. Unique style in the writing, hilarious at times. But I struggled a little to stick with it about halfway through. The main character's thoughts dragged a bit for me. I'm glad I finished though. I liked the ending. 😊

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SheReadsAndWrites
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My day in a nutshell 🤓 #Saturday #read

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SheReadsAndWrites
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Ramses and I just want to lay in bed all day and read. Alas, that is not what our Thursday is meant to be. Maybe Saturday..... #hopeful #wanttoread

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SheReadsAndWrites
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This is happening today. 😎 #poolside #Saturday #amreading

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Robinsroute
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Pickpick

I liked this book because it provided me with some dark, awkward humour as a first person point of view through a terribly awkward, and therefore relatable character. The beginning took off really well, however towards the end it was pretty anti-climatic. Though I suspect those qualities were intentional due to the nature of the character narrating the book. Overall it's a 3.5/5. Definitely worth the read!

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SheReadsAndWrites
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My nephew just recommended this. I'm eager to give it a go...

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Robinsroute
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I'm back after the hiatus/slump. My cousin died suddenly a few months ago of currently unknown reasons, and I've just been dealing with that. I was in the middle of reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, but after the denial wore off I wasn't able to finish it, and haven't been able to read more than a few pages of anything since... Until the last few days when I picked this little nugget up and was able to finish it! Hopefully a good sign!

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syasutake
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One of my critique partners keeps telling me I have to read this, so here I go. After I finish this and the other library books I currently have out, I solemnly swear to read nothing but books I own for a month.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Famous last words!!!!! 😜 2y
syasutake @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know! 😂 I figure if I say it publicly maybe, just maybe, I'll stick to it! 2y
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LibrarianErn
Bailedbailed

I pushed through 50 pages and just couldn't keep going. There was something about the tone and quality of writing that I couldn't get behind. I returned it to the library immediately.

blankpagesofmine That's a bummer! I heard good things about it, thanks for the heads up though. 2y
anovelglimpse I don't blame you. It wasn't my favorite. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I bailed on the movie too 😑 2y
Eryn2513 I bailed too! I thought I was the only one. I just couldn't get into it. 2y
ThatswhatCharlottesaid Hm I finished it, but it definitely was a funny style writing wise. A bit too self aware for first person I thought? 2y
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aquanin
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Pickpick

Sicklit ini kocak banget. Beberapa kali saya ngempet ngakak.
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#meandearlandthedyinggirl #jesseandrews
#youngadult

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adoringfiction
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1. Oklahoma, USA
2. Everyone was joining from Instagram and I wanted another form to interact on
3. Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl based on the book by Jesse Andrews. I really liked the movie more than the book
4. Nope 😂
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@saguarosally #welcomelitten
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okay this is my first post on litsy & i would post a book photo but i don't have any and i don't have a phone to do a shoot on. as soon as i do, i'll post!

BethM Welcome! 2y
rachelm Welcome! 2y
adoringfiction @BethM thank you! 2y
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adoringfiction @rachelm thank you! 2y
caseydillabooks I loved the movie version of Me and Earl! I liked it more than the book 2y
Literaturehour You live In Oklahoma? So do I!! 2y
adoringfiction @caseydillabooks yes! it was so much more easy flowing that the book i feel 2y
adoringfiction @Literaturehour that's crazy! really? 2y
Literaturehour Yea! Small world! 2y
caseydillabooks Yeah also personally I think the humor came across better. But I might be in the minority with that opinion 2y
adoringfiction @caseydillabooks no i feel the same. i thought the book had some funny parts but the main character (i forgot his name 😭) just came off as heartless in the book 2y
saguarosally Around here I am the queen of screenshots. 2y
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Pickpick

I was laughing throughout the whole book due to the storyline were told from Greg's point of view. Greg and his friend Earl are two school boy who likes to do stupid things and said disgusting things but also funny, then they've met this girl who had cancer and can they make her happy? Especially Greg, can he tho?! FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG, LINK IN BIO!! #bookworm #bibliophile #bookreview #meandearlandthedyinggirl #jesseandrews

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teacups_and_books
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This. Is. Amazing!!!! If you want cancer and humor in one book, read this!

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readem_andweep
Mehso-so

I wanted this to be a lot better than it was... It was funny, but boring. It was honest, but not really sad or heartbreaking like you assume it's going to be. It was just "eh," basically. 3/5 stars

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Lucy2
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Pickpick

A funny and insightful book! I enjoyed how Jesse Andrews gave each character a detailed and completely different and random personality. Overall an enjoyable read. #meandearlandthedyinggirl

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JacintaMCarter
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Earl is one of my favorite #SnarkyCharacters. #SplashIntoSummerReads

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Rookiered

My all time favorite! 😸📖

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actualdisneyprincess
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Bailedbailed

People kept telling me to read this, so I tried. I got 100 pages in before I finally gave up; I couldn't take the narrator telling the audience how stupid it was, and that they should stop reading, any longer. Again, maybe I'm just not in the right mood for this, but like my recent experience with Lisa Jewell's "I Found You," I'm also not in the mood to muddle through something I'm not loving. (Even though, as a Pittsburgher, I wanted to like it.)