☺ Hello again, here comes a review for a book whose movie has been highly appraised at Sundance! So hopefully you’ll like this review and I’ll leave the trailer at the bottom.
How did I get it? It was sent to me for review by the Atlantic imprint of Allen and Unwin. So than you for being so kind and generous at sending this to me.
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.
I sped through this book. I really liked it, even though some bits kind of lagged in plot.
Greg Gaines. Greg was a very weird character. He really started to annoy me in some places. It felt like he was being a jerk to Rachel sometimes and to Earl as well. He didn’t want to be friends with them and then he did and then he didn’t. Overall I pretty much enjoyed the company of all the other characters over him.
Earl Jackson. I really liked Earl he was a blunt and straightforward person. I really admire that in a person because they’re not afraid to tell you the truth.
Rachel ?. Rachel was a nice character although she wasn’t featured very much in the book I think. She was really trying to be friends with Greg but he kept pushing her out even when she got really sick. She kept persevering though and that’s an admirable quality.
I liked the plot, but not as much as the writing. Jesse Andrews made it very humourous. It had shots of very dark humour which made it a little easier to read on such a subject. Now, I know we can’t read much in the cancer genre without it being compared to The Fault in our Stars but this is really different. It’s not bawl your eyes out sad or romantically clichéd. In fact there’s not really a romantic aspect in the story. Even the ending is not very sad at all.
My favourite quotes:
“It’s like when a kitten tries to bite something to death. The kitten clearly has the cold-blooded murderous instinct of a predator, but at the same time, it’s this cute little kitten, and all you want to do is stuff it in a shoebox and shoot a video of it for grandmas to watch on YouTube.”
“If after reading this book you come to my home and brutally murder me, I do not blame you.”
I’d give this book a four out of five stars and recommend you read it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐