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Published: March 2012
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Humor
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.
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
This is a love it or hate it book. It all hinges on whether or not you find it funny. If you find it funny, it will be hilarious, and you will love it. If you dont find it funny, then you will be subjected to stupid barf jokes more than anyone should. I am without a doubt in the latter group.
Gregs humor is like listening to someone who isnt naturally funny, try their hardest to tell a joke. So you laugh politely, not knowing that they will cling to this encouragement. Will then declare themselves funny, and will never stop telling bad jokes. (lesson: do not laugh unless something is funny, it benefits no one)
The problem with me not finding this book funny, is that there is nothing else. No interesting storyline, no likeable characters. And not even a hint of some life lesson about cancer or growing up. Instead you get deeply unlikable characters, monologues about how awkward things can be, and ever present barf jokes.
The one redeemable thing I found about the book, was the protrayal of Greg. He is the most accurate and honest description of a teenage boy, I have ever seen.