Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Tale of dying teen is full of embarrassing comic moments.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 13+

Excellent book

This is an great book looking at the challenges of a young man simply growing up. The akwardness of navigation the teen years. Having a friend who needs some guidance and shelter of another family. The breif moments of bad language just help illustrate the background of the character.

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age 14+

Fun, lively, easy to read with some good life lessons

I read this after seeing the movie, since the book is usually better, and it is. It's vulgar, sure, and funny and touching. Even the ending isn't totally predictable. The teens talk about sex but they're all virgins and stay that way. A character's older brother hid pot in his room before leaving home and there's a silly misadventure with that, but nothing that's going to make a kid who's never smoked suddenly decide to start. Being high doesn't make anyone look or feel cool and they end up never wanting to do it again. I especially like this book for teens because it shows the primary characters being creative and kind to each other, forming close, healthy friendships, and being supported by loving, involved parents with whom they share a tight bond. The narrator is kind of a downer, especially at first, but ultimately everything he and his friends go through, with the exception of leukemia, is a pretty normal, healthy part of growing up.

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