Greg has prided himself on being a high school nobody, able to melt into the scenery and never get noticed. His only friend is Earl, and the two of them are obsessed with making weird movies which largely turn out to be homages to Herzog and Coppola. Life is going along well enough until Greg’s mom forces him to rekindle a friendship with Rachel, who has been diagnosed with leukemia. Hilarity and heartbreak ensue.
In all honesty, this was the only one of the Cybils finalists that I really cared about. This was my only horse in the game after all of my other favorite titles were cut. Jesse Andrews’s debut is well worth fighting for, and is well worth a reader’s time and investment. Smart, funny, and absolutely authentic, this is definitely a standout of last year.
There’s a lot of great stuff at work in Andrews’s novel (which…
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