Book vs. Movie: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl


Book vs. Movie

Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a weekly feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations. 

Book vs. Movie: Me and Earl and the Dying GirlTitle: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews
Publisher: Amulet Books
Cast: Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, RJ Cyler
Director:  Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Screenplay: Jesse Andrews
Publication Date: March 1, 2012


Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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Book vs. Movie Review

Ironically, the title of this feature would have the reader believe that books are always better than the film. In most cases, this is often true. When it comes to comparing Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I much preferred the film to the book. While the book has many enjoyable features, the movie is extremely well done and has brought life to the story. Continue reading