I read this in one sitting but I still can’t pinpoint why I’m not able to give it more than 3 stars.
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.
Greg and Earl are such quirky characters and they brought a lot of humour to the story. It was really sweet to see Greg struggle with Rachel and her illness and while they seem like an odd match, they really seemed to help each other find peace during the rediscovery of their friendship.
What really did enjoy about this book is the way it is written – more like a diary than a proper novel. There are script pieces scattered throughout and Greg – our trusty narrator – talks to the reader like an old friend:
“If after reading this book you come to my home and brutally murder me, I do not blame you”
As far as YA contemporary reads go, this is definitely employs a lot of the classic tropes such as friendship, love, loss and wit. I wouldn’t say this is the best book in the genre but it definitely warrants a read.
And if the book isn’t your thing, maybe you’ll like the movie better.
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