This novel is not what I expected. This novel surprised me, because the plot is not predictable (as it sometimes is with YA fiction), and the main character doesn’t sugar-coat the situation that he finds himself in. This novel is slightly similar to The Fault in Our Stars, but it’s very different. I highly recommend this novel, it’s funny, sad at times, and it’s not your typical story. It’s nice to read a book that is honest, and characters that are relatable.
Greg Gaines is starting his senior year in high school. His plan is simple: Don’t join cliques, don’t talk to people, don’t have friends, and fly under the radar. He even describes his constant companion Earl, with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom insists he spend time with Rachel – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer. As they learn more about each other, the trio become great friends, and Greg abandons his principles. He slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be. Sadly, good things don’t last, and things take a turn for the worst. Greg has to make an important decision, and one that defines who he is.
Fiercely funny, honest, heart-breaking—this is an unforgettable novel that is an instant classic. I loved it, it’s a thoughtful, true, and unique book.