I haven’t finished a book in five weeks and thank god I finally got into a book enough to finish it! I’m a sucker for YA. Sometimes I think “oh YA isn’t for me” because I get caught up in the classics or other literature and then I realize what an oafish idiot I have become. YA is magical. YA is great. Honestly if you don’t enjoy YA, I’m not sure I want to know you. “Sophisticated” literature can get the best of me, but I always come around to YA. (Side note: today my roommate tried to tell me that children’s literature and young adult literature are essentially the same and I almost impaled her with a frying pan. But I need someone to pay rent.)
My friend said she was reading this book and she thought I would really enjoy the writing style of this book, and let me tell you she wasn’t wrong. I am more than in love with the way this book is written, I’m pretty sure I AM this book. I am a sarcastic fuck and I love everything about the writing style of this book. I think I could take a line from every page and rave about how each sentence embodies my entire personality. I have various screenshots of lines in this book that resonate with me, I honestly do not think I have ever read a book in which I’ve enjoyed the witty, sarcastic prose so much.
The plot was quirky, semi-similar to Fault in Our Stars – but not the same dramatic cancer story. It’s still a story about a girl with cancer, yes. But there’s something more realistic about this book. It was different in that it wasn’t a grand love story with a meaningful adventure and a sad ending that makes you cry profusely. I liked how this plot unfurled in such a casual way, I think it attests to my personality and preferences. I adored the character’s quirks – the entirety of Earl was great. His diction, his backstory, and his relationship with Greg. Everything about Earl is great. Anytime I read a YA novel with a male protagonist I always identify with him, the same rings true in this book. I think it’s mostly how Greg narrates and speaks. I can sum this attachment and connection up with two words: self deprecation. Honestly, if I was any good at being funny I would be a self deprecative comedian. No doubt.
I would definitely read this again tomorrow, I enjoyed it so much.