I wanted to read this book because I recently watched the movie adaptation and I really enjoyed. Honestly though, I just didn’t care that much for the book. I never thought I would say this, but I think I liked the movie better than the book.
The whole thing was a little too profane and sometimes just gross for me. It might be how typical teenage boys think, but there were way too many mentions of girls’ boobs. Plus the main characters, Greg Gaines and Earl Jackson, just weren’t that likeable.
The premise is that Greg’s mom makes him spend time with Rachel Kushner, who just found out that she has leukemia. He is literally only spending time with her because he has to. He also purposefully does not make friends with anyone around him, instead choosing to be simply advanced acquaintances with everyone.
There were lots of obscure references to films that I couldn’t appreciate because I don’t know much about films, plus Greg’s parents did not seem like they were relatable at all. Greg himself wasn’t even that relatable. And a lot of the characters were only introduced on the fringe. You didn’t really get to know any of them very well.
I was planning to read Jesse Andrews’s two other books, but I decided against it for now. Maybe at some point, but instead I’m going back to Meg Cabot for this one. Next up is “The Mediator” series.
Tell you about it later,