Cybils Love Is in the Air

The winners of the 2012 Cybils Awards were announced today! What’s the Young Adult Fiction selection, you ask? Jesse Andrews’ ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

me and earl and the dying girl

Here’s what my fellow judges and I thought of it:

Greg wants you to know that he’s not writing some soppy cancer book.  The impending death of his sorta-friend, sorta-ex-girlfriend Rachel from leukemia won’t teach him any great lessons about the meaning of life. He’s gonna swear. He’s gonna crack sick jokes. There will be awkward silences. And he’ll make stupendously bad films with his best friend, Earl, while ignoring his own rules about staying under the radar during senior year.

What Greg doesn’t tell you is that his story will break your heart anyway. With sharply-drawn characters,  dialogue so real you expect to hear it in the school hallway, and a mix of formats that keep the story moving, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book that will make readers laugh out loud even as they sympathize with Greg’s bumpy journey into adulthood.

This book hooked me from page one, which if you’ve ever tried to write a first page you know is no easy task. By page two, I was green with envy and wishing I had written it.

Y’all, judging the finalists for the YA Fiction category was SO MUCH HARDER than I ever thought it would be. But discussing books with people who love reading and writing just as much as I do was amazing. Huge thanks to my fellow judges and our judge-wrangler!

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12 thoughts on “Cybils Love Is in the Air”

  1. Of all the books I read for the Cybils, this was one of two where I found myself reading sections aloud because they were just too funny to be read silently. (Since the other book was written by Daniel Handler, I consider this high praise indeed.)

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