Just finished "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" the book, and I have this to say:
I am 24 years old. I've perfected how to go about reading a book. Here's the secret:
Watch the movie first.
Reasons why this is preferable: You know what the characters look like & you can picture everything without much mental thought.
Reason why this is a preferable reason: I'm a creative person. I don't like to think.
THEN you read the book, and it's awesome, especially when you like a movie, because it's like bonus material.
I feel like there's another thing I need to explain:
MOVIES ARE 100% BETTER THAN BOOKS. And anyone who says otherwise is a dumbass.
Reasoning: Movies are visual. Movies have musical scores. There is nothing more powerful and emotion provoking than music and seeing tragedy.
I was left with zero lasting impressions from the book. It had no overall meaning to it or little reasons for things. It was as true to life as fiction gets. No stereotypical romance, didn't follow the rules (i.e. introduction, call to adventure, denial, climax, plot twist, resolution). It was just there.
I was at least left with sadness and tears from the movie. It wrapped things together better, made the Rachel the Film viewing and her death more dramatic. It was very subtle, but there.
BUT the two together: Love it.
Need to acquire both DVD and hardcopy collector's edition.