Me and Earl and the Dying Girl reminded me of Catcher in the Rye, except it was better. And yes, I know that CITR is a classic, but here’s a secret- I didn’t like it. Okay, but back to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I loved the author’s voice and how he allowed his main character to write conversationally. That technique isn’t used often, but it’s actually how I write normally, so I was really surprised and happy to see it.
I found it very interesting how the main character, Greg, wanted to be invisible and live his life in peace by being a floater rather than belonging to any one social clique. This characteristic distinguished him from many other characters, which provided me with a breath of fresh air. Also, I thought that it was very interesting that Greg tried to focus on making Rachel (the dying girl) laugh. He didn’t want to talk to her about anything serious- he just wanted to make her laugh. And, by making Rachel laugh, he made the reader (aka me) laugh as well! Yes, some of the things he said were stupid, but they were funny.
I think that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is very unique and doesn’t have many parallels to other YA books in the market currently. I really enjoyed it and recommend it. I give it 4/5stars.
Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) by Jodi Meadows
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: January 31st 2012
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
One of the reasons why I really enjoyed Incarnate was because it was so unique. To my knowledge, I have never read a book that had the same underlying theme/plot as Incarnate. Imagine a world where everyone’s souls are constantly reincarnated, and everyone knows everyone. Except, one day, a new soul is born and replaces one of the reincarnated souls. And of course, the protagonist, Ana, is the one person who does not have a reincarnated soul, and that makes her the target of bullying, guilt, and blame.
Ana had to deal with all of those things on a daily basis. It’s horrible, isn’t it? You would think that she would be depressed 24/7 and she would be a one dimensional character, but fear not- she was absolutely a dynamic character! Jodi Meadows (the author) was able to portray Ana in a way that was very relatable to teenagers. I could feel Ana’s emotions as she went from being in the pits of despair and loneliness to the happiness of being recognized as someone who was truly valued.
Also, there was a cute romance that partially developed, and a couple of plot twists that linked to the romance. Overall, I really enjoyed Incarnate and give it 4/5stars.