ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (Amulet Books, 2012) is my first novel. It became a New York Times bestseller, and the movie adaptation (written by me, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, and starring Thomas Mann, Olivia Cooke, and RJ Cyler) won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
It is the story of Greg Gaines, the terminally awkward groundhog-looking kid who just wants to survive high school without anyone really paying attention to him; his only friend and coworker Earl Jackson, who is the creative genius that he makes deeply terrible movies with; and Rachel, a girl with cancer that Greg's mom is forcing him to hang out with.
In starred reviews, Booklist called it "one funny book" and "moving," and Kirkus Reviews said it "stands on its own in inventiveness, humor, and heart." It also won the 2013 Cybils Award for Young-Adult Fiction, among other recognitions.
Here, again, are alphabetized links you can use to buy this book. But it is also very possibly at your local indie bookstore if you have one. If you don't have one, build one! Build it to give your life meaning. And also avert a horrific dystopian future like the one depicted in Children of Men. Children of Men, the movie where humans mysteriously can't have kids anymore, probably because the environment is all messed up. Oh for crying out loud. You haven't seen Children of Men either? What have you seen?