I really enjoyed reading this book and I can’t believe I held off on reading it for soo long!! Putting it off again and again. I lovvve how this book has been written. The writing style is really good and creative and had me flying through this it in no time; with it being written as through the author, aka the main character Greg, is speaking directly to the reader for the entirity of the book. Right down to the beginning of the book where there is “A note from Greg Gaines” which just added that little bit of extra something. I love it.
Goodreads Book Description:
“Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.
Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.
Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.
And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.”
This book feels honest, in a brutal way. There was no holding back, especially when it comes to things that you wouldn’t think to include and share with people, out of the sheer awkwardness and out of embarrassment. Especially, when towards the end of the book, when we find out who and why Greg is actually writing this book for in the first place. But at the same time, Greg is in some serious denial, both about his feelings and when he says how all of this didn’t change or affect him. But with all that, it just adds to how realistic this story feels, right down to the title, which just tells you exactly what you’re in for and what you’re getting! But on saying that, it’s not a book that just focuses on Rachel and the illness. It’s not some soppy book, but it also focuses on other things; it’s about teenagers, growing up, school, friendship and other aspects, and the illness is just another thing in this book.
You get these little parts within the story that look like a film script, which is so fitting and suits Greg’s characters personality down to a tee. These little extras are just so perfect, especially considering this book is written in the way that Greg is meant to have wrote it, and Greg states how he is more a filmmaker and not a writer.
In the Epilogue, there is a funny little thing that was just so funny to me, because of hindsight and because I waited so long to read this book. Greg states how he wants to be “making a film out of this book. There is no way in hell that is going to happen.” This made me laugh so much because I know that they made a film based on this book, so I found it hilarious. Hell, the cover of my book is from the film and I sadly saw the film first.
I’m so glad I’ve finally read this book and I already want to re-read it!! The movie cover doesn’t even bother me. I definitely recommend this book and want to check out and see if there are more books by this author and see whether his writing style is the same or whether he changes it up in his other books, making this writing style individual to this book. I will definitely be keeping an eye out.