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#MiniReviews: Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, The Girl On The Train & Red Rising


Yay! More mini-reviews! I’ve literally just been going through Goodreads and looking through all of my smaller reviews that I never shared on this blog. It’s been cool to look through everything and see how I felt about books that I read a little while ago! Here’s the next batch for you! Enjoy!


Me & Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Yeah…I really didn’t enjoy this one as much as I had hoped to. I’ve had it sitting on my shelf ever since the film was released and because I’m the type of person that needs to read the book before watching the film, I still haven’t seen it. The humour in this book just felt like it was trying too hard. I didn’t find any of it remotely funny. It was crude and over the top. I just couldn’t get into it unfortunately. I completely disliked Greg as a character. He was just so awful to read about. He was completely self-centered and thought he was this hilarious and likable guy when he really wasn’t. It sucks that my first read of 2017 had to be a bit of a downer, but I’m glad I finally knocked this one off of my TBR shelf.

Maria's Rating - 2.5-01


The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

Alrighty, so I’ve just read another book with an extreme amount of hype surrounding it. The Girl on the Train has been compared to Gone Girl in almost every single review or article I’ve seen about this book. Although I did see a lot of similarities between the two, I felt as though The Girl on the Train was a mixture of Gone Girl, anotherGillian Flynn novel; Dark Places and Into the Darkest Corner byElizabeth Haynes.  The Girl on the Train is told from three different female character’s perspectives: Rachel, Megan & Anna. The story opens up with Rachel riding a public train to and from work everyday where she has created a fictitious life for a couple living in a house close to the tracks. Things get a little complicated once Rachel witnesses something while looking out of the train window. The comparisons to Gone Girl begin when a main character goes missing and the story becomes a search for the missing woman. Other similarities include the idea of her husband being responsible for her disappearance as well as characters that are not particularly likable. The comparisons I’ve found in relation to Dark Places include the way the story was told in three different perspectives while also jumping timelines. Comparisons to Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes might be a tad bit spoiler-ish so I’m not going to go into it, but hopefully those who have read it understand where I’m coming from. Overall, this thriller was good and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Was it as shocking as I had hoped? Not really. Was it as dark as a Gillian Flynn novel? It had its moments, but I would say no (especially when compared to Dark Places & Sharp Objects). I think readers will enjoy this book more so if they do not compare it to Gone Girl.

Maria's Rating -4-01




Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Where oh where do I begin with this review? Obviously, this book has an enormous amount of hype surrounding it. Seeing the high ratings and amazing reviews had me really anxious and excited to read this book, but now after finishing it I feel like the odd man out. Maybe it was over hyped and I expected something more out of it. Red Rising is the story of Darrow, a 16 year old teenager living in a dystopian future where different classes are separated by colour classifications. Darrow is part of the Reds, the lowest class who’s main job is to dig underground on the planet Mars in order to make it livable for human life…or so they are forced to believe. The first half of the book had me very intrigued and I was excited to see where the story was going, bit about halfway through the book is where things started to slow down for me and I got a little bored. The story started to feel a lot like The Hunger Games/Divergent where there is a lot of fighting with one another (whether it was between the different classes or within the same one) and soon after a rebellion forms and that’s where I lost interest. Maybe I’m just bored of the dystopian genre or maybe it was just too similar for me. Although I’m giving this book a tough time, I didn’t completely dislike it and I am definitely going to continue with the series.

Maria's Rating-3stars-01

There you have it! Hopefully that wasn’t too dark for you! Stay tuned for more mini-reviews coming soon!

Thank you for reading! 


7 thoughts on “#MiniReviews: Me & Earl & The Dying Girl, The Girl On The Train & Red Rising

  1. Great Mini Reviews. I’ve read The Girl on the Train and loved it.I tried to watch the Movie after reading the book and turned it off within the first 20 minutes, I didn’t like the changes at all but I feel like I need to give that another chance. I read the book in one night because I was so hooked on it, and I found it to be quite a fast pace. The Girl on the Train was one of my first thrillers i’ve ever read, coming second to The Cuckoo’s calling so I had very limited experience with the genre and little to compare it to. I have tried to read Gone Girl before I really struggled to get into it but I might give it another go.

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    1. Thank you so much! I heard the movie is pretty bad! My friend tried watching in on the plane during our recent vacation and she also turned it off. She hadn’t even read the book haha! So it must have been pretty bad.

      I read Gone Girl first and I definitely preferred it over The Girl On The Train. I also LOVE Gillian Flynn’s writing so that may be part of the reason! I highly recommend giving it another go, but I do prefer her other books over Gone Girl! 🙂

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      1. I hope she gives the book a read and see’s its not alike!

        I will definitely give it another go, I do have sharp objects on my shelf which I bought one day at the train station so I need to try that one too! 🙂

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  2. I can see where you’re coming from in regards to Red Rising. I definitely found it to be my least favorite of the series and it really does give Hunger Game vibes. But the second book is completely different and the scope of the story is completely expanded. It’s my favorite of the series and I hope you really enjoy it when you get to it!


  3. i totally agree with what you said about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl! i didn’t really enjoy being in Greg’s headspace, and i thought any character development was kind of nullified at the end. 😥 but great reviews! thank you for sharing this! i also just posted a movie review of Me and Earl, and i’d be super happy if you could check it out!

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    1. No problem at all! Yeah, Me & Earl & The Dying Girl was definitely not my cup of tea unfortunately. I will definitely check out your film review! 🙂

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