Abigail Packard


Dependable, Young Adult, Jesse Andrews, Leukemia, Death, Friendship, Grief, Films

Document Type

Book Review


Greg has worked tirelessly to maintain a persona so invisible and unattached that he never feels obligated to do or be anything for anyone at school, besides his one friend and co-director Earl. This carefully crafted persona cracks, however, when Greg enters senior year and is forced to reacquaint himself with Rachel. Because his mom says so. Because Rachel has leukemia and is dying. So against all his instincts and hard work, Greg begins spending time with Rachel. And although their relationship never goes anywhere beyond friendship, that friendship helps Greg as Rachel opens him up and helps him see his potential as a director, creator, friend, and person.