The winners of the 2012 Cybils awards have been announced! My fellow judges and I chose Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews, as our winner in the YA fiction category. Here’s what we had to say about it:

Greg wants you to know that he’s not writing some soppy cancer book. The impending death of his sorta-friend, sorta-ex-girlfriend Rachel from leukemia won’t teach him any great lessons about the meaning of life. He’s gonna swear. He’s gonna crack sick jokes. There will be awkward silences. And he’ll make stupendously bad films with his best friend, Earl, while ignoring his own rules about staying under the radar during senior year.

What Greg doesn’t tell you is that his story will break your heart anyway. With sharply-drawn characters, dialogue so real you expect to hear it in the school hallway, and a mix of formats that keep the story moving, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a book that will make readers laugh out loud even as they sympathize with Greg’s bumpy journey into adulthood.

Me & Earl is a great book, and if any of you are intrigued by our blurb, I highly recommend checking it out.

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting reviews of the other finalists in my category, except for Code Name Verity, which I have talked about here so often that it has its own tag (which says something about my feelings for it).

In the other categories, I’ll only note that I was really, really happy to see Seraphina as the YA SF/F winner. Yay, Seraphina!

Thank you to all of the other YA fiction judges for making this such a fun experience, and congratulations to all the winners!


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