Believe it or not, January 2-8 is designated as "Someday We'll Laugh About This Week." Luckily, there are plenty of YA book that will make us snort milk out of our noses.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison. While Georgia is mainly preoccupied with her love life, readers will fall in love with her insane cat, mad toddler sister, crazy parents, and the Bison dancing of the Ace Gang. This book is guarenteed to change your vocabulary forever it doesn't matter where you live--Old Blighty or Hamburger-a-go-go-land. The books pick up mere seconds after the previous book in the series, so be sure to have On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson on hand.
Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner. Stuck with a best friend obsessed with bowel movements and an English assignment to write a memoir, Shakespeare Shapiro chronicles his (mis)adventures trying to get the girl and into college. While Shakespeare never sees his own faults, his take on life is sure to leave the reader in stitches.
Diva without a Cause by Grace Dent. Shiraz will be the first to tell you that she's not a chav, even though she's the very definition of one. All she wants is to finish school so she can be discovered and go on Big Brother, but this year has other plans. Only the first sequel, Posh and Prejudice was published in the US, but the series continues for several more books in the UK.
24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley. When Jack can't find a date to the prom, his best friends place a personal ad for him. The results are so overwhelming that Jack has to speed date 24 girls in 7 days to pick his date, but these girls are much more competitive and determined to win than Jack and his friends ever imagined.
Two Parties, One Tux, and a Very Short Film about The Grapes of Wrath by Steve Goldman. David and Mitch are best friends, but things have been different ever since David came out. Mitch can't get a date to prom and instead of just doing his book report on The Grapes of Wrath, he turned in a claymation movie, that had nothing really to do with the book. He might fail English. He might get suspended. This book has one of my favorite looks at male friendship.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. Don't think you know this story just because you've seen the movie. It's bad enough that Mia has a hard time with math-- now her mom is dating her math teacher. AND THEN, she finds out that she's a princess, and needs to start acting like one. But what's a girl with Princess Amadala underwear and hair that looks like an upside-down yield sign to do? Take Princess lessons from Grandmere. The first one is how to mix a proper sidecar and to keep them coming. Mia's work is cut out of for her. Meg Cabot never fails to make me smile. Even her books with a body count make me laugh. This series is a good introduction. And, if you want a complete divergence from the movie, just read the second installment, Princess in the Spotlight.
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. Carter is starting high school and like many high school boys, his thoughts are filled with girls, girls, and girls. It's made worse by his ADD. And, of course, once he gets a girl, he quickly screws it up. Carter's adventures continue throughout high school. The next one is Carter's Big Break.
Girl, 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb. Jess's best friend Flora is a goddess. Jess, however, is a budding comedienne with no boobs and a oversized bum. Her attempts to get her crush to notice her end in such things as a bra-based soup explosion and other mortifications. Follow it with Girl, (Nearly) 16: Absolute Torture.
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummber. She may be 6 feet tall with impossibly thick glasses, but even Kate Bjorkman can have a romance with the guy of her dreams. And, using her Romance Writer's Phrase Book, she's going to tell us all about. Plummer manages to skewer the genre while still delivering our happily ever after.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by Dave Lubar. Faced with bullies and suddenly beautiful girls, Scott decides that high school would be so much easier if it came with a guide book. So, when his mother announces that she's pregnant (surprise!) he steps up to the big-brother plate and decides to write one for the baby.
I Love You, Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle. In this homage and spoof of every teen movie ever, Dennis (debate team captain) announces that he loves Beth Cooper (hot cheerleader.) Of course, he does this in the middle of his valedictorian graduation speech, and Beth doesn't know who he is and already has a boyfriend. In the Army. Home on leave. Following the madcap antics of the ensuing crazy night, it's a graduation that most aren't soon to forget.
What are your favorite Laugh Out Loud reads?
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