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Monday, April 1, 2013

April Fool's Day

It's April Fool's Day! In honor of this day of jokes and hilarity, here are some books you should probably not read while eating. Unless you *like* snorting milk out your nose. For more on this topic, check out my list for Someday We'll Laugh About this Week. Special Note: you may notice a lack of English books on this list, despite the fact that the English are hysterical. It's that later this month, we're having a whole England week for St. George's day, so we'll get them then.

    

She's So Money by Cherry Cheva. The one time Maya's parents leave her in charge of the resteraunt, she messes up. It was a rough night so she and her brother decide to go home and then clean up in the morning only to find the health department has already been there. She knows her parents can't afford the fine, so Maya has to raise $10,000 in only 6 weeks. So she starts doing homework for cash. Soon, it turns into a major operation-- she has a staff and everything, but it's also getting completely out of control.

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman. In Vince's family, private conversations take place in a concrete room in the basement--it's the only place in the house the FBI hasn't bugged. His father's upset that he won't go into the family "vending machine" business. And then, he finds a girl, a girl he likes. A girl who's father is the head of the investigation to bring his father down. Be sure to also read the sequel, Hollywood Hustle.

How to Be Popular by Meg Cabot. I always turn to Cabot when I need a good laugh. For 5 years, anytime someone does something stupid, everyone in town says "Don't be such a Steph Landry" and well, Steph Landry has had enough. Armed with a vintage book on popularity, she's going to take all the advice and change her life. Surprisingly it works. Too bad her friends aren't sure about the new-and-improved Steph.

    

Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi. It's something that all new crew members on the Universal Union's flagship ship learn-- never go on an away mission. Away missions on this ship have unusually high death rates. When things go wrong, the captain gets a far-off look in his eye and will suddenly wax poetic, you'll find yourself saying things you never would say normally, and random black boxes of science suddenly work, but only at the very last moment. Meta-fiction and loving satire, you don't have to be a fan of cheesy sci-fi to enjoy this title.

The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime by Jasper Fforde. Humpty Dumpty is dead. The assumption is that the noted lothario was drunk and fell off the wall. Or possibly jumped. But when the shell is reassembled, it looks like foul play. Detective Jack Spratt and his partner, the ever contrary Mary Mary are on the case. Written for adults, teens who enjoy smart silliness will like this one. Be sure to check out the sequel, The Fourth Bear.

52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody. Lexington Larrabee has just crashed her $500,000 custom-built Mercedes into a convenience store. She's a spoiled brat and her father decides that if she wants that $25mil trust fund, it's time she got a job. He picks 52 different minimum wage jobs and she has to work each one for a week.

    

Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores. Normally, being asked to enter the science fair would be an honor, but it's the same day as Homecoming--something Luz does not want to miss. Her solution? Come up with a project so outrageous, there's no way it will win and she won't have to go! So, she's using science to make people popular. Her lab cooks it all up--jelly beans that make you tan, bubble gum that helps your conversational skills, and specially formulated perfume. Sadly, it turns out when you made all your friends super-popular, there's no one left to eat lunch with. And she her success means she still has to go to Science Fair.

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe) by by Kimberly Pauley. Mina has the same problems many high schoolers do--too much homework and the inability to speak around her crush. But after school, Mina has to take vampire classes and learn fact from fiction. Who knew vampire class would be sooooooooooooo boring. Or that there would be so much paperwork? Pauley is writing the third book in her newsletter, with input from fans! So sign up now on her website.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway. Evan had to dumped, but it wasn't easy. But then Evan writes a song about it, and it's the song that makes his band go big, and Audrey is suddenly the most hated girl in America. Her cell number was leaked, reporters don't understand sarcasm, and apparently her love life (and current lack thereof) is now a topic of national conversation.

What are your favorite funny books?

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