6 Laugh Out Loud Funny YA Books to Fight the Winter Blues
I love winter, I do. I love watching the snow fall outside my window, and the holiday lights, and wearing scarves and comfy sweaters and drinking hot cider. However, even for an avowed winter-lover like myself, there comes a time—maybe it’s in the weird liminal space between Thanksgiving and Christmas, maybe it’s in the middle of January in dead winter—when it can just be a little... overwhelming. The 4:30 p.m. sunset feels oppressive. I wear the wrong shoes to work one time and end up with wet feet for the whole day. I’ve even been splashed head to toe by a passing bus.
So, when the frustration and grumpiness start to creep in, I make it a point to seek out books that are going to lift my spirits. Charming, zippy, and most of all completely and totally hilarious, here are eight books to help you fight off the winter blues.
Royals by Rachel Hawkins
The first chapter of Royals was so funny (think “ex-boyfriend playing you a terrible song he wrote you in the middle of a convenience store parking lot” funny) that I wasn’t sure the rest of the book could possibly match up, but thank goodness it did! You can never go wrong with a book about one regular teenage girl, her sister who just happens to be engaged to the Prince of Scotland, and a band of loudmouthed Scottish boys known as the Royal Wreckers.
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Listen. Angus is an absolute classic, possibly one of the most iconic YA comedies to date—a madcap spin through the life of one Georgia Nicholson. Georgia, like all of us, is just trying to get through life, but between her enormous cat that keeps trying to eat the poodle next door and the fact that she maybe possibly accidentally shaved off one of her eyebrows, things clearly aren’t going to go quite the way she planned.
American Panda by Gloria Chao
Mei’s parents have her life planned for her: early college, a career as a doctor, marriage to a nice Taiwanese man, and babies. Never mind that Mei finds germs totally horrifying, or that she has a growing suspicion that the feelings she has towards her Japanese classmate are anything but platonic. Under all the hijinks and hilarity, though, this novel has a huge heart and it will leave you both laughing and maybe tearing up, just a little.
Surviving Adam Meade by Shannon Klare
The thing that makes Klare’s classic Friday night lights, high school football and small town dreams novel so totally charming is her protagonist, Claire Collins, a girl with goals, plans, and no time for anyone who stands in her way. Claire’s super funny dialogue kept me turning pages, and her sparkling chemistry with Adam, local football star and notorious womanizer, kept me laughing until the very last page.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
On the surface, Gentleman’s Guide deals with a lot of things that aren’t particularly funny: abuse, class, racism, and disability. However, all of these issues are wrapped up in the man character, Monty’s, absolutely charming and hilarious first person narrative. Monty’s a troublemaker with a heart of gold, and it’s impossible not to root for him and he and his friends stumble their way across Europe in this winning historical fiction.
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
If your humor runs more towards the dark side—which, I have to admit, mine sometimes does—then you’ll love Moldavksy’s super dark take on boy band fan culture, complete with made up terminology and hordes of screaming fangirls. What I particularly love about this book is that it gives teen fangirls their due; the main girls are smart, sharp, and wickedly funny, but also quite possibly not the most upstanding of citizens.
Your turn, Swooners! What are some of your favorite laugh-out-loud YA reads?