Reviews by Category: Humor

Teen Review
Bright red cover, with a blue microphone resting on a dark red stool

Pretty Funny for a Girl

By Rebecca Elliot
4
Rated by
Prisha
Mar 13, 2021

Haylah Swinton is a sweet daughter and a fiercely loyal best friend. But most importantly, she can make anyone laugh. When she finds herself with a guy stepping into the spotlight, she jumps at the chance of ghostwriting for his sets.

Loved the book. Very bright. Rebecca really captured the ups and downs of this girl Haylah. I'm excited for Pretty rude for a girl to come out.     

Teen Review
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens

By Libba Bray
5
Rated by
Rana S.
Feb 28, 2021

Beauty Queens follows a simple concept: what if a plane full of beauty queens crash-landed on a deserted island, a la Lord of the Flies?

Except it’s not quite so simple as that. This is the story of the survivors, fourteen typical (and atypical) beauty queens who must work together to stay alive and keep their pageant skills sharp until help arrives.

Teen Review
How About Never-is Never Good For You by Bob Mankoff

How About Never-is Never Good For You?

By Bob Mankoff
4
Rated by
Delaney M.
Feb 7, 2021

How About Never--is Never Good for You? ​is Bob Mankoff’s engrossing memoir that focuses primarily on his experiences as a cartoonist and editor of The​ New Yorker​ magazine. Wryly funny and a little tongue-in-cheek, this book is a quick and enjoyable tidbit. The story initially focuses on Bob Mankoff’s life, but gradually shifts to his professional experiences and the cartoons of The New Yorker​.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

By William Goldman
5
Rated by
Taylor E.
Jan 4, 2021

William Goldman’s ​The Princess Bride​ is a story of true love, revenge, and adventure. Buttercup, a farm girl forced into royalty by her husband-to-be, Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped by an evil genius, a giant, and the most talented swordsman in the world. Westley, Buttercup’s thought to be dead true love, must save her from her three kidnappers and her unwanted husband.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book Supergifted

Supergifted

By Gordon Korman
4
Rated by
Raghu P.
Dec 29, 2020

Donovan Curtis is not what you call “gifted.” However, his genius friend, Noah Youkilis, is Supergifted, with one of the highest IQs. After spending many years at the Academy for Scholastic Distinction, Noah looks for the chance to fail and to become normal. He lands at Donovan’s school and finds himself in trouble with cheerleading captain Megan Mercury and jock Hash “Hashtag” Taggart. Donovan sticks up for Noah but gets caught in his own feud and has to stay away from Hashtag. Noah believes that Donovan was mistreated and goes to Hashtag’s house to give Hashtag a piece of his mind.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book Jacky Ha-Ha

Jacky Ha-Ha

By James Patterson
4
Rated by
Sriha P.
Dec 30, 2020

Jacky Ha-Ha is a realistic fiction book by James Patterson. This is a book about a girl who stutters and her name is Jacky Ha-Ha. Jacky is a prankster; she pranks teachers and friends and is very naughty. When she gets 20 detentions in four days, she chooses to use her detentions in the school musical. There, she meets her true love and she learns her best friend has the voice of an angel. She also gets in trouble and she makes everyone laugh to cover her stutter.

Teen Review
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

Hot Dog Girl

By Jennifer Dugan
5
Rated by
Kayla B. from MO YA Lit Council
Nov 3, 2020

I actually picked the book because of the cover. I really liked the colors of the cover and I liked that there were drawings of the main characters. The cover reflects the contents since it showed the main characters and Magic Castle Playland. The most compelling aspect of the book was just trying to keep up with Lou. She’s a mess. I was really frustrated with Lou’s scheming and total disregard for other peoples’ feelings at the beginning of the book. I finished this book in a day and was not expecting that I’d like it as much as I did.

Teen Review
The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Last True Poets of the Sea

By Julia Drake
4
Rated by
Hadley K. from Blue Valley YA Lit Council
Jul 24, 2019

I think that the cover is beautiful. I like that the illustrations of the plants and things in the background give the cover the feel of the ocean since the book is called Last True Poets of the Sea. The most compelling aspect of this book was that the main character was hunting for a lost shipwreck that one of her ancestors survived. I thought that the plot of the story was really interesting. The only thing I was disappointed with in this book is that it seemed to take a while to get the story going, the beginning was a little slow.

Teen Review

Two Summers

By Aimee Friedman
4
Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Jun 8, 2018

When Summer makes a split second decision before boarding a plane, her summer divides into 2 parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she has dreamed of going ever since her father left her to move there. In the other, she stays home in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue. In both summers, she is destined to fall in love, and discover new sides to herself. But what might break her though, is a terrible family secret that she can’t hide from. But in the end, it might be the truth she needs the most.

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