April's right around the corner, which means April Fool's Day will soon be here. April is National Humor Month! So kick it off right with a good laugh or two. These are my favorite funny books that I've read recently!
Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
An excellent historical fiction book--even for me, who doesn't love historical fiction in general. This book is journal format, funny, and insightful. Plus there is a nice historical endnote by the author.
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
When high school sophomore Jessie's long-term best friend transforms herself into a punk and goes after Jessie's would-be boyfriend, Jessie decides to visit "the wild nerd yonder" and seek true friends among classmates who play Dungeons and Dragons. A quirky, fun main character I just loved!
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
When her best friend, whom she secretly loves, betrays her and then dies under mysterious circumstances, high school senior Vera Dietzstruggles with secrets that could help clear his name. Okay, it doesn't sound funny--but it is!
Girl, 15, Charming But Insane by Sue Limb
Fifteen-year-old Jess, living with her mum, separated from her father in Cornwall, and with a best friend who seems to do everything perfectly, finds her own assets through humor.
Laugh out loud funny! One of the most hilarious books I've read in a long time!
YA FIC Limb, S. Girl (2) (This one's part of a series, but you can read it by itself!)
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lisa McBride
Sam LaCroix, a Seattle fast-food worker and college dropout, discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world of harbingers, werewolves, satyrs, and one particular necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his lucrative business of raising the dead. Sarcasm at its finest.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
I loved this book. The last line is one I'll never forget. Thought-provoking and rich to read. Zusak is one of my new favorite YA authors. His style reminds me of John Green--one of my other favorites. They're kind of in a class above the rest.
Looking for more things to brighten up your day? Look for the humor list in the bookmark area of YA or check out the list here.
Smile. It's spring! --Ms. Sarah