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The Funniest Young Adult Books I’ve Ever Read [insert pun about splitting sides not book spines]

I like to do a twist on Top Ten Tuesday, so today I’m doing books that made me laugh, rather than smile. What I’ve learnt during this post is that I really need to start reading funnier books.

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The Love Hypothesis Laura Steven Book Cover

The Love Hypothesis – Laura Steven

Physics genius Caro Kerber-Murphy knows she’s smart. With straight As and a college scholarship already in the bag, she’s meeting her two dads’ colossal expectations and then some. But there’s one test she’s never quite been able to ace: love. And when, in a particularly desperate moment, Caro discovers a (definitely questionable) scientific breakthrough that promises to make you irresistible to everyone around you, she wonders if this could be the key. What happens next will change everything Caro thought she knew chemistry – in the lab and in love.

Is her long-time crush Haruki with her of his own free will? Are her feelings for her best girl friend some sort of side-effect? Will her dog, Sirius, ever stop humping her leg?

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This is such a funny, character-driven novel that is made hilarious due to Caro’s Austrian gay Dad that cannot garden – but he’s trying his best. He constantly kept me laughing.

Illuminae Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff Book Cover

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents – including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more – Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

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I know this is a book about a intelligent mass murdering spaceship but Kaufman & Kristoff are so good at banter and making things bizarrely funny, I always end up laughing.

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The Hunt – Andrew Fukuda

Don’t sweat. Don’t laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him, and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night – a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible – and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever – but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

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I don’t think anyone is going to let me judge what is funny after this but this book is so bad it’s so damn funny. It’s about a guy pretending to be a Vampire, there’s sod all world building but there is armpit sex? I vaguely remember him shoving his elbow into someone’s armpit because that’s how Vampires have sex apparently? It’s wild, I have no idea how it got published as a Young Adult.

Layoverland Gabby Noone Book Cover

Layoverland – Gabby Noone

Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell. At least, that’s what she thinks. On her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most – her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed for a mysterious destination, she’s confused, to say the least. Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: not only is she in purgatory, but she has been chosen to join the Memory Experience team. If she wants another shot at heaven, she’ll have to use her master manipulation skills to help 5,000 souls suss out what’s keeping them from moving on.

There’s just one slight problem. Bea’s first assigned soul is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. But as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of listening to other people’s problems, she can’t help but notice that he’s kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, she’s totally falling for him. And to make matters worse, he’s definitely falling for her. Now, determined to make the most of her time in purgatory, Bea must decide what is truly worth dying for–romance or revenge.

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What made this book hilarious was both Bea’s sarcastic, witty voice and the sheer determination that Purgatory had to be as bland as possible. It’s set in an airport terminal, because of course and you can even have a cup of coffee without it being encased in jello. It’s utterly bizarre.

Aurora Rising Jay Kristoff Amie Kaufman Book Cover

Aurora Rising – Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem – that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

They’re not the heroes we deserve. They’re just the ones we could find. Nobody panic.

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I adore a team-up, especially when it’s a group of misfits. The Breakfast Club formula is nearly always a winner, and Kaufman & Kristoff again made me laugh out loud constantly with the antics of this team. I especially loved Scarlet, who frequently used her… assets to get her places.

The Lipstick Laws Amy Holder book cover

The Lipstick Laws – Amy Holder

At Penford High School, Britney Taylor is the queen bee. She dates whomever she likes, rules over her inner circle of friends like Genghis Khan, and can ruin anyone’s life with a snap of perfectly manicured fingers. Just ask the unfortunate few who have crossed her. For April Bowers, Britney is the answer to her prayers. April is so unpopular, kids don’t know she exists. One lunch spent at Britney’s table, and April is basking in the glow of popularity. But Britney’s friendship comes with a high price tag, and April decides it’s not worth the cost. Inspiring and empowering, this is the story of one girl who decides to push back.

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My review of this on Goodreads is from 2010, one of my earliest and as a result is really bad. Please don’t look for it. But I know I found this book funny enough to constantly read snippets to my partner and would really like to re-read it.

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Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan..

But for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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This one is a bit more complicated, I read it so long ago I don’t actually remember the plot, but I vaguely remember it being funny, and it’s on a list of funny books?

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire – She Who Must Not Be Hyped

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

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Goblet Of Fire is my favourite HP book, and the Quidditch World Cup at the beginning s a constant mess of hilarity. My favourite part was the Bulgarian Minister For Magic pretending he couldn’t speak English for the entire match.

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Flat-Out Love – Jessica Park

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side… and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well… doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

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I really related to this story, and tried to read less of it because I found it so damn funny didn’t want to it to end. It’s another I read a long time ago and would like to continue.

The Shadows Between Us Tricia Levenseller book cover

The Shadows Between Us Tricia Levenseller

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

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This book reads like a gloriously cheesy dark soap opera, and I loved every moment. The banter between Alessandra and the king made them one of my favourite couples! I did find myself wishing for a sequel.

What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read? Let me know in the comments!

38 thoughts on “The Funniest Young Adult Books I’ve Ever Read [insert pun about splitting sides not book spines]

  1. Yes to Fangirl and Flat-Out Love!! I love them both. And I own Illuminae. I had no idea it was funny. Now I want to pick it up soon! 😍

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  2. Goblet of Fire is also my favorite HP book, because it’s so funny! It’s the perfect mix of humor and seriousness. People who have only watched the movie really miss out on all the funny bits. Malfoy’s sass and the whole plot about skrewts makes me laugh every time I read it 💕 Awesome post!

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  3. Great list. I think Fangirl made me laugh a few times too, just seeing Cath navigate her awkwardness and starting college, and Illuminae was awesome as well. The banter was so well done, I agree. The Love Hypothesis sounds really good!

    Love the Arya/ Hound by the way. 🙂

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  4. I totally related to Fangirl when I read it after my first semester at college. A lot of these have been on my TBR for a while, particularly Love Hypothesis and Illumine. Curse the pandemic for closing the library!


    1. My library is reopening soon, but they’re running it like a personal shopper service where they pick the books FOR you. Which is great! For other people. I don’t think it would work for me.


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