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What Makes the Teen Board LOLWR (Laugh Out Loud While Reading)

Teen Board Monthly Question

What Makes the Teen Board LOLWR (Laugh Out Loud While Reading)

The month of April starts off with April Fool’s Day, a day of jokes, pranks and other hilarious hijinks. What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read, and what about it made you laugh? (Also, full credit to Teen Board member Emily P., who used the term LOLWR in her answer. I think we should all start using it as much as possible).


The funniest book I've ever read, as I recall, is BLOODTHIRSTY by Flynn Meaney. The main character is Finbar Frame, a shy, scrawny kid who’s yearning to reinvent himself and claims to be a vampire after moving to New York with his family. His hilarious outlook throughout a variety of uncomfortable situations makes him relatable, and the references to other vampires such as Edward Cullen and Buffy make it that much more of a real and hysterical novel.-- Sara J.

Some of the funniest books I have ever read are collections of Peanuts comic strips by Charles M. Schulz.  I can't cite one collection as being the funniest, but I enjoyed the PEANUTS TREASURY. It makes me laugh because it is lighthearted and because the characters are always struggling with something that keeps reoccurring throughout the comic.  I also enjoy the fact that adult characters rarely appear or speak.  And, of course, who can't smile at Snoopy and his human-like antics? -- Rachel B.

Though it may not be an obvious choice as far as comedy goes, ANGELFALL by Susan Ee is my choice. No, nothing about evil angels ravaging the earth and wiping off the human population is funny; I'm not insane. But the thing about humor is that it's best, at least in my opinion, when it is unexpected. In the novel, among the darker themes and evil, there is sarcasm and witty comebacks that just bring light to the situation. It may be dark, yet it is still entertaining. This is not even to mention the situational humor --- honestly, who wouldn't laugh about a crazy mother who leaves rotten eggs everywhere and encourages her daughter to fight demons as long as she doesn't make them promises she can't keep? -- Sydney L.

Most of us are familiar with the legendary John Green, author of the renowned novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. After I read THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, (which I have to admit contains some pretty witty lines itself) I picked up one of Green's other novels, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES. And let me tell you, this book made me laugh so hard. AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES is told from an extremely intelligent and amusing teenage boy's point of view. There is just something so hilarious about the way John Green brought out the thoughts of Colin, our main protagonist and general wise guy. One of the things I found especially humorous was the dialogue between Colin and his best friend, Hassan. These boys were just so likeable, from the way they weren't afraid to say the things everyone thinks but never says, and their non-conforming natures. Characters who are not afraid to make fun of themselves and can generally put a little spice into conversations are at the top of my list! John Green's THE ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES is filled with dry humor, intelligent wit, and even some downright silly and nerdy jokes. -- Jayne C.

Off the top of my head, the funniest book I have read would be MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It is full of sentences, paragraphs, and pages that just keep you giggling and laughing through the whole book. There is one toddler in here that is absolutely adorable and asks the funniest questions. The book also really makes you think about the mouse in IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE.  -- Harman K.

LOLWR: Laughing out loud while reading. Some books are just too hilarious to hold in that giggle, and (especially if you're alone) might require you to set the book aside to have a little laugh attack before wiping your eyes to keep on reading. The last book I've read that caused me to spontaneously LOLWR was DADDY-LONG-LEGS by Jean Webster. Yes, it was published in 1912 and yes, it was slightly old-fashioned, but it was also entirely readable and completely hilarious! An orphan girl with no social cues (yet) is suddenly sent to a university and faced with many embarrassing situations that are funny even a century after the jokes were originally written. Presented as a compilation of letters, the main character's comfortable humor leaves you in stitches and never feeling too sorry or awkward for her. Next time you feel the need to LOLWR, be sure to pick up DADDY LONG LEGS; I'll bet you can't put it down without a laugh! -- Emily P.

The funniest book I have ever read is a recently published book called A PROSCRIPTIVE RELATIONSHIP by Jordan Lynde. What makes me laugh the most about this novel is the friendship among the characters. Each character is equally hilarious and anytime they speak, I feel laughter bubbling up inside me. The funniest character of them all is Jeremy Ross. There is never a dull moment around him. If you ever need an ab workout, reading APR will have you laughing for days -- Katherina T.

Even though I've been thinking about it for a few days now, I still can't think of one specific book off the top of my head. The reason is that I've read so many books that made me laugh --- there is a little bit of humor in almost all YA fiction. Why? Because the authors try to write in teenagers' points of view, and we are just too funny! We are at the stage where we are still growing up and we don't take life very seriously --- we do many mindless actions, and can relate closely to the characters. So when I yell/laugh at characters for doing stupid things, I’m laughing at them and teens in real life. -- Than T. Nyugen

I usually don't read too many comedic books, but one of the funniest I've read was YOUTH IN REVOLT by C.D. Payne. Despite being about 20 years old, it still managed to make me laugh, since the characters were all really funny, sarcastic and constantly getting into major trouble in weird ways. The book was also told from the POV of the main character, Nick, who always had interesting commentary on the people and things going on around him. -- Keara D.

It's funny, because the funniest book series I've ever read is not shelved in the "comedy" section at Barnes and Noble Booksellers. In fact, when I first began reading the Harry Potter series, I had no idea that the books would make me laugh. However, (and I am sure all Harry Potter fans will agree with me on this), J.K. Rowling is a queen, and her writing makes readers feel so close and connected to her characters that one cannot help but laugh at their antics.
     I'll admit it --- just as much as I cried for some characters, hated others, fell in love with some, and mistrusted the rest, I laughed hysterically at the youthful, boyish behavior of Harry, Ron Weasley and Ron's two brothers, Fred and George. Tears were rolling down my face as I read about the pranks they pulled on people or the snarky comments they made, and all I could think was that I wished I knew people so funny in my personal life. Hermione and Ginny, two young and female major characters, have some pretty funny moments too --- their ability to completely bewilder the boys is quite the act.
     The most amusing books are the ones in which one never expects to find any humor, because then humor comes along as a pleasant surprise. The Harry Potter series certainly proved this to be true. I laughed with the characters, I mourned with the characters, and, above all, I became invested in the story that since has swept the world and defined a generation --- that of The Boy Who Lived, and Unexpectedly Made Me Laugh.  -- Cadyn D.

I think the funniest book I ever read would have to be HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins because of how witty and sarcastic the main character, Sophie was. I Loved it! -- Patrick C.

One of the funniest books I've ever read is CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare because of one reason and one reason only: Jace. Jace is undoubtedly one of the funniest characters I've ever 'met'. He has a very dry sense of humor that is often quite offensive to the person he is speaking to, but I can't help but laugh out loud every time he speaks. Take this quote for example: “Don't order any of the faerie food," said Jace, looking at her over the top of his menu. "It tends to make humans a little crazy. One minute you're munching a faerie plum, the next minute you're running naked down Madison Avenue with antlers on your head. Not," he added hastily, "that this has ever happened to me.” And here is how Jace reacts when someone gets him a pink drink: “I am a man" he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.” Although some think him to be conceited and vain (which he undeniably is, but that is a topic for another day), you can't deny that he is hilarious. -- Pranshu A.

THE WEE FREE MEN by Terry Pratchett would elbow out all of the competitors of books I've recently read. It's hilarious, and it has Scottish accents. What more could you ask? The (mis)adventures of the Nac Mac Feegles and their fear of books, ironically enough, as well as their tendency to stretch out tales, kept me in stitches. My friends got used to me suddenly breaking out in laughter... sometimes in the middle of a silent room...and repeating random lines to them. If you've got a good sense of humor for witty dialogue and small blue men, read this book! -- Mary McC. See more on the book here:

The funniest book I have ever read has to be UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan. The main character, Kami, has a great sense of humor, as do other characters including Rusty and Jared. They are absolutely hilarious to read about, whether in their interactions with other characters, how they react in sticky situations or what’s going on inside their own heads. -- Kate F.

One of the funniest books I have ever read is I AM THE GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT by Josh Lieb. It has the type of humor you would expect from a kids' TV show, like how the main character hides from his parents (hint: it involves a secret lair, a sound recording and some Twinkies). However, I recently read THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams and found myself grinning like a fool... but for different reasons. While the humor in IAAGOUEAIWTBYCP is obvious, you need to pay attention and understand ironic humor to get all the funny out of HITCHHIKER’S. -- Lexibex V.