Funny Teen Reads

books stacked on top of a table outdoors at dusk with lights in the backgroundThis booklist [pdf] comes from the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and features funny books for teens.

Fiction

Boys Don’t Knit (in Public) by Tom Easton
After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father.

Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame
Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she’s sending her “two favorite men” on a survivalist camping trip to “bond.”

Dodger by Terry Pratchett
In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.

Grendel’s Guide to Love and War by AE Kaplan
When a local bully upsets the senior community by throwing wild parties, an effort that is complicated by Aaron’s PTSD and Tom’s unrequited feelings for the bully’s sister, misfit Tom and his friend Ed take matters into their own hands.

The Haters by Jesse Andrews
A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
Larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote.

Holes by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Noggin by John Corey Whaley
After dying, Travis’ head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.

No More Dead Dogs by Gordan Korman
Football hero Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals of the school play where, in spite of himself, he begins to suggest changes that improve not only the play but his life as well.

Slider by Pete Hautman
David is going to compete in the Super Pigorino Bowl, the world’s greatest pizza-eating contest, and he has to win it, because he borrowed his mom’s credit card. As if training to be a competitive eater weren’t enough, he’s also got to keep an eye on his little brother, Mal.

Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer
Mara’s year is going as normally as could be expected — until fellow senior Katelyn explodes during third period. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to blow up without warning or explanation.

There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
When the beautiful Lucy prays to fall in love, God, an irresponsible youth named Bob, chooses to answer her prayer personally, to the dismay of his assistant, Mr. B, who must try to clean up the resulting catastrophes.

Nonfiction

Rapture Practice: A True Story by Aaron Hartzler
Aaron grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. But as Aaron turns sixteen, he finds himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord.

Graphic Novels

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hardcore lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together — and they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There’s one hero that’s beaten them all — and now she’s got her own ongoing series! (Not that she’s bragging.) That’s right, you asked for it, you got it, it’s Squirrel Girl! (She’s also starting college this semester.) It’s the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero ever.

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