I love books that make me laugh. Not just sniff, smile, head-shake, move on. I mean, holding the book frozen in mid-air as my eyes squeeze shut with tears starting to fall, shaking with silent laughter. Yes, I look like a maniac when this happens, especially in public. And you know what? I couldn’t care less what people think. When a book makes me laugh that hard, I just go with it. If I’m driving and listening to an audiobook when that happens? Forget about it. The fun thing is, I never know when it’s going to strike. I can be sitting there reading this fun romp of a novel, and then bam! Drenched in laughter.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have a somewhat unique sense of humor. I can’t tell you exactly what will trigger that stomach-hurting laughter. It has happened with a lot of different types of books including memoirs and kids’ books. At one point Diary of a Wimpy Kid had me in hysterics (for those of you who have read it, I started giggling with “I get that you’re pretty” and by the time one of the trees chipped his tooth because he couldn’t stick his arms out to break his fall, I was toast). Okay, a lot things that make me laugh involve people falling down, but I digress….
I started thinking about the books that have made me crack up, and I’m not going to lie, a lot of them (A) have a teenage male protagonist, (B) contain such a male who is very–ahem–hormonal, and (C) feature a guy who is also, shall we say … endearingly clueless? Combine those elements, and you’ve got a recipe for the funny. Thankfully the YA world has many to choose from. Here are a few that proved particularly memorable for me.