What’s not to love about a book that makes you laugh? When we’re not binging sitcoms online or re-watching our favorite rom coms, you can find us with our nose in a book full of good hearted humor.
Whether it’s the relatable awkward years a main character has to suffer through, or the funny antics of a hopeless romantic, the right book can have you giggling your way through its pages. Check out these hilarious reads if you’re looking for a book to lift your spirits!
13 Books That Will Make You Laugh
1. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju
Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens is about a girl named Nima, who’s a little bit awkward and working through family issues. But when she finds herself immersed in the drag scene, filled with macho kings and magical queens, she learns how to confidently express herself and accept the love that surrounds her.
2. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Dating tends to be pretty awkward. In the case of Penny and Sam, their initial funny-because-it’s-weird meeting was a total disaster. Then they started texting. Through their messages, we watch as they become more and more enamored with one another – all without having to get together in person and risk the uncomfortable real date.
3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Come for the thrilling, action-filled fantasy, stay for the hilariously witty and snarky characters. This addicting series is packed with humor, whether it’s Jace’s over-confident gloating, Clary knocking him down a few pegs for it, or just the general sarcasm laced throughout the story, you’ll be chuckling as you race through City of Bones.
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
When Lara Jean’s secret love letters are somehow SENT OUT to the five boys she once pined for, she’s left with an incredibly awkward situation on her hands. Her quirky humor, hilarious situation, and funny group of crushes and sisters make for a delightful read that will have you reaching for the next book in the series ASAP! (Spoiler alert: it’s great, too. And so is the third one.)
5. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
A 16 year old boy dies, and his head is placed into a freezer, where it stays for 5 years until medical science advances and he is brought back to life–this time with a brand new body! Hilarity ensues. When Travis wakes up with his head on someone else’s body he feels like no time has passed at all. But he comes to find that not only have his friends and girlfriend moved on in their lives, but he’s still in high school, and he doesn’t exactly blend in with the other kids. Completely unique and funny, this is a book you don’t want to miss.
6. Social Intercourse by Greg Howard
When Beck’s dad starts dating Jax’s mom, the two get together to try and break them up. Call it a reverse Parent Trap. The only problem is that Beck, a gay choir nerd living his best life, and Jax, the star football player and former bully, are polar opposites and don’t quite see eye to eye. Not at first, anyway. 😉 The characters are all hilarious, especially Beck’s BFF Shelby, and the setting of a small conservative southern town makes everything all the more interesting.
7. Winger by Andrew Smith
As the youngest junior in his high school, Ryan Dean West gets teased a lot. His narration of every day high school struggles is so spot-on, and Ryan Dean’s voice throughout the book is deeply relatable. Whether it’s the rich kids at his school, his rugby team, or the girls he is crushing on, Ryan Dean has an acutely humorous observation. Top it off with hand-draw illustrations and a heartbreaking finale, and Winger makes for a book you won’t soon forget.
8. From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
If you read When Dimple Met Rishi, then you know author Sandhya Menon has perfected the charming romcom full of funny meet cutes and LOL moments. Her next book is no different; the main character, an aspiring filmmaker named Twinkle, bringing plenty of adorably awkward encounters to the page–because even though Twinkle has a huge crush on Neil Roy, she finds herself falling in love with his twin brother, Sahil, who asked her to direct a movie with him for the upcoming Summer Festival.
9. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
If you love to laugh while reading (who doesn’t?) then Jenn Bennett’s books are a must-have. In Starry Eyes, budding astronomer Zorie heads out on a camping trip with some friends and the boy who broke her heart, Lennon. The two end up alone in the wilderness together, traipsing through the forest and their rocky past as they travel to safety. Their witty banter, steamy rekindled romance, and hilarious adventures make for one funny read.
10. American Panda by Gloria Chao
When seventeen-year-old Mei makes her way to MIT, her parents assume she’s all set to follow their prescribed path to success. But Mei’s got her own ideas of what she wants to with her life–and who she wants to love (a.k.a. not the boy they’ve picked out for her). Between the funny voicemails her mom leaves her and Mei’s humorous encounters with her college-aged peers, American Panda is charming and hilarious from start to finish.
11. The Year of Living Awkwardly by Emma Chastain
It’s Chloe Snow’s sophomore year of high school, and things have definitely not gotten easier. Between her fumbling audition for the school musical, her parent’s messy divorce, and her scattered love life, Chloe is having a hilariously troubling time trying to make it to the end of the year. Through her diary, Chloe documents all of the funny ups and downs of her charming, awkward life.
12. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
When Charlie’s sister decided to get married at their family home, nobody anticipated how much could go wrong. Luckily Charlie is there to try and hold it all together, even when basically EVERYTHING falls apart. Each new disaster is a hilarious scenario for Charlie, her siblings, and the new wedding planner’s cute assistant to figure out. Filled with plenty of family drama and a whole cast of lovable characters, Morgan Matson’s new book will have you laughing along at each new twist of this funny story.
13. Rabbit & Robot by Andrew Smith
Told with Andrew Smith’s signature dark humor, Rabbit & Robot tells the story of Cager Messer, a boy who’s stranded on the Tennessee—his father’s lunar-cruise utopia—with insane robots.