Pretty Funny for a Girl
by Rebecca Elliott
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Pub Date 06 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 05 Nov 2020
Myrick Marketing & Media, LLC, Peachtree
Haylah Swinton is pretty confident she's mastered making light of every situation―from her mom's ugh boyfriend to classmates making unsolicited remarks on her figure. She logs all her best jokes in the hopes of one day busting out a fabulous set that will keep everybody laughing with her and not at her.
After botching an open mic night, Haylah learns that her longtime crush, the impossibly cool Leo, is also into comedy. And when Leo provides her an opportunity to live vicariously by ghostwriting his sets for an upcoming festival, Haylah jumps at the chance. What a great way to get her material out there without totally bombing herself!
But are Leo's intentions in Haylah's best interests? Despite warnings from her friends, Haylah's not ready to listen―and she might just be digging herself deeper toward heartbreak. If Haylah's ever going to take center stage, first she'll need to find the confidence to put herself out there and strut like the comedy queen she truly is.
This contemporary YA rom-com stars a strong, memorable heroine and features a story full of heart, humor, and relatable themes of body image, dreams, and self-esteem.
Average rating from 74 members
I LOVED THIS STORY!! It was absolutely hilarious, right from the start to end! I also enjoyed the character development of Haylah, where she went from being a slightly insecure girl to a strong, confident young woman. This shows that challenges help a person grow stronger and become a better version of themselves. I also loved how themes of feminism and self-confidence were all mentioned in the story. Women shall choose to be whoever they want to be, and shall never sell themselves short for the opposite sex. This is definitely a must read!!!
I love YA because most of the stories revolve around the MC finding themselves. Everyone can remember what it was like to be a teen and deal with cliques and the populars and the drama. Pretty Funny for a Girl brings me back to those days, and while I was never an aspiring comedian, I can relate a lot to Haylah's story. I loved that this book featured body diversity and I wish more stories did. I also thought that the infusion of comedy into this story was incredibly unique and made for a fun, light story.
I read an ARC of this book through Netgalley. I would love to hear an audiobook version of this book. I hope that they set up the comedy sets well so that the reader can get a sense of the delivery of the jokes. One of the issues with reading this book in ebook or physical form is that you are unable to hear how the jokes are delivered and it's more difficult to appreciate the jokes.
I'd recommend this book for anyone looking for a YA book about a young, funny, woman trying to find her confidence in a patriarchal world where women are put into a box.
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