The teenage years are filled with such emotional highs and lows that any teen will find a breath of fresh air in a book that reminds them they’re not alone on this journey to adulthood.
And since each of us must pass through the turbulent teen years, adults and readers of all ages will surely be able to relate to these funny reads as well.
Funny Books for Teens
Below are our top 20 picks for the funniest books for teens that will surely give you an instant mood lift.
Winger by Andrew Smith
Fourteen-year-old boarding school junior Ryan Dean West should be right in his element among other rich kids, but rooming with the rugby team bully in Opportunity Hall, the troublemakers’ dorm, he struggles with life and his sport while also being in love with Annie, his best friend who still sees him as a little boy.
With the help of humor, his doodling, and his rugby buddies, Ryan Dean comes out on top, but when everything starts falling apart, he realizes he must hold on to what’s truly important.
The book, jam-packed with hand-drawn illustrations and infographics, presents a teen’s perspective with the right combination of laughter and tears.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell shares the story of Cath, a Simon Snow fan. Although she and her twin sister Wren drowned themselves in the Simon Snow series to get through their mother’s abandonment, Cath continues to hold on to what her twin sister has clearly grown away from.
The twins now head off to college, where Wren refuses to be roommates with Cath. This throws Cath out of her comfort zone, since she must now deal with a bad-tempered roommate, a professor who looks down at fan fiction, and her worries about their father who was, for the first time, all alone.
The book explores Cath’s questions about living life on her own and letting go of her childhood affinity for Simon Snow.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
The perfect combination of comedy, fantasy, and romance comes together in this New York Times bestselling novel about Lady Jane Grey.
This unique young adult fantasy features 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey, who is about to be wedded to a stranger. She ends up being caught in a conspiracy to take the throne away from her cousin King Edward, and then ends up being crowned the Queen of England.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Colin Singleton has the uncanny ability to fall in love with girls named Katherine. Unfortunately, he also has the same uncanny ability to get dumped by them. In fact, he has 19 Katherines to his name!
After Katherine #19, Colin is on a road trip with his best friend. With $10,000 in his pocket, he sets off to prove “The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability” in order to predict where any given relationship will go and help dumpees everywhere.
American Panda by Gloria Chao
Seventeen-year-old Taiwanese-American Mei had skipped a grade thanks to her parents’ careful planning, so now she’s a freshman at MIT in search of the rest of her predetermined future: becoming a doctor, marrying a parent-approved Taiwanese Ivy League graduate, and producing a carload of babies.
Given how her parents gave up everything for her to have a comfortable life, Mei can’t reveal things about herself that go against their plans.
But reconnecting with her estranged brother Xing, who was at odds with their parents for his dating choices, opens Mei’s eyes to the question of how to be herself without challenging her parents’ authority.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Fourteen-year-old Frankie Landau-Banks is known as a slightly geeky girl in her achievement-driven boarding school.
But Frankies’s story takes a surprising turn when, at 15, she boasts a senior boyfriend and eventually develops a a criminally crafty mind over her knockout figure.
E. Lockhart effectively traces her transformation from a goody-twoshoes to a girl who knows how to get what she wants.
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella of Shopaholic fame brings us one more round of romance, comedy, and psychological recovery.
An anxiety disorder turns 14-year-old Audrey’s world upside down. Dr. Sarah helps her make slow and steady progress, but then Audrey meets her brother’s friend Linus, with whom she connects beyond any other friendship.
The sweet romantic development helps propel her recovery and even influences her entire family.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
This New York Times bestseller stars a self-proclaimed plus-size girl named Willowdean Dickson, nicknamed “Dumplin’” by her ex-beauty queen mother.
Although Willowdean has always been comfortable in her body, meeting private school student Bo at the local fast food joint where she works changes everything: she starts to like Bo, and finds that he likes her back.
This triggers new levels of self-doubt, leading her to enter a beauty pageant to prove that girls of any size can do it.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Hilarious things happen when two Indian-American teens are chosen for marriage by their parents.
Dimple Shah has just graduated and is looking forward to a summer program away from her family, and away from her Mamma’s irrational obsession with finding her the “ideal Indian husband.”
Rishi Patel’s parents, on the other hand, encourage him to woo a potential wife at the same summer program, and he’s definitely agreeable. Their opposite mindsets will find ways to clash and offer us plenty of laughs in the process.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean Song has a collection of love letters she’s written for every boy she’s had a crush on (five in total). She pours out everything she feels, knowing that the letters are kept safely in her hatbox and will never be sent.
But one day, someone mails the secret letters, and Lara Jean’s love life spirals out of control as each boy finds out how she feels (or felt)—and all at the same time!
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
This New York Times bestseller follows Mia Thermopolis and the adventures that follow when she finds out her dad is the prince of Genovia.
Readers will laugh through all of Mia’s escapades as the new princess of Genovia, as she navigates her complicated relationship with her grandmother (the queen) and the date she wants for the Cultural Diversity Dance.
This book also inspired the hit movie of the same title, starring Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, and has since spun off ten more volumes.
Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt
Mallory’s boyfriend Jeremy cheats on her with an online girlfriend, which leads her to conclude that she doesn’t want anything to do with boys—or modern technology!
She begins a “go vintage” quest, inspired by her grandmother’s list of goals written back in 1962, which she aims to accomplish. These include hosting a dinner party and sewing a dress by hand, among others.
The author perfectly matches heartfelt moments with family and a tinge of romance in this funny, entertaining novel.
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Another entertaining comedy on the struggles of plus-sized teenagers, this novel follows the adventures of 15-year-old Virginia.
Her best friend has left town, leaving Virginia alone to grapple with an awkward boy-girl relationship. Virginia resorts to following a “Fat Girl Code of Conduct” to survive, but something happens to cause her world to fall all around her.
Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Sixteen-year-old Amal is a Melbourne teen who has all the usual teen interests: chocolates, Cosmo magazine, and boys.
The novel delves into Amal’s Islamic faith and her desire to honor her heritage even when no one else seems to understand it.
She decides to “shawl up” while struggling with other typical teen issues, creating the perfect mix of humorous and heartwarming scenes.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Mere moments before the Earth is demolished by the construction crew of an intergalactic freeway, a friend plucks Arthur Dent off the planet.
Arthur and his friend Ford then venture into space, along with their fellow galactic travelers, including a two-headed creature named Zaphod, Zaphod’s girlfriend, and Marvin, a chronically depressed but brilliant robot. Their frolic through the galaxy will surely infect you with laughter.
The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
This amusing coming-of-age story features high school senior Briggs Henry heading to Lake Michigan for a summer job.
He leaves behind his parents’ money problems, looking forward to living in a Victorian house right on the beach.
Briggs lives a summer full of social blunders, volleyball games on the beach, and a series of funerals to boot. And then he meets Abigail, the mysterious girl next door who just doesn’t take to Briggs’s attempts at wooing her.
Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame
Screenwriter Don Calame pens this funny story of teen boys, beginning with the shy Dan Weekes, who enjoys making graphic novels and watching over his mom, who is dating around.
Suddenly, his mom is engaged and she’s planned a camping trip for Dan and her fiance, Hank, for a chance to bond—the perfect setting for Dan and his best friend Charlie to play a series of pranks.
When a girl joins their trip and a challenge is thrown their way, Dan is forced to depend on Hank for his survival.
Waste of Space by Gina Damico
A reality show called Waste of Space invites 10 teenagers into its spaceship—10 kids who have no idea that the setting is fake.
The spaceship they enter is right smack in a desert warehouse and comes with special effects to make everything seem real.
The show is a success, with millions viewing and loving it! But when communication gets cut off, the kids are trapped and struggling to find a way out.
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
This comic fantasy novel by British storyteller Terry Pratchett features 9-year-old Tiffany Aching, who sees things that others don’t.
One of her experiences is seeing two tiny blue men in kilts who give her a warning about a certain creature in the river.
She ends up hitting one of these little men, whom no one else can see. She finds out that they are the Nac Mac Feegles, whom she later teams up with in order to defend her family and her home.
Sophomores and Other Oxymorons by David Lubar
Scott Hudson survived his freshman year, but having a new baby brother and a series of school adventures will make for an interesting Sophomore year full of challenges.
This sequel to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie explores the ups and downs of high school. The author perfectly captures these nuances through a combination of humorous and thought-provoking scenes.
The Best Books for Teen Readers
The teenage years can be hard enough. What could be a better remedy than a few laughs with a book that relates to those struggles?
These hilarious books for teens can take the edge off some of those turbulent times, and perhaps even inspire young adults to read more often.
Do you have any favorite funny books for teens? Share them in the comments below!
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Yen Cabag is the Blog Writer of TCK Publishing. She is also a homeschooling mom, family coach, and speaker for the Charlotte Mason method, an educational philosophy that places great emphasis on classic literature and the masterpieces in art and music. She has also written several books, both fiction and nonfiction. Her passion is to see the next generation of children become lovers of reading and learning in the midst of short attention spans.