14 Funny Titles for Teens | Summer Reading 2020

From summer camp to improv troupes to rom coms, these YA reads keep things light as the days get longer.

From summer camp to improv troupes to rom coms, these YA reads keep things light as the days get longer.

XL by Scott Brown. Knopf. ISBN 9781524766245.

Will Daughtry is under five feet tall and very bitter about it. His height infiltrates his every thought and is obviously why he's never had a girlfriend. Then Will starts growing…and keeps growing.

Please Send Help by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin. Wednesday Bks. ISBN 9781250216533.

Duo Dunn and Raskin are back in this sequel to I Hate Everyone But You, with a laugh-out-loud funny, heartfelt, and deep look at what it’s like to stumble along your first “real world” job after college.

My Life Gone Viral by Rae Earl. Imprint. ISBN 9781250133809.

The sequel to My Life Uploaded features Millie (and her cat, Dave) trying to maintain their viral vlog success.

We Are the Perfect Girl by Ariel Kaplan. Knopf. ISBN 9780525647119.

Aphra Brown has the gift of conversation; her best friend Bethany is drop-dead gorgeous but lacks her friend's articulation. What if these two friends could combine their strengths to snag the perfect guy, Greg D'Agostino?

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood. Flatiron. ISBN 9781250219268.

Natalie’s world is turned upside-down when her parents announce on Christmas day that they are separating, and she’s pulled even further outside her comfort zone when she begins a tentative romance with someone unexpected.

Unscripted by Nicole Kronzer. Abrams/Amulet. ISBN 9781419740848.

At the Rocky Mountain Theatre Arts Camp, Zelda Bailey-Cho is offered a spot on the Varsity improv team, which has the chance to perform in front of industry professionals and elite camp alumni at the end of the summer. But soon after rehearsals start, Zelda starts to see the misogynistic atmosphere of camp.

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Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir. illus. by author. Top Shelf. ISBN 9781603094658.

A dire fate awaits Elodie after she graduates from high school: working at Camp Bear Lake, at the behest of her mother, to earn money to pay for college. When she has nightmares and sees blue lights in the forest, she fears that a dark forest spirit is after them all.

There's Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon. S. & S./Simon Pulse. ISBN 9781534416789.

When Ashish Patel’s girlfriend dumps him, he asks his parents to arrange a suitable date for him.

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray. ISBN 9780062824110.

When 17-year-old Norris Kaplan's mother has to relocate to find work in her field, Norris finds his identity as a Black, French-Canadian hockey fan challenged by his new existence in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. 

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Bks. ISBN 9780062748379.

After meeting at a party, Jake bonds with Kate and is heartbroken when she dies of sickle cell anemia. Now his life cyclically reboots to the moment they met, as he attempts to save her.

Camp by L.C Rosen. Little, Brown. ISBN 9780316537759.

Every year at Camp Outland, a sleepaway camp for queer teens, Randy lets his femme flag fly. But this year Randy has a plan to woo Hudson, the hottest boy at camp, who only dates masculine boys.

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin. Knopf. ISBN 9780525644675.

Winnie—the funniest girl in her class—struggles with finding her voice in an improv troupe as well as in her first romantic relationship, while her family struggles with the realities of her father’s failing health.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki. illus. by Steve Pugh. DC Ink. ISBN 9781401283292.

A reimagining of Harley Quinn’s origin as a teenager deeply embedded in countercultural movements.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon. Putnam. ISBN 9781984812209.

After his sister is disowned for marrying a Black man, Frank decides to enter a fake relationship with Joy, another Korean-American kid, so that they can both date the people they want without parental involvement.

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