Oh, our favorite elusive genre… young adult/teen fiction comedy—the funny stuff that always feels impossible to find.
However, just because it feels impossible… well, it isn’t. Remember my favorite Audrey Hepburn quote: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” Yep, that was my high school senior quote, too… But, it just proves that we should keep faith in our search for humorous reads!
So, I’ve compiled a list of the best ways (I think) to find and start reading YA comedy books right now!
Check Library Catalogs
Let me tell you—I always use my library card before my credit card. My local library has saved me, probably, hundreds of dollars, and I’m eternally grateful for it.
Lots of libraries have online catalogs that you can search now, and even a small town like mine has thousands of digital materials that can be checked out! So, first—if you don’t have a library card, go get one immediately! At least in the U.S., if you have proof of residency where you’re living (like a driver’s license), you can get one absolutely free. And, little known tip—most libraries offer non-residents paid cards, also. So, if you want to check out materials from more than one library outside your residential area, you can for a small fee—think of it like a Hulu subscription or something, but for books.
Once you’re officially in with a library card, you can check the online library catalogs either in the physical library, or on the library website or other online system. You can often search for available materials, like e-books, physical books, audiobooks, etc., by keywords or category. It really depends on the library system at this point, and we all know some systems work better than others, but you can try searching keywords like “funny teen fiction” or “high school comedy”, or you can try searching by category, which could be something like “young adult lit”, and sometimes sub-categories may be listed, like “young adult lit: comedy”.
More and more libraries are also incorporating catalogs from sites like Overdrive and Hoopla, too, to expand results and even give you results that you can “recommend” your library buy for patrons. If you find titles you like that aren’t available, write them down and consider searching for them elsewhere!
Visit Local Book Sellers
Shop local—small businesses love community support! I recently found a small bookstore fairly local to where I live (which is pretty remote, so ‘local’ to me is anything within fifty miles—hopefully this is not the case for you), and I was surprised to find that the store carried just about everything that Barnes & Noble does, though at much lower prices because most of the books are secondhand and gently used—although everything looks brand new.
Small bookstores, I’m guessing, usually have a slow stream of daily in-person customers and will always be happy to assist you in finding something specific… like YA comedies! Some may even, like libraries, have an online site with available books cataloged. And, even better—some will even order certain books for you if they don’t have them in the store.
Start an Amazon Search
Of course, Amazon is a huge seller and seems to be the opposite of a local, small business… but, in reality, majority of the Kindle books they sell are sold by independent authors (ahem, I know this firsthand, guys).
To find funny young adult reads on Amazon, visit the Amazon market site for your country (just type in Amazon.com) and make sure you select the category “Kindle Store” from the drop-down menu next to the search bar. Next, type in what you’re looking for, and it’s always better to be specific rather than vague on Amazon. So, for example, search for “funny young adult books for all ages” instead of just “young adult”.
Some search ideas to get you started include:
- funny books for teens
- young adult comedy books
- funny books about high school
- funny books for high schoolers
- teen fiction comedy books
- funny young adult series
- funny teen fiction series
- young adult humor
- teen fiction humor
…Or a Google Search
And, of course, we all turn to Google every once in a while. Or, in my case, more like once every hour.
You can use Google to search for either book sellers or books themselves—try both! Look for sellers that carry the young adult comedy category by searching something like “young adult comedy books to buy”, or just search “young adult comedy book” under the “shopping” tab.
And if all else fails…
…or you want to cut out the searching read something right now, check out my hilarious young adult series!
Andddd… if you like audiobooks, you can check it out in audio format now here!
Okay, now, I hope you all are able to start your next reading journey, no matter what funny little YA book you choose. Because, honestly, I don’t think this genre gets enough attention, and I wanna help work to change that. Work with me and let me know what you think in the comments!
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