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Guest Post: 10 Fun and Hilarious YA Novels by Kurt Dinan


Okay, let’s get to it--YA is serious business, and by that, I mean a great deal of YA these days deals with very serious issues. The best sellers list is filled with depression, disappearances, dystopia, disease, disaster, death, and probably other d-words that I can’t come up with right now. And the fact is, I love all of that seriousness. As a high school English teacher, I love that there are books out there that teenagers can turn to that deal with the real issues they may face.

But as confusing and serious and complicated being a teenager can be, I think it also can be a lot of fun. What I remember from high school are the times with my friends, the idiotic adventures we got into, and the laughing and bantering. When I sat down to write DON’T GET CAUGHT, I wanted to capture those free-spirited, irresponsible, and at times juvenile-minded moments of being a teenager. In a world where there’s a lot to get down about, there’s also a lot to laugh about. So for those of you looking for something fun and to make you laugh out loud, here’s my Fun YA Novels Guaranteed to Make You Laugh reading list:


DENTON LITTLE’S DEATH DATE by Lance Rubin

Wait, a funny book about knowing you’re going to die in two days? Absolutely. Denton’s got a lot to pack into his last days, including drinking, going to prom, having sex, and figuring out what this mysterious purple rash is covering his body. It’s hilarious.






BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray

A plane full of teenage beauty contestants crash lands on a deserted island. Do I really need to say any more?








AU REVIOUR, CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK by Joel Schreiber

Perry finds out that the boring foreign exchange student staying in his house is really a professional assassin who takes him on the craziest, most chaotic
one-night adventure he’ll ever experience.







TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE by Stephanie Tromly

Veronica Mars meets Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? A wisecracking teenage girl and her brilliant but weird crime-solving partner? If these things don’t interest
you, then you are dead to me.







I LOVE YOU, BETH COOPER by Larry Doyle

Denis, the high school valedictorian, decides mid speech that right now is the moment to claim his love for the popular and beautiful Beth Cooper
to everyone in attendance at graduation. Beth is flattered; her massive boyfriend on leave from the Army is not. A novel told in one manic, hilarious
night. Read the book; stay away from the movie.





KILL THE BOY BAND by Goldy Moldavsky

What should you do when your favorite boy band is in town and you don’t only know what hotel they’re staying in, but also have their room key? Obviously you kidnap one of them, duh.







FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

Astrid is richer than you, more attractive than you, and therefore better than you. But hey, at least she’ll admit her self-centeredness. When she’s kicked out of private school, her parents sentence her to *gasp!* public school. One of the best voices I’ve ever read in a novel.






THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL, OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS by Lisa Yee

A piece of advice, if you’re ever asked by your significant other if you’d hypothetically donate a kidney to them, don’t hesitate then say no. Because if
the results are half as chaotic as what happens to Higgs Boson Biggs, you’re in for a lot of trouble.





I AM A GENIUS OF UNSPEAKABLE EVIL AND I WANT TO BE YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT by Josh Lieb

12-year-old Oliver really is a genius, and an evil genius at that. But he can’t let anyone in on the fact that he’s a billionaire plotting world domination, so he has to act like an idiot, which is fine, until he decides he has to be 7th grade president to get his father’s approval. Now Oliver’s about to find out that making kids like you is a lot harder than overthrowing governments.




HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh

Okay, technically not YA, but trust me on this, Brosh’s brilliant writing and crazy cartoons about her life, some of it from her teen years, will have you saying, “Caaake!” at inopportune times.









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Kurt Dinan teaches high school English in Cincinnati where he lives with his wife and four kids.  As a result of the countless pranks he's played in his life, he sleeps with one eye open, has a full-time food taster to make sure he isn't being poisoned, and spins while he walks so no one can sneak up on him.

DON'T GET CAUGHT is his first novel.

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Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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