Pretty Funny for a Girl Rebecca Elliott. Peachtree, 2020. 9781682631478
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? Haylah Swinton knows she’s funny. She can make anyone laugh, from her little brother and her mother, to her two besties and her pals at school. But when she makes handsome Leo Jackson laugh, she is thrilled. And when he asks her to ghostwrite jokes for him to use in a stand-up competition, she’s all in. Will her crush on him get in the way of their friendship? And, could he ever consider her more than just a friend? Or does she not fit the profile of a cute girlie girl? Because Haylah also considers herself fat, and, to her, this negates her funniness. I loved this teen with a big personality, and was so happy that she figured out how to love herself. With lots of school, friend, and romantic drama, not to mention secrets that almost mess everything up, this novel is funny and relatable. British slangy epithets are hilarious – “total twazzock” and “spiky-haired twit-flump” and will endear Haylah to readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For teens, ages 14 and up, who like realistic fiction, especially with a heroine who’s into comedy.
Who should buy this book? High school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Teen fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: December 15, 2020