LOL Book Roundup : 3 Books That Will Actually Make You Laugh
BY KATIE WAGNER JACOBS
Can you remember the last time you read a book that really made you laugh? It seems like many of the books written recently are so heavy and serious. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading all kinds of books—but lately, I’ve been in the mood for something a little bit lighter. A truly hilarious book is hard to come by, but the three I’m sharing with you today are sure to leave you in stitches. Enjoy!
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
By Maria Semple
While this book has been on shelves for a few years, it is so packed with laugh-out-loud moments that I had to stop reading it while flying because I couldn’t control myself in a plane full of passengers. Set in modern day Seattle amidst the Microsoft elite, Bernadette’s husband works for the software company while she is the mother to a young daughter who attends one the most prestigious (and snobby) schools in the area.
Not one for social graces or fitting in, Bernadette struggles hard in every direction. The result is a free fall comedy that is as relatable as it is outrageous. Much of the novel is told unconventionally through emails and other documents that show instead of tell the reader what Bernadette has gotten herself into now (think: a hospitable bill, FBI documents, back and forth between Bernadette and a psychiatrist). Author Maria Semple develops an entire cast of downright hilarious characters that are as dynamic as they are laughable. While Where’d You Go Bernadette is indeed unquestionably funny, it is also a seriously well-crafted, thoughtful novel.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
By Gail Honeyman
This book is quirky and unlike anything you’ve read before. Eleanor is actually not completely fine, and the reader spends the majority of the novel trying to understand why. Eleanor’s situation isn’t laughable, though—it’s actually very sad. The opening chapter of the novel explains that Eleanor lives a totally isolated life dictated by a bland schedule until an unexpected run-in occurs that changes Eleanor’s life forever. The humor of this book is found in Eleanor herself—the way she thinks, the way she perceives the world, and her total ignorance when it comes to social norms. Gaining access to Eleanor’s naïve, strictly logical way of thinking makes social constructs that we all take for granted (like fashion trends and the simple act of party dancing) suddenly seem laughable.
The reader can’t help but fall in love with Eleanor; she’s so easy to cheer on as she does her best to get by throughout the novel. While this novel will absolutely make you chuckle, it is also heartwarming in a way that leaves a lasting impression. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is indeed funny, but it is also the kind of book that has the power to make the world a little bit of a better place.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
By Mindy Kaling
This gem is comedienne Mindy Kaling’s first book. Her more recent one, Why Not Me, is also very funny, but I think this book is the better of the two. A collection of cultural commentary and glimpses into her personal life experiences, Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me? is made up of chapters that read like essays on various musings. Over the top at times, the book captures the ins and outs of being a modern day millennial woman in a way that resonates hilariously with readers.
There are so many “me too!” moments. Mindy’s commentary on her chubby childhood, the trials of getting started in show biz, the struggle of making (the right) friends and romantic choices, and the madness of living up to impossible beauty standards all hit stunningly close to home for readers in a way that makes Mindy’s quips all the more laughable. Conversational in tone and playfully self-deprecating, this book is a true riot.
Roundup by Katie Wagner Jacobs the Barefoot Blonde Contributor Program Film & Book Reviewer. Do you have a book or film you want Katie to review? Leave your recommendations in the comments.
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