American Panda by Gloria Chao. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies. But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it.
Add to GoodReads. Humor in Young Adult Literature. Celebrates the accomplishments of YA authors acclaimed for producing high-quality comedies, who have not yet been treated in a book-length bio-critical study.
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This year has delivered on the kind of personal and eye-opening fiction the YA world craves, while also bringing readers new fantasy series, coveted titles from top authors, wicked horror and suspense stories, and new entries in already loved series. This list of must-read YA titles of is by no means definitive, but it shows that readers have had plenty to talk about and love this year. Woodfolk uses the shifting points-of-view of three music lovers — Autumn, Shay, and Logan — who each lose someone and now wonder what their lives would have been if tragedy never struck. Readers will find instant emotional bonds with the trio of never-bland protagonists in this slowly unfolding story told in lyrical prose.
Some of the most talked-about, most beloved young adult novels talk about some of the more serious issues on growing up. John Green, Rainbow Rowell, and Sarah Dessen are some of the top YA authors that have made us all shed more than a few tears over the years. But within the giant YA bookshelves of novels focusing on break-ups, loss, illnesses, and the harsh realities that comes with being a teenager, there are also a few that focus on the more funny and absolutely embarrassing moments of growing up.
Humor is a central genre of young adult literature. This style of writing is crucial to young adult literature because of the motivation that it gives young adults to read. Humor tends to be a lighter form of literature, therefore making it easier to read and comprehend.
The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Many of us look back on the "young adult" years of our life and remember both broad brush strokes of volatile feelings and now-inconsequential details of school politics and heartbreak.
Young adult titles that tackle "the challenges of adolescence with wit and humor" are in fact numerous, and this remarkably solid text offers a topical discussion of many such examples. In his introduction, Hogan comments on the subjective challenge of describing what is funny; rather than explaining what makes a particular selection humorous, he most often allows the selection itself to stand as example, and excerpts are thus included throughout the text. This is not, however, a collection of annotations but a critical examination of a literary phenomenon; the chapters read like individual essays rather than lists of recommended titles. Readers will come away from this solid offering with a firm appreciation of the richness of humorous offerings; those organized enough to take notes will also have an extensive list of books to read and recommend for a laugh.
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The plot can still include romance, fantastical or science fiction elements, tragedy, etc. Common themes might include situational or dramatic irony; black humor or dark humor surrounding death, disease, or plague; failed romantic attempts; main characters repeatedly making similar mistakes; wordplay; and satire or parody. Additionally, these books appeal to readers who might want a break from the doom and gloom of dystopian fiction. Some people also feel that humorous authors write more realistically than others, since we all have silly or funny things happen to us occasionally.