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Funniest protagonists: these reads are GUARANTEED to make you smile

Whether you had a bad day, lost your favorite bookmark, or are grieving the tragic death of your favorite fictional character, we have a few books that are GUARANTEED to make you smile. So scroll down for some of our favorite reads with witty characters, hilarious banter, and all around good vibes. 🙂

The Other Merlin by Robyn Schneider

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Welcome to the great kingdom of Camelot! Prince Arthur’s a depressed botanist who would rather marry a library than a princess, Lancelot’s been demoted to castle guard after a terrible lie, and Emry Merlin has arrived at the castle disguised as her twin brother since girls can’t practice magic. This book is the BEST kind of chaos.

Azar on Fire by Olivia Abtahi

Finding her voice takes on a whole new meaning when fourteen-year-old Azar Rossi sets out to win her local Battle of the Bands contest in this heartfelt and hilarious contemporary YA. And Azar’s narration is ABSOLUTELY going to make you laugh out loud!

The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae


You ever accidentally end up being a human sacrifice amidst a deadly race for the throne with three royal heirs? Besides being filled with magic, amazing characters, and incredible world-building, The Kinder Poison has a plot set up like no other, and you really can’t help but laugh at the situations Zahru gets herself into.

Huda F Are You by Huda Fahmy

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From the creator of Yes, I’m Hot In This, this cheeky, hilarious, and honest graphic novel asks the question everyone has to figure out for themselves: Who are you?

Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker & Wesley King


If you love cheeky banter over text, you’re going to LOVE Max and Jonah as they navigate love in the age of quarantine.

A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen 

A matchmaking mother? A bake-off? Enemies-to-lovers? Yeah, we guarantee this romcom will have you grinning ear-to-ear.

Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon

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Allow us to set the stage: you like this *super cool* girl. She likes rockstars. You’re not a rockstar…but maybe you can become one.

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman


Hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, My Eyes Are Up Here is a story of awkwardness and ferocity, of imaginary butterflies and rock-solid friends. It’s the story of a girl finding her way out of her oversized sweatshirt and back into the real world.

We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman

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Equal parts heartfelt and funny, this book is one big hug that will have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

You’re So Dead by Ash Parsons

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This is the perfect combination of mystery, horror…and yes, humor. This thriller-comedy follows three best friends who sneak into an influencers-only festival event (gone wrong), only to discover a killer is in their midst–and they have to uncover the truth and solve the mystery before it’s too late.

Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos


Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin’ in this bitingly funny YA thriller about a kickass group of teens battling a ravenous group of…wait for it…zombies!

Flirting With Fate by J.C. Cervantes

Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes’s hilarious, romantic YA debut about an accidentally-stolen-blessing and unexpected love story.

Coming soon…

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum

While The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen is a deeply profound book dealing with serious themes of friendship, betrayal, and hatred, Hoodie’s irresistible narration is guaranteed to make you smile. This stunning YA debut from Isaac Blum is coming to shelves September 13!

The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass

This charming YA rom-com perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and What If It’s Us will leave you with a goofy smile on your face as Micah navigates his own complicated fairytale to finding true love. Coming September 20!

Margot Mertz for the Win by Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy

If you couldn’t get enough of Margot’s internal banter in Margot Mertz Takes It Down, then we hope you’ve marked your calendars for the sequel! Margot faces senior year working on a campaign for local election while helping a fellow student run for class president—but when a mysterious blackmail plot emerges, and a loathesome opponent rises in the class race, Margot might have to return to the cleanup job she thought she’d left behind. Coming November 15!

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