Lady Renegades Blog Tour: Rachel Hawkins on Funny YA

April 18, 2016 2016, guest post, hilarious, rachel hawkins, urban fantasy, Wendy 12

Lady Renegades Blog Tour: Rachel Hawkins on Funny YALady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins
Series: Rebel Belle #3
Published by Putnam Children's on April 5th, 2016
Genres: paranormal, urban fantasy
Pages: 264 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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From the  New York Times bestselling author of Hex Hall comes the sparkling finale in the beloved Rebel Belle series.
Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark's battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.

Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenaged girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again.

Now, it’s a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle.
New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins brings the fun once again in the finale of this pitch-perfect romantic paranormal comedy series.

Rachel Hawkins is a long-time favorite of mine. Her books feel so funny and fresh, and her current Rebel Belle series features a girl who suddenly discovers supernatural powers that allow her to be a kickass guardian–but who was also raised to be a genteel southern belle. To complicate things further, the person she’s supposed to protect is her cute nemesis-turned-boyfriend David, who’s gone on the run and won’t let her protect him. What’s a girl to do? And will the aunts pack enough cookies for her road trip to find him?

To celebrate the release of the last book of the series, we’re pleased to welcome Rachel Hawkins to blog today as part of the Lady Renegades tour! She’s here to talk about humor in young adult books, which came about in a roundabout way from a tweet from Rachel that sparked a conversation about why funny YA can be a hard sell.

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Rachel Hawkins on Funny YA

I have always loved a good Funny Book. While my teen years were spent chasing down the Angstiest Family Sagas around (seriously, if no one was in love with a priest or died in the Hindenburg, what was the POINT?), funny books were my jam when I was first falling in love with reading. Roald Dahl springs to mind (although those books tended to mix the funny with the SUPER DUPER DARK in a way I loved), as does Louis Sachar and my beloved Anastasia Krupnik series. And, of course, our Patron Saint Judy Blume could deliver on laughs. So adding funny to my own books is definitely a deliberate choice. I like to laugh, and I love to make other people laugh.

Honestly, I’ve written so many funny books now, I think if I suddenly turned in a Very Serious Work of Lit-Ra-Churr, people would be like, “….the heck is this, Hawkins?” (I like to imagine everyone calls me “Hawkins,” like we’re all on a baseball team together.) It’s definitely part of the way I see the world–I’m forever trying to turn things into “amusing” anecdotes for my friends and family–and also just the world I want to exist in as an author. Funny doesn’t get enough respect for how hard it can be, but it can also be really fun to write. It can feel like a dance or a tightrope act when you’re trying to pull off the perfect bit of banter, or a silly set-piece, and when it clicks, it’s the best feeling in the world.

I definitely want more funny books in the world, but I do have some recs to get you started!

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Funny YA Recommendations

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway: A girl finds herself an unwilling celebrity when her ex’s song about their breakup becomes a smash hit. There’s some obvious hilarity in the set-up, but one thing I love about this book is how real all the relationships feel in the midst of this larger-than-life thing that happens to Audrey. Also, some of the stuff with Audrey and her family literally made me do that obnoxious snort-laughing in public.

The Princess for Hire series by Lindsey Leavitt: These books are so much fun, and I want EVERYONE to read them. There’s magic and romance, but Lindsey is never afraid to go for The Weird in her books in a way I find DELIGHTFUL. When you hear, “Girl can transform into various princesses, takes their place so they can have the occasional break,” you think you know where this series is going. But then the main character ends up impersonating a giant Bug Alien Queen at a Sci-Fi Convention, and you realize that NOPE, even BETTER THAN YOU’D HOPED.

Trouble Is A Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly: DIGBY!! DIIIIGBYYYYY!! Okay, now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let me tell you about this book. Actually, no, I don’t even want to because I want you all to READ IT. There’s wackiness and crime and so much goodness, but the real treasure here is the banter between Digby and Zoe, a mismatched pair of teens who- no, seriously, just go read it and get back to me.

About the Author

Rachel Hawkins is the author of the bestselling Hex Hall series. She lives in Alabama. Follow her on Twitter or Tumblr to keep up with all her latest news. Lady Renegades, the third book in the Rebel Belle series, was published on April 5th, 2016.

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vine-divider-finalDo you enjoy humorous YA? Are you always yearning for more of it, like I am?

If you have even the tiniest funny bone in your body, be sure to pick up the Rebel Belle series soon! It’s the perfect thing to tickle your fancy if you enjoy, you know, SMILING and going awwww at things.

And I fervently hope that Rachel continues to write funny scenes and kissy scenes into all of her books, no matter what the topic is.

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Further Reading:

Rebel Belle + Wendy’s Hummingbird Cake Recipe

Dying’s Easy, Getting Comedy into YA? Impossible

Humor in YA (with a long list of recommendations for funny authors)







12 Responses to “Lady Renegades Blog Tour: Rachel Hawkins on Funny YA”

  1. ChatEbooks

    It’s refreshing to encounter humorous young adult fiction especially if the characters are a mix of sweet and spicy. Totally different from the paranormal/dystopian genre trend now. Will definitely add this to my to-read list.

  2. Laura @ Scribbles and Wanderlust

    I remember this twitter conversation you two had! I, too, am looking for more funny, light-hearted, kissing, positive YA. Absolutely nothing wrong with humor. We need a healthy dose of that in life.

    To be honest, I’m blanking on funny YA outside of what Rachel recommended (and her books, too). Most of what I’m thinking of are instances within serious YA, or they’re adult books (Sophie Kinsella comes to mind — although her FINDING AUDREY had some funny moments). BRING BACK HUMOROUS YA! :)