Pratt Picks


Young Adult - LOL: Funny Teen Reads

Audrey, Wait!
Audrey, Wait! (2008)
Robin Benway
Sixteen-year-old Audrey gains unwanted fame and celebrity status when her ex-boyfriend, a rock musician, records a breakup song about her that soars to the top of the Billboard charts.
Beauty Queens
Beauty Queens (2011)
Libba Bray
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You  (2005)
Ally Carter
Cammie, a spy-in-training like the other girls at the top-secret Gallagher Academy, tries to date a boy from outside without blowing her cover. First in the Gallagher Girls series.
Born to Rock
Born to Rock (2006)
Gordon Korman
Leo, a Harvard-bound Young Republican, is stunned to learn that his biological father leads a famous punk band.
Absolutely, Positively Not
Absolutely, Positively Not (2005)
David LaRochelle
First Steven has disastrous dates with girls.  Then he goes to a dance with a golden retriever.  Will he ever have the kind of date he wants--with a guy?
Suck It Up
Suck It Up (2008)
Brian Meehl
A scrawny, teenaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans and to demonstrate how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.
Parties and Potions
Parties and Potions (2009)
Sarah Mlynowski
High school sophomore Rachel and her younger sister Miri, both witches, are introduced to a wider community of witches while grappling with the problem of whether or not to reveal their powers to their school friends, father, and step-mother.  Fourth in the Magic in Manhattan series.
The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie
The Murder of Bindy MacKenzie (2006)
Jaclyn Moriarty

In Year Eleven, a new Friendship and Development class may turn nerdy Bindy into a likeable person, if she doesn't get murdered first.

Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (2009)
Louise Rennison
British teenager Georgia finally chooses between potential boyfriends, but then becomes involved in a play with the one not chosen. Last in the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series.
The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein
The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein (2009)
Libby Schmais
Quirky sixteen-year-old Lotus Lowenstein's diary reveals that although she lives in Brooklyn and is failing high school French, she loves all things Gallic and dreams of living as an existentialist in Paris.
The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It
The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Truly, Completely Lost It (2007)
Lisa Shanahan
Fourteen-year-old Gemma Stone struggles to understand her shifting emotions as her older sister plans her wedding, she overcomes her nerves and tries out for the school play, and she gets to know one of the most notorious boys in her class.
The Schwa Was Here
The Schwa Was Here (2004)
Neal Shusterman
His friends try to rescue Calvin Schwa from his tendency to disappear. Followed by Antsy Does Time.
Zen and the Art of Faking It
Zen and the Art of Faking It (2007)
Jordan Sonnenblick
When 13-year-old San Lee moves to a new town and school, he is looking for a way to stand out. His knowledge of Zen Buddhism provides the answer--and the need to quickly become a convincing Zen master.
Be More Chill
Be More Chill (2004)
Ned Vizzini
After getting a squip, a supercomputer in his brain that tells him what to do and say, Jeremy goes from dorkish to cool.
A Field Guide to High School
A Field Guide to High School (2007)
Marissa Walsh
Andie and her best friend Bess read through a manual Andie's Yale-bound sister wrote for her, a hilarious guide to Plumstead Country Day high school.
Spanking Shakespeare
Spanking Shakespeare (2007)
Jake Wizner
Shakespeare Shapiro navigates a senior year fraught with feelings of insecurity while writing the memoir of his embarrassing life, worrying about his younger brother being cooler than he is, and having no prospects of ever getting a girlfriend.