This absorbing and funny story that, amid all the witty banter and comedy routines, manages to explore some serious issues in depth, realistically, and with sensitivity. Through Isabel's experience,This Will Be Funny Someday takes on emotional and psychological abuse, beauty myths, sexism, harrassment, stereotyping, privilege, friendship, truth, and honesty. It takes all these topics and more seriously without being heavy-handed about any of them. A lot of the action takes place in the unusual and intriguing world of stand-up comedy, and readers will gain an appreciation for how hard it is, and how much hard work goes into it.
Sometimes it's frustrating to see Isabel make the same mistake again, even when she knows it's a mistake, and there are some minor inconsistencies in the characters and plot, especially some things that get glossed over or dropped for too long. But she's easy to root for, and teens will relate to her frustrations waiting for life to start and finding a world where she belongs. Hopefully it will also encourage them to keep looking for their own voices, and the courage to make them heard.