Books About Funny Misfit Teens

Virtually all teens go through a period where they feel like they just don't fit in. That's what makes the main characters in these novels and memoirs so relatable -- they're misfits, too (or at least they think they are!). And they're funny, too -- always a plus. For more teen stories, see our Coming-of-Age Books and Teen Romance Novels lists.

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Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

age 12+

Funny, charming look at ups and downs of boy's second year.

By: David Lubar (2015)
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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

age 13+

Teen seeks to end family curse in hilarious, moving tale.

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Thieving Weasels

age 13+

Dark, funny tale of teen trying to flee his criminal family.

By: Billy Taylor (2016)
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This Will Be Funny Someday

age 13+

Engaging, funny tale of teen stand-up comic hits big issues.

By: Katie Henry (2021)
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We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story

age 13+

Funny memoir of a boy trying to get his first girlfriend.

By: Josh Sundquist (2014)
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When Dimple Met Rishi

age 13+

Opposites begin to attract in sweet arranged-union tale.

By: Sandhya Menon (2017)
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

age 14+

Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.

By: Sherman Alexie (2007)
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An Abundance of Katherines

age 14+

Funny, quirky tale of slacker geeks' road trip to Tennessee.

By: John Green (2006)
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Dumplin'

age 14+

Smart, funny, body-positive coming-of-age story.

By: Julie Murphy (2015)
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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: Montague Siblings, Book 1

age 14+

Funny, exciting escapades of bisexual English teen in 1700s.

By: Mackenzi Lee (2017)
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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

age 14+

Tale of dying teen is full of embarrassing comic moments.

By: Jesse Andrews (2012)
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XL

age 14+

Funny coming-of-age tale of self-esteem issues and bullies.

By: Scott Brown (2019)
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King Dork

age 15+

Dark, funny coming-of-age with lots of mature content.

By: Frank Portman (2006)
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Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal

age 15+

Brilliantly funny, insightful, dark high school tragicomedy.

By: Chris Colfer (2012)
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