Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin


  • By: Lance Rubin
  • 2021 | Paperback
  • ISBN is 9780525644705 / 0525644709
  • Publisher: Ember

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A tragicomic story of bad dates, bad news, bad performances, and one girl’s determination to find the funny in high school from the author of Denton Little’s Deathdate. Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she’s hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even . . . flirting? Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs? Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.**A Junior Library Guild Selection**

About the Author:

Lance Rubin

LANCE RUBIN is the author of Denton Little’s Deathdate and Denton Little’s Still Not Dead. He’s worked as an actor, written and performed sketch comedy, and done a lot of improv (like The Lance and Ray Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre). He’s also the co-writer, along with Joe Iconis and Jason SweetTooth Williams, of the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter. Lance lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. You can follow him online at and on Twitter at @LanceRubinParty.

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin, read by Katie Schorr

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin Reviews:

“A refreshingly diverse cast of characters…. This book is for anyone who’s ever attended high school, had a crush, gotten news they weren’t prepared to deal with, or learned that someone close to them isn’t quite who they thought they were—in short, for everyone.” —Booklist

“Crying Laughing offers insight into why it can be good to be unfunny, and advocates for facing up to feelings, even scary ones. Winnie’s rapid-fire internal voice and awkward dating experiences are a hoot, and her relationships are infused with compassion and nuance.”—BookPage

“As funny as it is poignant… Winnie’s story is handled with authenticity and heart. The deft movement between laughter and tears will appeal to fans of John Green.” — SLJ

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