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Author: Lance Rubin Narrator: Katie Schorr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2020 ISBN: 9780593289907
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A must-read for comedy fans, aspiring artists, and anybody who’s feeling like life’s just not fair sometimes. Cause it isn’t, but that’s okay—and it’s even sometimes hilarious.”

    Naomi Ekperigin, comedian

  • Crying Laughing is funny, heartbreaking, and a love letter to comedy—and how it can save us.”

    Amy Spalding, author of The Summer of Jordi Perez

  • “Charming, heartbreaking, and ultimately life-affirming, Rubin captures Winnie’s verve and heart with honesty and wit.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Crying Laughing walks the delicate line between comedy and tragedy without faltering once; a sharp-witted take on how humor can exist—and be a source of strength—even in the saddest moments.”

    Ariel Kaplan, author of We Are the Perfect Girl

  • “Realistically portrays the balancing act between seriousness and humor for a family more comfortable with the latter.”

    The Horn Book

  • “A touching look into one girl’s high school experience as she seeks the funny moments even in the midst of tragedy. Charming and affecting.”

    Kirkus 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

    "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.
  • 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

  • “[A] hilarious, heartrending novel.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “Comedy has the ability to shine brightly in the darkness. Rubin tackles sensitive subjects with marvelous amounts of humor and heart. You will need tissues by the end of the book, but I promise it will be okay. Because, just as the title promises, you will also be laughing.”

    NPR

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About the Author

Lance Rubin spent his twenties working as an actor and writing sketch comedy, with several successful runs of The Lance and Ray Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He has now turned his comedic talents to fiction.

About the Narrator

Katie Schorr is an actor and writer in New York. Her one-woman show, Take Me. Seriously, ran for six months at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and she performs throughout New York in new works at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among other theaters. She has appeared on VH1’s Best Week Ever and costars in the web series Head in the Oven with Saturday Night Live actor Bill Hader. Her audiobook credits include narrating the novels in Alyson Noel’s bestselling Immortals series. Of her work on the series, AudioFile magazine has said, “Narrator Katie Schorr has a wonderfully raspy, youthful voice, which she puts to good effect on the cast of teenage characters.”