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A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic. Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surp A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic. Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surprisingly cathartic. After the show, she meets Mo, an aspiring comic who’s everything Izzy’s not: bold, confident, comfortable in her skin. Mo invites Izzy to join her group of friends and introduces her to the Chicago open mic scene. The only problem? Her new friends are college students—and Izzy tells them she’s one, too. Now Izzy, the dutiful daughter and model student, is sneaking out to perform stand-up with her comedy friends, and she can hardly remember all the lies she’s telling to keep her two lives separate. Her controlling boyfriend is getting suspicious, and her former best friend knows there’s something going on. But Izzy loves comedy and this newfound freedom. As her two parallel lives collide—in the most hilarious of ways—Izzy must choose to either hide what she really wants and who she really is or, finally, truly stand up for herself.


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A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic. Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surp A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic. Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surprisingly cathartic. After the show, she meets Mo, an aspiring comic who’s everything Izzy’s not: bold, confident, comfortable in her skin. Mo invites Izzy to join her group of friends and introduces her to the Chicago open mic scene. The only problem? Her new friends are college students—and Izzy tells them she’s one, too. Now Izzy, the dutiful daughter and model student, is sneaking out to perform stand-up with her comedy friends, and she can hardly remember all the lies she’s telling to keep her two lives separate. Her controlling boyfriend is getting suspicious, and her former best friend knows there’s something going on. But Izzy loves comedy and this newfound freedom. As her two parallel lives collide—in the most hilarious of ways—Izzy must choose to either hide what she really wants and who she really is or, finally, truly stand up for herself.

30 review for This Will Be Funny Someday

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie Henry

    Hi! I’m Katie, I wrote THIS WILL BE FUNNY SOMEDAY, and I’m excited to share this story with you! It’s got friendship, a little Shakespeare, and lots of jokes. I want to note for readers that this book depicts an emotionally abusive relationship between the protagonist and her boyfriend. While it’s not the main plot arc, it is present throughout the narrative. This may be distressing for some readers, so please keep your own well-being in mind. I tried to write about this experience as compassiona Hi! I’m Katie, I wrote THIS WILL BE FUNNY SOMEDAY, and I’m excited to share this story with you! It’s got friendship, a little Shakespeare, and lots of jokes. I want to note for readers that this book depicts an emotionally abusive relationship between the protagonist and her boyfriend. While it’s not the main plot arc, it is present throughout the narrative. This may be distressing for some readers, so please keep your own well-being in mind. I tried to write about this experience as compassionately and accurately as I could, with as much complexity and nuance as it deserves. I hope I succeeded.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chaya

    I love stand-up comedy. They make me laugh even when I don't want to. So to find a book which has stand-up in it? A miracle. Isabel is so relatable as a character that it hurts. She is the odd one out in her over accomplishing family, she has a controlling boyfriend, she always keeps her thoughts to herself. Being odd one out and always hiding thoughts are seriously two traits that I most relate to. You can even say that they made me like this book. The way she handled her controlling boyfriend I love stand-up comedy. They make me laugh even when I don't want to. So to find a book which has stand-up in it? A miracle. Isabel is so relatable as a character that it hurts. She is the odd one out in her over accomplishing family, she has a controlling boyfriend, she always keeps her thoughts to herself. Being odd one out and always hiding thoughts are seriously two traits that I most relate to. You can even say that they made me like this book. The way she handled her controlling boyfriend in the end is iconic. She is a hero. Mom sighs and slings her heavy bag over one shoulder. She throws me a smile and a conspiratorial look as she starts toward the entryway. “You’re the calm in the storm.” Sometimes, I wish I were the storm instead. I wish same sometimes. If I am quite that doesn't mean I am not struggling with myself It is obvious yet I will state that the book was very funny. I have perfected my book face at this point but even that couldn't save me from smiling at my screen and people thinking I am a weirdo. The book made me cry. Maybe I got overly emotional, but if a book makes me cry, I automatically think the book has something. Though something that striked me as abrupt was the way she changed. Things had been in motion for a long time but the transformation instead of being seamless was like flipping the switch.. One chapter she was all timid and cowering and hiding herself and the next she was a badass who spoke fluent sarcasm and was ready to face every single one of her fears. So all in all a 4star

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This Will Be Funny Someday is a Young Adult Contemporary novel. It is my first book by this author. The story takes place in Chicago. The narrator is 16 year old Isabel/Izzy (1st person POV). Isabel is in high school. She has a boyfriend who is a bit controlling. Her parents have busy jobs. So she is left on her own a lot. I really had no idea what to expect from this book. But I enjoyed it a lot. Isabel was such an intriguing narrator. The first thing that I found very interesting was that Isabel This Will Be Funny Someday is a Young Adult Contemporary novel. It is my first book by this author. The story takes place in Chicago. The narrator is 16 year old Isabel/Izzy (1st person POV). Isabel is in high school. She has a boyfriend who is a bit controlling. Her parents have busy jobs. So she is left on her own a lot. I really had no idea what to expect from this book. But I enjoyed it a lot. Isabel was such an intriguing narrator. The first thing that I found very interesting was that Isabel has hearing issues. She can't hear what people are saying in loud settings. This was something that I have never seen before in a YA book. And I found it fascinating. The main focus of the book has to do with stand-up comedy clubs. Isabel walks into a comedy show at the beginning of the book. And things take off from there. I adored this part of the story. And thought that it made the book super original and I loved everything to do with comedy. At that first show Isabel meets Mo and her friends (they are college students). I loved every part of the story that featured Mo and her friends. The book also focuses on Isabel, her mom and her sister. And their relationships. This was a strong part of the book. Overall, I loved everything to do with the comedy clubs. And with Mo and her friends. But I absolutely hated Isabel's boyfriend. I really liked how the author managed to put all of these things into one book. This was such an enjoyable read! Thanks to edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for allowing me to read this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗

    my queen has done it again. if you haven’t read a katie henry book, you really are missing out. as I say every time I review her works, she has mastered the inner thoughts, turmoils, and developing brain cells of the teenage mind. it’s hard for me to read YA contemporaries and see such authentic characters but henry never misses. her main characters particularly always have so many layers to them. she does not dumb her teenagers down, does not underestimate them, but also is not afraid to show t my queen has done it again. if you haven’t read a katie henry book, you really are missing out. as I say every time I review her works, she has mastered the inner thoughts, turmoils, and developing brain cells of the teenage mind. it’s hard for me to read YA contemporaries and see such authentic characters but henry never misses. her main characters particularly always have so many layers to them. she does not dumb her teenagers down, does not underestimate them, but also is not afraid to show their flaws (and don’t worry, there’s lots of them because.... well teenagers are the worst). the character development and growth that occurs in her books are always amazing to see and izzy is no different. izzy goes through a lot in this book, specifically with an abusive boyfriend and feelings of being unwanted. but she also is forced to acknowledge your privileges in the world outside her private school life. seeing her grow and realize both her strength and her hubris made me very invested in the story. although this was probably my least favorite of henry’s books so far I still continue to appreciate her skill as a writer.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗

    A NEW KATIE HENRY BOOK THIS IS NOT A DRILL IM SO READY

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Katie Henry has yet to disappoint me with her unique and entertaining contemporary fiction. It's no secret that I am especially picky about which contemporaries I pick, but this is the author's third hit for me, so she's firmly cemented herself as one of the few contemporary authors on my auto-buy list. This book may have actually been my favorite of hers, as I found the characters reall You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Katie Henry has yet to disappoint me with her unique and entertaining contemporary fiction. It's no secret that I am especially picky about which contemporaries I pick, but this is the author's third hit for me, so she's firmly cemented herself as one of the few contemporary authors on my auto-buy list. This book may have actually been my favorite of hers, as I found the characters really enjoyable and the story fun and inspiring. Izzy is great. She's so wonderfully flawed as a person, but she is also really awesome. She's got a hearing issue too, which I have not read about before. And she has been in this pretty awful relationship for far too long. She feels like a fifth wheel in her family, and she just seems so lost in general. She wanders (accidentally) into a comedy club where she finds herself taking the stage and actually really enjoying it. While she's there, she meets some comedians who treat her kindly and want to show her the ropes. Of course, they are in college and Izzy lies and pretends she is too. (This is the one thing I don't love about the book- these lies always come back to bite people, why do they do it? Actually, my problem is likely less with the book and more with humanity, but that is a post for another time*.)  As the book evolves, Izzy begins to find her strength as she becomes braver behind the mic. One of my favorite aspects of the book was Izzy coming to terms with what a complete asshat her boyfriend was. Like I want to push this guy in front of a bus. (It's fine because he's fictional; faux-murder is allowed.) She's finding her agency with her current relationships, including her family.  But at the same time, she worries about her new friends finding her out, and balancing her real life with her "college comedy" life.  Bottom Line: Ultimately it's a fun, sweet story with a great character who learns quite a few life lessons along the way. 

  7. 4 out of 5

    Natalie M

    My first (but definitely not last) mature Young Adult book by author Katie Henry. I am definitely not the demographic for this book but thoroughly enjoyed the mature and insightful perspective of 16-year-old protagonist Izzy. An abusive relationship, significant insecurity, loneliness even among peers, self-worth and the broader development of relationships as a young adult are some of the issues dealt with in this witty read. Very happy to have picked this one up.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    We all know my thoughts and feelings on most contemporaries but they are over ruled by my thoughts and feelings about Katie Henry so *offers hand* gimme

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah

    To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. I got this book not expecting much. It sounded like it would be too much and I was kinda excited for a train wreck. I was so wrong. This book might have cured my reading slump. I flew through it and wanted more. I loved it so much. I really should stop judging books by the cover and maybe three lines of the description. I was so, so incredibly worried about the controlling boyfriend plot. My first boyfriend was this guy. Need To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. I got this book not expecting much. It sounded like it would be too much and I was kinda excited for a train wreck. I was so wrong. This book might have cured my reading slump. I flew through it and wanted more. I loved it so much. I really should stop judging books by the cover and maybe three lines of the description. I was so, so incredibly worried about the controlling boyfriend plot. My first boyfriend was this guy. Needed to know where I was, alienated me from my friends, would do everything he could to spin stories (like the time he punched the wall next to my face in front of all his friends, but by the end of the day I was being accosted about why I hit him). I understood how magically it can feel to be on the good end of that energy. I also know how scary it can be to be on the bad end. The way the characters reacted were amazing. The best friend who left, because she was so overwhelmed with the situation. The way an adult reacted and said that only weak people stayed in those relationships. This was me in high school at sixteen. Also me at sixteen was befriending a bunch of college students and starting to come out. I read the MC as nonbinary and I got so excited at one point when she is talking to her college BFF about what it means to be a girl and why does she does the things she does. It sounded like it was going to be the “I think I am nonbinary”, but it was a reaction to sexual harassment which is a lot less fun. The sexual harassment was a bit scary. I was afraid at how far it would go. My heart was in my throat. There was casual queer content and casual explanations of privilege. It was a social conscious book and it didn’t read like it was preaching. It was wonderful. It was very much the conversations that I had in college and how my friend group talked. It felt so real and so close to my life. I loved the jokes. I loved the friends. I loved so much about this book. The MC also had an auditory processing disorder that remained unnamed. How badass is it to have a MC that has an auditory processing disorder? I LIVED FOR HER. I got so excited and started sending everyone links for the book before I had even finished chapter two. I was already sure I was going to love it all. The weirdest part of this book to me is that around this time in my life I started going by Izy. I was starting to transition and Izy was a gender neutral name, because I was not 100% sure I was totally a guy, I knew I wasn’t a girl, but there are a lot of other options. So seeing this Izzy going through things and reading her as nonbinary made this book so close to me. I think that really added to the charm. Overall, this book is much more serious than the cover allows. I was delighted to be proven wrong about my expectations. I loved this book and I look forward to more from Henry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lacey D-Bell

    *HUGE thank you to Katie Henry for sending me an eARC!* I would argue that the synopsis of this book is a bit misleading. It is more about how the MC is making a transformation during/after an emotionally abusive relationship. The stand-up comedy does serve as a catalyst for the MC to find her voice, but it isn’t the main focus of this story. That being said, Katie Henry is my favorite YA contemporary author for several reasons: 1. She’s amazing at nuance 2. She always includes a great and diverse *HUGE thank you to Katie Henry for sending me an eARC!* I would argue that the synopsis of this book is a bit misleading. It is more about how the MC is making a transformation during/after an emotionally abusive relationship. The stand-up comedy does serve as a catalyst for the MC to find her voice, but it isn’t the main focus of this story. That being said, Katie Henry is my favorite YA contemporary author for several reasons: 1. She’s amazing at nuance 2. She always includes a great and diverse group of friends 3. She’s smart and that comes through in her writing 4. She’s freakin’ hilarious And This Will Be Funny Someday is no exception. I flew through this and ate it up like candy. I personally connected with her first two books a little more (because I very directly relate to their MCs), but this book was still a wonderful read with an excellent character growth story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    TW: controlling / emotionally abusive boyfriend Did not expect this to be a banger, HONESTLY. I guess third time is the charm with this author because I did not like her last two books at all?? This Will Be Funny Someday is about a girl named Izzy who sneaks into a club to avoid her overly controlling boyfriend one night. It turns out the club is a comedy club and Izzy accidentally ends up on stage at the mic. Izzy finds she loves the experience and at the club she meets a group of college student TW: controlling / emotionally abusive boyfriend Did not expect this to be a banger, HONESTLY. I guess third time is the charm with this author because I did not like her last two books at all?? This Will Be Funny Someday is about a girl named Izzy who sneaks into a club to avoid her overly controlling boyfriend one night. It turns out the club is a comedy club and Izzy accidentally ends up on stage at the mic. Izzy finds she loves the experience and at the club she meets a group of college students who mistake her as one of them and she just keeps up the ruse. Lying to her new friends doesn't sit right with her but she has never felt more herself than when she is practicing, writing jokes, and hanging out with them at various shows. Eventually it gets harder and harder to keep her two lives apart- her former best friend knows there is something going on and her controlling boyfriend is suspicious. Bitch this made me cry and for what!! I did not ask to feel?? This was supposed to be a hate read that I could make fun of because I hate stand up comedy. But this fucking book is so much more than that. This is a book about a girl finally learning to stand up for herself and I'm weak as HELL. I put this audiobook on last night when I was dyeing my hair so I wasn't paying too much attention but then suddenly I was like oh no I hope I don't fall. The joke is on me!!! Izzy is a character who I instantly felt for. She's felt ignored and basically unloved by her family, in the shadow of her siblings. She has a boyfriend that she loves but doesn't even realize that he is abusive. She doesn't know how to stand up for herself and through the course of the book, she learns to use her voice. To make people laugh, to tell them off, to be an absolute messy queen. I still don't like stand up comedy but honestly it wasn't that terrible, I only had second hand cringe a few times and not the whole time. I think because I had already read a book this year (that shall not be named but has "better" in the title and written by a booktuber) that had such an AWFUL stand up "comedian", this was mostly fine. Seeing Izzy and her boyfriend honestly fucked me up. We see him gaslight her, literally threaten her life "as a joke" and just be an all around controlling piece of shit. The way she just excused it because she didn't see what it really was broke my heart. It's so real and the fact that there are girls and boys and nonbinaries out there right now in such shitty relationships suCKs. Not to mention the actual nasty ass dudes in this book being gross because a girl dare wear a dress. Yes I am going to go fight men with my bare hands thank you. The friendships in this are what also made it for me. Izzy and Mo were just SO good I'm cri. This is the kind of book where it could have been, oh she falls in love with a cute boy that fixes her life but no she falls in love with something else entirely and it was beautiful. I didn't expect this book to be so feminist either but go off plsss. Almost exact same energy as This Song Will Save Your Life which was another book I enjoyed back in the day. I still don't like stand up comedy and I would like to not read any more but this slapped in ways it shouldn't.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Content Warning: (view spoiler)[Sexual assault, predation, gaslighting, bullying (hide spoiler)] Officially my favorite of the books featuring standup. I liked how unexpected this book was in so many ways. It's nice that the heroine is shy, quiet, and doesn't at all seem like the stereotype of a comic. I'm not sure if she'll stick with it ultimately, but standup helps her find her voice and confidence. Whether she loves it for life or just has it as a hobby for a while, the impact to her personal Content Warning: (view spoiler)[Sexual assault, predation, gaslighting, bullying (hide spoiler)] Officially my favorite of the books featuring standup. I liked how unexpected this book was in so many ways. It's nice that the heroine is shy, quiet, and doesn't at all seem like the stereotype of a comic. I'm not sure if she'll stick with it ultimately, but standup helps her find her voice and confidence. Whether she loves it for life or just has it as a hobby for a while, the impact to her personal journey is massive and powerful. The novel also tackles issues with toxic relationships, both with her family and her boyfriend. It's all well done, but I do warn that Izzy can be a frustrating heroine, because she lies a lot and she's also very naive and passively accepts abuse. Personally, I thought all of that felt believable for her character, except perhaps for her reaction to the comedy club man. Overall, though, I though this was excellent and a nice change of pace from the YA I typically read (obviously those are my fave, but it's nice to branch out sometimes). The audio performance was delightful as well FYI.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    One of my great literary pleasures of 2020 was discovering Katie Henry's works. Henry's young adult novels feature quirky teenage protagonists facing issues and dilemmas that most of us would struggle with as adults. The characters are all frustratingly relatable because, as readers, we can see how they could and should change themselves to make interacting with the world a bit smoother and easier. But, like all of us, they can't or aren't ready to make that change just yet. Henry's third novel T One of my great literary pleasures of 2020 was discovering Katie Henry's works. Henry's young adult novels feature quirky teenage protagonists facing issues and dilemmas that most of us would struggle with as adults. The characters are all frustratingly relatable because, as readers, we can see how they could and should change themselves to make interacting with the world a bit smoother and easier. But, like all of us, they can't or aren't ready to make that change just yet. Henry's third novel This Will Be Funny Someday may be her best offering so far, which is high praise given how much I enjoyed her first two novels. Sixteen-year-old Izzy has always felt a bit out of place. In her family, she sees herself as the odd person out when it comes to the matched pairs -- her parents and her older twin siblings. At school, Izzy is protected by her relationship with her boyfriend, though even that has come at the cost of alienating her best friend. Izzy has deep-rooted issues when it come to assigning herself value -- whether it's the (misconception) that she ruined her mother's career when her mom discovered she was pregnant with Izzy or the emotionally abusive nature of her relationship with her boyfriend. One day while hiding from her boyfriend, Izzy stumbles into a bar and an open-mic night for aspiring comedians. Using the story of how a guy her in class didn't take a Shakespeare scene seriously, Izzy stumbles into the world of comedy -- and meets some new friends along the way. These older friends (who believe Izzy is college not high school and she isn't quick to disavow them of this), begin to encourage her -- not only in the realms of comedy but also in accepting herself for who she is and speaking up for herself. And so, Izzy begins to live a double-life of sorts as she hones her set, borrowing heavily from her life for her comedy. Filled with relatable, fully realized, and wonderfully flawed characters, This Will Be Funny Someday is chock full of the best kind of teen angst out there -- teen angst that is built on characters and our relationships with them. There are multiple points in which you may want to scream at Izzy to just tell her friends or family the truth or to get far, far away from her boyfriend (this becomes even more apparent when Izzy finally comes clean with readers about how far over the line he's gone in his abuse), but Izzy (like us) frustratingly refuses to do so. This was one of the best novels I read in 2020 and I'm grateful to the publisher and Ms. Henry for the digital ARC I received on NetGalley. The only drawback here is that while many anxious readers will let to get to dive into a new Katie Henry novel next week, I will have to wait a bit longer for the pleasure of reading a new-to-me Katie Henry story. I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    I love books about shy girls being amazing and breaking out of their shells. Izzy makes a lot of mistakes and they have consequences. She also grows from those mistakes. Her storyline with her new friends and her comedy skits were so much fun. Her storyline with her boyfriend was tough but had me engaged. I didn't particularly care for the talk about privilege. I feel like a lot of people are throwing that word around especially writers in YA and it's losing all its meaning. It kind of felt the I love books about shy girls being amazing and breaking out of their shells. Izzy makes a lot of mistakes and they have consequences. She also grows from those mistakes. Her storyline with her new friends and her comedy skits were so much fun. Her storyline with her boyfriend was tough but had me engaged. I didn't particularly care for the talk about privilege. I feel like a lot of people are throwing that word around especially writers in YA and it's losing all its meaning. It kind of felt the race/ethnicities of Izzy's friends were there to just put that discussion out there and it felt a bit forced. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this. I ended up reading it all in one day. Can't wait for Henry's next book!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Rae Fong

    I really enjoy Katie Henry's books. The teens read like real teens, the parents aren't absent (and are flawed), characters learn and have personal growth, and she manages to combine serious issues with funny moments. In this case, the main character slowly recognizes the abusive relationship she's in while finding her voice through standup comedy. A solidly good read. I really enjoy Katie Henry's books. The teens read like real teens, the parents aren't absent (and are flawed), characters learn and have personal growth, and she manages to combine serious issues with funny moments. In this case, the main character slowly recognizes the abusive relationship she's in while finding her voice through standup comedy. A solidly good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Tinker

    ETA, SEPT 2020: as someone whose short-lived standup career was fueled by rage at the mediocre acts my church back home booked for youth events, i feel so Seen —————————————————— Heretics Anonymous is one of my absolute faves and I need this in my hands, in front of my eyes, stat.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Léa

    This Will be Funny Someday by Katie Henry rating: ✰ ✰ ✰.5 /✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ Thank you so much to Harper360ya for sending me this arc! This Will be Funny Someday was a book that I was so incredibly excited to read in 2021 and recieving the arc, I had to pick it up right away! This book made me laugh many times, the comedy element was one of my favourites and I was only left wanting more of Izzy’s jokes and stand up moments. Alongside the light heartedness of the comedy, several important topics were disc This Will be Funny Someday by Katie Henry rating: ✰ ✰ ✰.5 /✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ Thank you so much to Harper360ya for sending me this arc! This Will be Funny Someday was a book that I was so incredibly excited to read in 2021 and recieving the arc, I had to pick it up right away! This book made me laugh many times, the comedy element was one of my favourites and I was only left wanting more of Izzy’s jokes and stand up moments. Alongside the light heartedness of the comedy, several important topics were discussed incredibly well and sensitively. Izzy’s controlling boyfriend and the discussion of feminism and what young women experience, resonated with me massively - and I loved how Katie Henry handled such topics. It’s very much a story of understanding and coming to accept that not everybody will like you or the things you aim to achieve - and that’s okay, that’s life. I adored the elements of Izzy just wanting to be heard and seen, and resorting to stand up comedy to achieve that. With that being said, there were several things in this book that I didn’t like so much. First and foremost, the pacing for the majority of the book seemed pretty off. We were instantly thrusted into Izzy’s life at the comedy club, not seeing her progression as she learned how to perform and rather, we just saw her do it. I would’ve loved to see more of her teachings and experiencing what it was like to first perform something that can seem so daunting. Other than that, I found that her ‘friends’ within the book were being shitty in several scenes, with no justified reason. This caused arguments that could’ve been avoided massively and that is something that I personally just dislike in books. All in all, I ADORED many elements of this book and definitely recommend it to everyone if you are after a lighthearted YA Contemporary that also discusses hard hitting topics.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linzi

    I'm not sure what I expected from this - I think the bit that talked me into giving it an audible credit was the tagline: "Mrs Maisel meets YA". I loved the Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Prime and pretty much recommended to everyone who was looking for something new to watch during lockdown so I was prepared to be disappointed. But, nope - I got a lot more than I expected. It's the first of Katie Henry's books that I've read and it was a lovely surprise. It's a coming of age story that includes some r I'm not sure what I expected from this - I think the bit that talked me into giving it an audible credit was the tagline: "Mrs Maisel meets YA". I loved the Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Prime and pretty much recommended to everyone who was looking for something new to watch during lockdown so I was prepared to be disappointed. But, nope - I got a lot more than I expected. It's the first of Katie Henry's books that I've read and it was a lovely surprise. It's a coming of age story that includes some red flags on abusive boyfriends (and how to spot them) and it has Mother and Daughter book club read written all over it and yet - it was terrific. Izzy our young comedian was fresh, funny and credible. Written in the first person - which as we all know can be hit and miss on YA books - but in this one it worked well. The audio was nicely done and if you're looking for something a little bit different with some snappy humour this was a quick, engrossing palate cleanser after some recent tedious choices. It really was "Mrs Maisel meets YA"

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Isabel has always been the quiet "easy" kid of the family, a do-gooder often left alone at home. The only regular attention she gets is from her controlling boyfriend. Ironically, it's when she's trying to avoid him that she accidentally stumbles headfirst into a stand-up comedy event-- not just as a spectator, but as a performer. On stage she becomes Izzy V., far more clever and funny than the Isabel she's perceived to be. Through comedy and the new friends she makes in the scene, Izzy learns a Isabel has always been the quiet "easy" kid of the family, a do-gooder often left alone at home. The only regular attention she gets is from her controlling boyfriend. Ironically, it's when she's trying to avoid him that she accidentally stumbles headfirst into a stand-up comedy event-- not just as a spectator, but as a performer. On stage she becomes Izzy V., far more clever and funny than the Isabel she's perceived to be. Through comedy and the new friends she makes in the scene, Izzy learns a lot about the people in her life, but most of all herself. There were so many times I saw myself in Izzy, and wished I could reach out to her! I was completely wrapped up in this beautiful, humorous, and bittersweet novel of growing up and self-worth.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Gressel

    This book started off great but quickly declined into a massive amount of filler and a very predictable ending. Though I'll say with confidence that Katie Henry is a very funny person. I physically laughed countless times while reading this. This book started off great but quickly declined into a massive amount of filler and a very predictable ending. Though I'll say with confidence that Katie Henry is a very funny person. I physically laughed countless times while reading this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Alice

    Legitimately funny, but also legitimately kind of hard to read at times! (Izzy has a super controlling boyfriend and the book does not shy away from dealing with that.) Katie Henry does it again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    Probably my least favorite of Henry’s books bust still a great read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alix

    Man, this really gets into the intricacies of being in an emotionally abusive relationship and the different levels of shame and victim blaming that comes with it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steph L

    I loved this book so much!!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Someone asks if This Will Be funny Someday is good. What I think: Yes. What I say: YES. Isabel Vance is many things- a daughter of a well-known lawyer, a sister to louder-than-life twins, a girlfriend to a boy who’s very aware of his good looks and popularity- but one thing Isabel is not is funny. At least, that’s what she’s been told. At least, that’s what she believes until she accidentally signs up for an open-mic at a comedy club, where the only sentiment stronger than her own surprise is Someone asks if This Will Be funny Someday is good. What I think: Yes. What I say: YES. Isabel Vance is many things- a daughter of a well-known lawyer, a sister to louder-than-life twins, a girlfriend to a boy who’s very aware of his good looks and popularity- but one thing Isabel is not is funny. At least, that’s what she’s been told. At least, that’s what she believes until she accidentally signs up for an open-mic at a comedy club, where the only sentiment stronger than her own surprise is the feeling of being really, truly heard. This Will Be Funny Someday is a book dealing in the business of comedy, but also acceptance, friendship, and growth, and how each is invariably connected with one another. I gobbled this up in the course of a night and the in-between passing periods at school. Don’t be fooled by the 400-page count; you’ll be done in the blink of an eye and be hungry for more (Do you hear that, Katie Henry? I DEMAND A SEQUEL!). Five-Second Synopsis A girl with drained self-esteem tumbles into a world where people have to listen to her and she’s 100% there for it, fibbing her way into a new enlightened friend group and temporarily forgetting about her other tumultuous relationships- ergo, her insanely toxic boyfriend, neglectful family, and uncompromising best friend until they all come crashing to a head. Character Break-down Isabell “Izzy” Vance is composed of the emotions and awkward tendencies we’ve all displayed at some point in our lives. I would befriend this stand-up-comedy-and-horticulture nerd in a second. Like, one second. She’s witty with a dry sense of humor that occasionally borders on dad-level cringe (I’m a fan, so if you’re not taking your lame ass elsewhere). She has interests and tangent thoughts and self doubt; she wants to fit in and desires acceptance like a bona fide teenage girl. With that, though, came the actions that made me want to grab her by the shoulders and shake her hard enough to alarm Chales Richter. Isabel reminds me of Tohru Honda: love her to death, willing to sacrifice myself for her, but selfless to the point of fault. And if you don’t know who Tohru is, you’re obviously not a degenerate weeb like me, so just picture whatever earnest, sweeter-than-ice-cream character you’ve got for that comparison. Isabel is a “fixer”; she wants to help everyone, all the time, no matter the detriment it brings to herself. This mentality chafs against mine due to my abundant obnoxiousness, but I found it both refreshing and startling. Isabel wholly loses herself in the fight to make others happy- namely, her parents and her satanic hemorrhoid of a boyfriend, Alex, which leads us to the other members of this cast. Isabel's Parents They're seemingly wealthy, put together, and mostly absent. Father Vance is pretty much nonexistent. I couldn’t tell you what his job was, where he was all day, etc. Isabel focuses heavily on her mother instead- a bad ass high-profile lawyer who probably knows more about her client’s children than her own. She’s great at her job and constantly praises Isabel for “being so easy”, which is the polite way of saying “thanks for mothering yourself, Isabel. I’m glad to be free of the responsibility.” Can you imagine the impact this has on a child? To not be praised for brains or talent or even beauty, but easy behavior? It’s no wonder Isabel virtually shuts down and becomes this insanely loney, hungry girl who clings to the first person who gives her attention. The Boyfriend Unfortunately, that person is Alex, the largest of all pus-filled mouth sores, gaslighting extraordinaire, breaker of tempers and master of possessiveness, the bane to every woman’s existence. I haven’t wanted to gauge someone’s eyes out more than I did Alex’s in quite a while. From the get-go, Isabel's boyfriend is scum. The slimy, vile golf ball of residue pulled out of a sink drain, smelling of rot and too much Axe body spray. Alex doesn’t want to be with Isabel- he wants to own her. We watch as Isabel makes one excuse after another for him: that she’s the only one who can calm him down, that he’s so much better with her around, that his obsessive checking in is because he cares. Originally all I could feel was nausea, but then I realized some people might really use these sorts of “justifications” to continue what is clearly an abusive relationship to the outside onlooker. As terrible as it sounds, I needed this insight. A lot of us can’t fathom how someone could continue such a relationship, but it isn’t nearly as cut and dry as we expect; This Will Be Funny Someday demonstrates this acutely. The Cool Friend Group Upon performing her first accidental stand-up, Isabel is befriended by a group of college students who mistake her for one of them- a slip “Izzy” does not correct, assuming they’d have no interest in hanging out with a sixteen year-old like herself (can anyone say jailbait?). Two of the crew- Will and Jonah- are more or less caricatures, checking off diversity boxes and providing Isabel with crash course lessons on racism and privilege. I would’ve really loved to see more development with Jonah and Will, rather than having them just be filler. Initially I mistook Jonah as being a prospective love interest, then recalled Izzy’s age and needed to take a few showers afterwards to cleanse myself. The last and most important member of the trio is Mo, the only girl and closest comrade to Izzy, who takes her until one funny-boned wing and shows her the ropes of stand-up comedy. Mo is exuberant, and brave; she storms the stage in a manner that draws every eye, for better or worse, and leaves Izzy breathless. Add a bowtie, a quiet, hipster girlfriend, and you have the fiercest character of the whole novel. I love Mo. The ending, in regards to Izzy and Mo, was a bit of a let down; I feel like I didn’t gain the resolvement I needed, which leads me to reiterate: Give me a sequel, Henry. Development of Characters No one really experiences growth except Izzy; Mo, Jonah, and Will are exactly the same people at the end of the novel as they were in the beginning, Alex is still the human equivalent of a hangnail, and Isabel’s parents fess up to their neglectfulness but don’t really make any moves to change it. Isabel herself, however, bursts from her cocoon in great force. We watch her go from the quiet sufferer to vocalizing her feelings and standing up for herself, against opponents she never would’ve challenged a few weeks earlier. The development felt particularly organic with the pacing; she didn’t immediately grow a pair of fangs to fight off criticism or just snap to the realization Alex was a blob of snail mucus all of a sudden, but rather continued to try and find reasoning in what she once considered was love. It was bananas to me because I have no experience in such a situation, but it did give insight to someone who might. Sometimes Izzy’s reactions were explosive and that too felt realistic because by Pete Wentz’s eyeliner, could I be dramatic and overwhelmed by emotions at that age, too. I loved seeing Isabel fight back and utilize sarcasm against the man her parents and her cockalorum of a boyfriend, Alex. The transition from timid and accepting of her “place” in life to breaking the mold to live for herself was cheer-worthy, even if there were a few bumps and bruises in the narrative along the way. What I Liked I think I liked the dynamic/resolution between Isabel and her mom? I question myself because a. I thought her mom gave fucking terrible advice and was quick to victim-blame, then turned right around and played the victim in her own situation, which I despised, b. Her mom seemed mostly unbothered by her daughter knowing she didn’t want another child (Isabel herself), which, yikes, but also c. I’ve never seen a mother straight fess-up to not particularly wanting to be a mom, or rather not finding motherhood her primary calling. That...Makes sense, but maybe isn’t something you say to your daughter who feels unloved and a burden overall? Like Isabel’s Mom’s response is basically, “Oh, honey, it’s not your fault I didn’t want you.” I mean, interesting viewpoint? But maybe...I don’t know. Maybe it could’ve been handled better. I don’t think I’d necessarily feel any better knowing it isn’t my fault directly that my mom was made unhappy by my birth. (Mom, if you're reading this, please never tell me the potential truth) Horticulture Izzy’s a plant nerd. I love plants, which is why I don’t have any (RIP love fern). But I enjoyed learning about hers, and the analogies that tagged along were great. (Also, Google Cobra Lilies. You’re welcome.) Creative Set-Up. Comedy clubs are no longer exclusive to Netflix and Joker. I never thought about the origins, the before they were famous build-ups of comedians; this was a really neat peek behind the curtain, and a fun mix-up in the field of YA novels. Girl Friendships. Izzie and Mo. Isabel and Naomi, her original best friend. I loved watching their relationships change, break, and regrow, the simple friend moments a lot of books gloss over as boring. There was never a boy between Mo and Izzie, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. Privilege. Izzy is made aware (or hit over the head, multiple times) of her attractive, cis, straight, white privilege, both through lecture and action, but also experiences really asinine prejudice and sexism in her own life, though she doesn’t really vocalize it. I’d never considered the racism of stand-up and again, Henry provides some good- if not minimal- insight through her novel. When Izzy is chosen to perform at an invitation-only shindig, her friends are quick to point out she was picked for her body, not her talent, which is proven true, but holy shit, do her friends let her have it. They’re mad, and that makes sense, but their anger is misdirected at the girl who was both excited to share the news and can’t exactly help how she looks. Jonah body shames her without regard- He only invited you because you’re a pretty little white girl who gives him a great big hard-on. And I bet you know that, too.” “The rest of us have been working for almost a year at this, and what, you skip the line? Because you’ve got tits?” “Stop,” Will says. ‘I also have tits,” Mo points out. “At least you cover yours up,” Jonah says. Jonah gives a half-assed apology that he clearly doesn’t mean later, and I nailed his coffin shut. No thanks. I don’t care how upset you are- body shaming a girl who clearly suffers from low self-esteem and wears conservative clothing just to avoid this kind of criticism is no bueno in my book. I would’ve loved to have seen Jonah learn about what happened to Izzy when she cashed in that comedy invitation. I think it would have led to a really heart-felt, productive conversation, but we unfortunately didn’t get to see that. A missed opportunity if I’ve ever seen one. What Could’ve Been Better The relationships felt shallow- between Izzy and Alex, her new friends, and even her previous best friend. Their conversations felt brief, and I didn’t feel a lot of emotion or understanding of what held each group together. There was hardly any resolution with each relationship, either. You could argue this is more realistic than a drawn-out slow burn, but I would’ve liked to have seen each dynamic more fleshed out. Caricature Characters. I wanted to know more about Will and Jonah. I think we don’t because Izzie getting too close to them might be a little sketch, considering all their ages. I think if Izzie had been a graduating senior instead of just a junior, this might’ve been alleviated a little bit (or if they were all freshmen/sophomores in college, etc.). We never learn their other interests, if they have significant others, what drew them together as friends, nada. I would’ve loved to have went further in depth, but I understand this book was already capping off a pretty high page count, but SO WHAT. Shakespeare. Look, I get it. I do. He’s important. ...I just get so, so sick of him popping up in every other YA novel I read. I didn’t like him in high school, I’m not interested now. Alex, for obvious reasons. Trash. Hangnail. In-grown hair. Putrid, abusive, yellow-toothed wedge of dog vomit. I hate him. I hate him. ...Which is the point. Mission successful. This Will Be Funny Someday was exactly what I needed; funny, insightful, uncomplicated. I would suggest this for anyone desirous of a break from hard-hitters or jargon-filled classics, who enjoys a narrative without the love story agenda.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars Isabel had grown accustomed to keeping her thoughts to herself and trying not to rock the boat. As the outsider in her own family, she was always being cutoff or ignored. After stumbling into an open mic, she might have finally discovered her voice via standup comedy, but would she be able to find her way out of her tangled web of lies. This is my third Katie Henry book, and once again, it was a hit. Henry never shies away from tough topics, but she always tackles them in such a Rating: 4.5 Stars Isabel had grown accustomed to keeping her thoughts to herself and trying not to rock the boat. As the outsider in her own family, she was always being cutoff or ignored. After stumbling into an open mic, she might have finally discovered her voice via standup comedy, but would she be able to find her way out of her tangled web of lies. This is my third Katie Henry book, and once again, it was a hit. Henry never shies away from tough topics, but she always tackles them in such an interesting and thought provoking way. What stands out is that I am always left with something to think about when I finish one of Henry's books. Five things I LOVED about this book! 1. Isabel was a character I wanted to hug and go to bat for. Yes, she let a misunderstanding turn into a lie, but she never meant to hurt anyone. She just wanted to be a part of this world that had offered her an escape from her own. Because of how well Henry captured Isabel's loneliness, I forgave her poor decisions, I even cheered her on, though I knew she would have to face the consequences at some point. 2. Comedy was king in this book. It was fantastic the way Henry wove the "tutorial" through the actual open mics. From writing the set to shutting down a heckler, I got to read the how-to and see it put into action. Issues in comedy were addressed as well. I had previously read other books, where the issues women faced in comedy had been explored, but Henry went further and explored the challenges faced by comedians of color as well. 3. Friendship was also an important part of this story. Isabel had been feeling left out by her family and isolated at school, and to have these three college aged comedians welcome her into their world with open arms was a big deal. Isabel was also trying to rebuild a relationship she let crumble, and needless to say, I had my fingers crossed she could mend that bridge and any others she damaged along the way. 4. It was about finding her voice. Isabel had lost herself in an abusive relationship and trying so hard to be "the good child". Watching her rediscover herself via comedy, via this awesome group of friends was a joy for me, and reminded me that everyone needs an outlet, where they can express themselves. 5. This book explored so much and did so with a lot of heart and a touch of humor. I especially liked the way Henry tackled Isabel's romantic relationship. It's important to show both healthy and unhealthy relationships in stories. This was quite a journey! It was funny, heartfelt, and honest. It was about growing up, finding your voice, being seen, and making a place for yourself in this world. I absolutely adored meeting Isabel and cannot wait for everyone else to make her acquaintance. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    It's not hard to say which Katie Henry book is my favorite, because the answer is ALL OF THEM. That being said, This Will Be Funny Someday holds a special place in my heart because it is all about comedy. Izzy was a delightfully funny narrator, and I can't tell you how many times I was pausing to laugh at one of her observations. Whether it be about the world of stand-up comedy, her high school classmates, her family, or herself. As with any Katie Henry book, the jokes are just the icing on the It's not hard to say which Katie Henry book is my favorite, because the answer is ALL OF THEM. That being said, This Will Be Funny Someday holds a special place in my heart because it is all about comedy. Izzy was a delightfully funny narrator, and I can't tell you how many times I was pausing to laugh at one of her observations. Whether it be about the world of stand-up comedy, her high school classmates, her family, or herself. As with any Katie Henry book, the jokes are just the icing on the cake for a story about thoughtful, intelligent teens who are dealing with real-world problems and finding their place in the world. This book with stay with me for a while, and I'm very much looking forward to the author's next release, which, thankfully, is set for 2022.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gravely

    Hilarious, smart, empowering, and layered.so good!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jthbooks

    This book says on the back ‘perfect for fans of The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel’ and I knew I had to have this book, is I was very grateful when Harper360ya sent me a copy.This is such an enjoyable book. It’s got everything you could want in a in a YA contemporary novel. It’s funny, it’s moving, and it’s really well written. This Will Be Funny Someday has got fantastic characters in. I loved the main character Izzy. She was brilliant. She was instantly likeable, you wanted to her to be happy and achi This book says on the back ‘perfect for fans of The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel’ and I knew I had to have this book, is I was very grateful when Harper360ya sent me a copy.This is such an enjoyable book. It’s got everything you could want in a in a YA contemporary novel. It’s funny, it’s moving, and it’s really well written. This Will Be Funny Someday has got fantastic characters in. I loved the main character Izzy. She was brilliant. She was instantly likeable, you wanted to her to be happy and achieve all her dreams. You really felt for her at times. She’s a really complex character and I really appreciated that in a YA book. I also really loved Mo, and I really enjoyed the friendship her and Izzy had. Jonah and Will were also great. Don’t great characters just make a book brilliant?I absolutely loved the Stand-Up comedy element to this book. It’s so interesting. I loved seeing Izzy journey from the first time on stage, to working on her set and then getting more confident. I also think the stand-up was really well written. I imagine it was really hard to write but Katie pulls it off perfectly for me. The stand-up made me laugh out loud which is always a good sign. I will say this book definitely deals with some hard things, it deals with emotional abuse in a relationship, toxic relationships and sexual assault, so there’s definitely some trigger warnings for those. They are dealt with honestly and its really powerful and emotional to read. It also makes you really feel for Izzy. I also just need to point out how much I enjoyed the fact that there wasn’t a romance in this book. It was so refreshing to read Izzy finding her passion and working towards, it was super inspiring to read. It’s all about Izzy finding her voice and speaking up in every way fo her life and I really loved this aspect.I will say the only thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was all the lying Izzy did. I understand why she had to lie at the beginning, but as they continue it just becomes annoying. Especially as she is lying to her friends, and we as a reader knew how it was going to end so it was just a little bit tedious. I definitely recommend this book. It was really enjoyable, and it wasn’t like anything I’ve read before. A brilliant YA novel. Thank you to harper360ya for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out February 18th in the UK

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Thank you to Harper360YA for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sixteen-year old Isabel is used to keeping her thoughts to herself - in school where her boyfriend talks for her and at home where she is outshined by her older twin-siblings and her parents. But, when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and finds herself (albeit awkwardly) performing, the experience is rather cathartic. After the show, she meets Mo, an aspiring comic who is everything Isa Thank you to Harper360YA for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sixteen-year old Isabel is used to keeping her thoughts to herself - in school where her boyfriend talks for her and at home where she is outshined by her older twin-siblings and her parents. But, when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and finds herself (albeit awkwardly) performing, the experience is rather cathartic. After the show, she meets Mo, an aspiring comic who is everything Isabel is not. When she is invited to join the friendship group, she finds herself telling little lies to fit in better - that she’s a college student, that she goes by Izzy. As her controlling boyfriend grows suspicious of her actions, and her former best friend knows something is going on, Izzy must choose to hide either hide what she really wants and who she really is, or finally stand up for herself and embrace her newfound freedom. Izzy is a character who is incredibly relatable. I can see many of her traits in myself - namely how she is seen to be different than everyone else. She embraces bagging shirts and bottoms over tight skirts and cleavage showing tops. She’s desperate to fit in so we watch as she stammers her way into this established friendship grow - quite well, I must say. Whilst I hate people lying about who they are, I didn’t mind it in the slightest in this book. That is purely for the reason of Izzy was using the time doing stand-up as an escape. She needed time away from being shoved aside with her family, from not having friends, and from her incredibly controlling boyfriend. I truly loved the growth we got to witness through the story, how Izzy peeked out from her shell initially to being proud to step out from its shade. She is a brilliant character and one I definitely intend on revisiting. Henry’s inclusion of controlling behaviour we see from Izzy’s boyfriend, Alex, is so important. I really appreciate the care and attention she took to ensuring this important matter was not only involved heavily in the story, but that it was never taken lightly. All too often, we hear stories of one half of a relationship becoming domineering. This is not just a male issue, many females control their boyfriends too. In this story, it was the male controlling the female. It’s very important to mention the fact that Izzy’s point of view was realistic. She knew there were issues, but brushed them aside because Alex loves her - if he loves her, he wouldn’t hurt her. It’s an all too common thought-process before the irreparable damage is inflicted. Her friends could see the issues - the constant messages to see where she was - but understandably, Izzy was defensive. Surely she would see the issues herself? Henry’s involvement of such a heavy, emotional - and sadly common - issue was brilliant and perfectly handled. Overall, This Will Be Funny Someday is a hilarious and feel good story that encourages everyone and reassures you that being yourself is absolutely perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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