I laughed out loud fully and forcefully throughout the entire book. I also subjected anyone nearby to my obnoxious habit of reading the especially funny parts out loud. This happened often (many apologies to my husband, Steve).
Recommended to anyone who knows the difference between a "normal" and a "subnormal." Basic knowledge of rock music required to experience full laugh potential.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Publication Date: 2007-09-12
This book created the unusual reaction of simultaneous uncontrollable laughter and crying. An uncomfortable physical experience, but a revelatory literary one.
The Schwa Was Here
by Neal Shusterman
Publication Date: 2004-10-21
This is the kind of book that makes you laugh because you recognize things from your own laugh. It's sort of an "Hm!" kind of laugh.
It's about a couple of kids who are trying to transform themselves from invisible to notorious.
After being grounded for the summer, Jack's only way out of the house, and only entertainment is helping Miss Volker, the arthritic obituary writer, type her obits. At first, he is annoyed by being forced to help an old lady, but soon he learns to appreciate her, her sense of humor and her undying love for Norvelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and history.
Jack is plagued by constant nosebleeds, is terrified of dead bodies, and spends much of his time driving Miss Volker's car. There are some true laugh-out-loud moments.