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The Hunger Pains: A Parody

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,019 Ratings  ·  690 Reviews
The hilarious instant New York Times bestseller, The Hunger Pains is a loving parody of the dystopian YA novel and film, The Hunger Games.

Winning means wealth, fame, and a life of therapy losing means death, but also fame! This is The Hunger Pains.

When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Games—the second-highest-rated reality TV show in P
Paperback, 157 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Touchstone (first published February 1st 2012)
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Taschima Cullen
Jun 23, 2013 Taschima Cullen rated it did not like it
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I finally made it through that. It was hard to make myself read till the very end, but I managed it! I give myself props for that, and I will tell you why.

First off, this was supposed to be a parody am I not correct? Well, where is the funny? I can count the amount of times I CHUCKLED while reading this book with one of my hands. I have a sense of humor, I am not one of those readers who gets offended if someone makes a joke about a book I like, but if
Mar 26, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
*****Contains Spoliers*****

I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of The Hunger Games. Yes, it's making fun of one of the best books ever, but it had me laughing out loud. I'm glad no one was around when I was reading this because they probably would have thought I was crazy.

I loved the characters names: Kantkiss Neverclean, Effu Poorpeople, Buttitch Totalapathy, Cinnabon...

If you don't find yourself saying: "May da odds be eva in ya fava, mon," outloud at least three times with a Jamaican
Feb 01, 2012 Jessa marked it as to-read
Shelves: humor
The "Editorial Reviews" for this on Amazon crack me up :p

Editorial Reviews
"The Hunger Pains really struck a chord with me." —Kantkiss, protagonist of The Hunger Pains

"Instead of the Bible, rooms should come with a copy of The Hunger Pains." —Sheraton Hotel Memo

"This book makes me wish I'd never been shot." —Abraham Lincoln

"The book always falls through my hands, but in an undeniably funny way." —A Ghost
Mar 30, 2012 ❀~Amy~❀ rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I wanted to like this book, but sadly I found the 15 pages I have read so far completely stupid. I'm not even sure I am going to be able to read the rest of it.
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 07, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it did not like it
I absolutely HATE the Hunger Games series; I think it's overrated, stupid, badly-written and a rip-off of numerous other books. My best friend and I had a bonfire a year ago and burned all three books and some of the films that were on DVD. So I couldn't wait to read something that would make fun of my most hated series in the world. Unfortunately this parody doesn't even try. Instead of being funny, it hardly makes any sense at all, and goes so low as to fill the book with fart jokes and sex ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Hannah marked it as will-never-read
I'm afraid if I read this you will never hear the end of it.
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Nov 25, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it did not like it
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Risa
Shelves: sadie-hawkins
Oh, Harvard. What have you come to? I mean, you’re supposedly one of the best educational institutions that the United States has to offer, but if the Harvard Lampoon is the standard by which your brilliance can be measured, America has even more serious problems than I realized. The Hunger Pains is cheap capitalization off of a popular franchise, rather than a clever satire or parody of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

Of course, it is much harder to be impressed by parodies of things that I e
Mar 18, 2012 Austin rated it liked it
I find it very ironic how I thought of The Hunger Pains as a title for a parody of The Hunger Games. And now it is.
Sep 02, 2012 Selin rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-summer
Bu yorumu blogumda da bulabilirsiniz :)
Heyecanla aldığım bu kitabında bitiminde büyük bir hayal kırıklığı yaşadım. Parodilerden çok şey beklememek gerekir ama en azından komik olmalıydı,birazcık bile komik değildi. Anlayamadığım koskoca seriden çıkara çıkara bu espirileri mi çıkardı?
Komikten çok hani küçük çocukların kaka deyip gülmeleri tarzı bir mizah anlayışı vardı yazarın,açıkçası ne durumdayken yazmış merak etmedim değil,tabii elalemin ülkesinde türk kahvesi yok ki içsin ayılsın...
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Apr 23, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Haaaaaaalala, c'est bien la première fois de ma vie que je pleure dix fois de rire en lisant un livre ! Hamburger Games est une pure parodie, pleine d'anecdotes hyper amusantes, qui m'a complètement détendu ! Sincèrement, j'ai ri à pratiquement chaque page ! Il y a toujours un élément très drôle caché quelque part. C'est vraiment excellent !
L'héroïne du roman est Capriss, amoureuse d'Herpès, et elle est... Comment dire... Spéciale. Et très, très blonde (
Feb 21, 2012 Shaina rated it did not like it
Must say I was a little disappointed by this book. I read Nightlight, by The Harvard Lampoon and I loved it, it proved to be hysterical Sadly this book lacked funny. Where it seemed things were supposed to be funny they were just stupid snide things. These things are a hit or miss. Sadly for me it was a miss.
Tiernan Bertrand-Essington
Mar 17, 2012 Tiernan Bertrand-Essington rated it really liked it
I think The Hunger Pains was really well done. It's funny while at the same time not really making fun of The Hunger Games; the funny parts were just quirky twists in the plot and characters. It's nothing to be taken too seriously. I would recommend it if you can take a joke and appreciate a good laugh.
Raeleen Lemay
Mar 18, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it
This book was really stupid, but also really funny. I QUITE ENJOYED IT.
Apr 28, 2012 Lacey rated it did not like it
Sigh this was really dumb...
May 31, 2012 Kayla rated it did not like it
Maybe it's that I really enjoyed reading The Hunger Games and don't appreciate such a good book being dissed or maybe it's just that I didn't like the parody. In my opinion, this book was just awful. It was really hard to get through this book because it was just so bad. What made it bad was that the the puns weren't even funny. Rue was an infant named Run who was also a genius and an assassin, the games started off at the Cornucrapia, Pita's injury was a tiny cut on his pointer finger, Kantkiss ...more
Annie Brewer
Mar 29, 2012 Annie Brewer rated it it was amazing
So this review is gonna be shorter than normal! I normally don't read these parody books because they're stupid. But Ummmmm this book was ummm....Fucking hilarious!! I went to bed the last couple of nights with a pain in my stomach from laughing so hard. I even cried real tears!!! I probably have a sick sense of humor. But what the Hell, laughing is the best medicine! This book was genius! Seriously I loved it. The premise was the same but also different. The characters were the Freakin bomb!! T ...more
Lisa Rene
May 01, 2012 Lisa Rene rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lisa Rene by: Danielle Wallace
Juvenile Humor. There were some fairly funny parts, the names of certain characters and districts for instance. However, the main points that had been primarily parodied (the "teen- romance" aspect and Kantkiss' boycraziness especially), I feel were less the point of the original and so came across more asinine than anything else under the funhouse-scope. And actually, if we are being completely honest, disrespectful to Suzanne Collins.

This was a very quick read, less than two hundred pages. It
Aug 14, 2015 NCK rated it really liked it
cANNOT believe i enjoyed this book it was a mess
Bukhtawar Johnson
Jan 05, 2015 Bukhtawar Johnson rated it it was amazing
This book was really funny and a hilarious parody of the Hunger Games, I also love the Hunger Games so this was awesome. I suggest reading the Hunger games before reading this so it would become more understandable. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy humor.
Mar 09, 2012 Fancywaffle7 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in the dreary District 12, opening on a scene as the main character, Kantkiss Neverclean, is waking up to the sounds of a growling stomach. She explains briefly about the events that take place on Super Fun Day which just so happens to be that day.
Through-out the story the Harvard Lampoon writes witty, funny conversations and scenarios about Kantkiss and her other companions.
You start to like this version of Katniss better than the real, stuck up one from Hunger Games.
May 23, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok
The Hunger Pains: A Parody, a book written by The Harvard Lampoon, is a parody of the original book The Hunger Games. It is an attempt to make fun of every single aspect of the original book, and a pretty pathetic attempt.

First of all, the book starts out in the Crack, the ghetto-themed version of the Seam. All of the original characters have half-funny names that have been recreated to make fun of them. For example, Peeta is spelled Pita (a reference to his baker status) and Katniss's last name
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Yes, that's right! You've read the title correctly! The Harvard Lampoon has taken the book The Hunger Games and made a parody out of it. For those of you that love The Hunger Games and aren't afraid of some great humor along the way, then you will LOVE this book.

In this complete parody on literally everything associated with the Hunger Games, we find ourselves being introduced to District 12's Kantkiss Neverclean who is on her way to meet Carol Handsomestein for a little hunting practice to gain
Oct 12, 2013 Thomas rated it it was amazing
As I set this book down, it definitely was with some sadness, as I've absolutely loved reading it!

I had never heard of this book before seeing it in Mrs. Eaton's classroom the other day. After I scanned the back cover, I knew I just had to read it. Being what I like to think a pretty funny guy, I appreciate all attempts at humor and this book did not disappoint. While I was read the book sometimes, I would burst out laughing due to a funny line almost every single page!

I never would have expec
Jul 13, 2012 Lilian rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of The Hunger Games series (and yes, I read it before the movie because I'm so hipster), and when I saw The Hunger Pains: A Parody at the library-I just had to grab it off the shelf. It looked like a perfect short read (though fourteen bucks for such a tiny book baffles me.) I've read The Harvard Lampoon's Twilight parody titled Nightlight , so I had an idea of what I was getting into: ridiculousness. Imagine 5% of the original Hunger Games mixed with lame fart jokes, Saturday Night ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Catalina rated it it was ok
This book seemed to be having an internal struggle concerning whether it was trying to be clever or stupid. Though it did have the occasional redeeming moment, giving a few lines of legitimate commentary on the original book and a sparse helping of witty quips, it generally seemed to resign itself to the latter of these strategies. However, I feel as though criticizing it based on its asinine execution may be a bit unreasonable considering it’s a parody and therefore really isn’t supposed to be ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Nicole rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
This book was so bad, that if it were an option, I would give it 0 stars. I get that it's a parody and maybe I would like their Twilight parody better because I hated Twilight, but this wasn't even funny to me. First of all, their humor was bad (they called Haymitch, Buttitch for one... seriously??) and I felt the whole story was just overall crappy (but maybe that's because I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, so it kind of irks me that people would make fun of it... I guess I should have expecte ...more
May 27, 2012 Lexi rated it did not like it
The hunger pains was the WORST parody I had ever read! The names were stupid and don't even get me started with the ending. After the first 15 pages of the book, I was thinking "kill me now!". I can't believe I even made it through the entire book!! Parodies are supposed to be funny. There was nothing funny about this book, and I should know because I have a sense of humor. Also, the way their hunger games was arranged was awful! The trombone instead of the canon, the nose tapping instead of the ...more
Cj Haywood
Apr 24, 2015 Cj Haywood rated it it was amazing
“I am Kantkiss Neverclean” Kantkiss Neverclean is the main character of Hunger Pains, Yes i said Hunger Pains. Hunger Pains is a parody for the Hunger Games written by The Harvard Lampoon Kantkiss lives in district 12, the poorest district of them all, of Peaceland. She lives with her mom and her sister. Her sisters name is Prin which is short for princess. I read it, because it was the closest book to me and class was about to get out so i just grabbed it and walked out, but enough of that.
Feb 29, 2012 Erin rated it did not like it
even in the scope of parodies, this is a really terrible book. The parody jokes are thin at worst and crude at best--definitely not appropriate for the audience the original Hunger Games targeted.
Feb 07, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
The Hunger Pains was hilarious, though the humor was crude and the plot was stupid, it, in my opinion, was not a great book but so funny, and I love anything that mocks the Hunger Games.
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