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The Hunger Pains: A Parody

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,703 ratings  ·  640 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
Paperback, 157 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Touchstone (first published February 1st 2012)
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Ta§chima Cullen
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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
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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
As much as I love The Hunger Games, and don't get me wrong, I LOVE The Hunger Games, there were some obvious flaws in the series. and while about 60% of this book was crass potty humor, the remaining 40% had me laughing my head off. This gets you some strange looks in science class, where you have to tell the people sitting next to you you're laughing at the corny jokes the teacher's making about tectonic plates.

Things I loved:

Kantkiss totally MOCKS the whole first-person situation. FINALLY som
Feb 01, 2012 Jessica 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 1 of 5 stars
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.
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 1 of 5 stars
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
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.

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 (
Annie Brewer
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 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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
This book was really stupid, but also really funny. I QUITE ENJOYED IT.
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.
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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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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
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
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 L ...more
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.
Aimen *Vampire Bookworm*
BWAHAHAHAHA! I love The Hunger Games and even though this one made fun of it, it was much too enjoyable!
Sigh this was really dumb...
For how this book started it wasn't too bad. If you're "team Peta" I advise that you not read this parody, unless you have a good sense of humor.

What I really enjoyed about this book was that it pointed out a few really comical angles on certain topics that I found strange in the book as well. Given the choice between Gale and Peta I would have picked Gale. This book has an entertaining way of pointing out just why that is. Gale is strong and brave and supports his family. Peta is kind of usele
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
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
Michelle Shipe
A step above the Nightlight: A Parody (Twilight). I only wanted to read this book because of how much I enjoyed The Hunger Games. This book takes the main character in The Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen and makes her character in this parody book named Kantkiss NeverClean. Kantkiss NeverClean is an unknowing uneducated in any shape or form character who does not really understand the difference between right and wrong. She does things she believes are correct but does not understand how people co ...more
Emily D
Contrary to the other reveiws on here, I don't think the Hunger Pains was that bad! The humor was a little dumb and lacking at times and we can all agree that Katniss (Kantkiss-yeah yeah, very funny) was a complete idiot- but I found it at times really funny!
Things that I liked:
-Right off the bat, I would like to acknowledge that someone actually made a parody out of this! I know if I were writing this book I would be afraid of a lot of the negativity put out there by the mega fans.
-Sense of h
The Hunger Pains by The Harvard Lampoon is, as you would expect, a parody the of the popular novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Just by looking at the cover of this book compared to the cover of The Hunger Games, you can tell how hilarious it's going to be.
The book follows Kantkiss Neverclean (note the name change compared to the protagonist of The Hunger Games name- Katniss Everdeen) who is chosen to compete in The Hunger Games, which is the second highest rated reality t.v. show in
Feb 22, 2013 Mae added it
Recommends it for: Open-minded individuals
Recommended to Mae by: An English teacher who reads a lot and has a dry sense of humour
Shelves: spin-off, read-texts
I don't read many parodies, so please bear with my thoughts on this book.
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Sophie Tse
My Review

Haha! I absolutely LOVE this book! Its one of the most funniest books I've ever read in my life! :)
I decided to read this book because I LOVE THE HUNGER GAMES. Sure its a bit old now but that doesn't change the brilliance of the original book,(i have also read the rest of the series as well) when i got the PARODY for Christmas i was like "HELL YEAH!! AM I NOT READING THIS!?!!!" 8D
This book completes the "A book written in 2011 or 2012" category on my bingo board because the book was pub
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“Nice one, Catpiss,' he says. That’s not my real name. My name is actually Kantkiss. Kantkiss Neverclean.” 5 likes
“And when I have to step in puddles, he lays himself down in the water so I can walk on his back to avoid getting wet. You know, normal friend stuff.” 5 likes
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