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Jacky Ha-Ha

(Jacky Ha-Ha #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  2,466 ratings  ·  346 reviews
In his new middle grade novel that debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, James Patterson introduces his hilarious new heroine, Jacky Ha-Ha, a class clown who makes people laugh with her so they can't laugh at her.

With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation--even when she really, really shouldn't--twelve-year-old Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make peo
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 21st 2016 by jimmy patterson
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Jennifer Hafey Yes. This is a kids book. Seems to be at around a 4th-6th grade reading level.
Alex Ferguson yes, this is by the same author, and is meant to be another version of ifunny.

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Cristina Monica
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jacky is an amazingly funny and hot celebrity, and she’s looking back to her childhood period to show us how she overcame many obstacles and precarious situations to become the insanely talented actor she is today.

What I liked about this book the most was the atmosphere. It really feels like today Jacky is telling a long story about her misadventures when she was a kid. She has six other siblings so things at home and school are always a little over-the-top.

She herself is a performer 24/7. Her m
Suzanne the Bookaholic and Proud
I have to say, even though this book is for kids/teens, I enjoy reading them myself, sometimes better than reading grown up stuff,
Jacky ha-ha is just brilliant, we have all been there as kids, trying to impress other people and friends and family, trying to crack jokes at the teachers and then getting told off for it, but it made other people smile and everybody knew your name, even if it was a nickname,
Jimmy Patterson books are just right for kids even though it might give them more ideas, li
I liked this book because it has some very interesting adventures about a girl around my age. This story line shows a lot of variation in this girl's life. The story never gets boring, and always has something new and very unique. The story of a class clown who tries to be serious has many twists, but ends up with a happy resolution. I recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction and comedy. I really liked this book and I think a lot of other people will too. This author is very talented and ...more
Eva Najeh
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, own
3.5 , that was fun and quick read .
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
omg I love this book it is so amazing and cute I also got it in Arizona which is totally my favorite state
Pride :)
Apr 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing.If you someone looking for a joke book or something to laugh about,the best thing to read is probably Jacky Ha-Ha.This story tells about a 12 year-old girl named Jacqueline (Jacky for short) being a prankster.She's always trying to be happy,even though her Mom is serving out in the war or that her Dad's hardly ever home,leaving her and her 6 sisters alone a lot.And then,there's times when you just get embarrassed.So,in conclusion,if you want to ready something fun ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Humor abounds in this book, which allows readers to get to know Jacky, a character originally introduced in Patterson's I, Funny books. The book starts with us meeting Jacky as an adult and riding in a limousine to the Oscars, where she is up for a best actress award. She is writing the story to share with her daughters how she found herself in the entertainment and humor business. The story brings readers back to her middle school years.

At that time, she was an average, bright tween, though she
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Caleb Roberts
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
James Patterson has done it again with another outstanding book! I absolutely loved the book. It was all about Jacky telling her two daughters about her best year of middle school and overcoming obstacles like, her speech disorder, fear to be a public speaker/actor, school troubles, and a possible parent separation problem?! All with a side of hilarious descriptions and illustration.

I enjoyed the book but there were some problems in my opinion. For example,there was a lot of drama for a book mai
Terri Lynn
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fiction
I really enjoyed this children's book by James Patterson. Set in the early 1990's, Jacky is a girl in a family of 7 girls ranging in age from age 5 to 19. Their mother is a marine in Saudi Arabia involved in the war and their dad is a New Jersey lifeguard. He is never home so the girls have to look after each other.The oldest one is in college. Jacky is angry that dad is always out all night cruising around in a convertible with the beautiful female lifeguard he works with plus she is getting in ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
By the cover alone, I thought maybe Jacky Ha-Ha would be similar to Mr. Patterson's Middle School series, but this title is the complete opposite. Yes, this story is centered on a young character and there are several jokes tossed about, but it's more of a coming-of-age story about a middle-child adjusting to life without her mother (Don't worry the mother isn't dead!), while at the same time she is trying to find her true self.

Overall, Jacky Ha-Ha is a cleverly written book that should easily a
Sheila Beaumont
Chris Grabenstein has done it again! This fun novel, with its likable 12-year-old class clown of a heroine, is an entertaining read for both kids and adults. Co-written with James Patterson, this book, set in 1990, is a page-turner, with great characters, an excellent plot, and plenty of humor. I loved the portrayal of Jacky's family (she has six sisters, a mother serving with the Marines in the Gulf War, a father who works as a lifeguard, and a dog named Sandfleas). I also especially enjoyed re ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unbelievable, this book could get some tears from my eyes. By the cover, I thought Jacky Ha-Ha was just the joking book but it is not. This book isn't just a funny book, cracking jokes or ridiculous story, but it was a nice story about the relationship of the family and the story of a girl’s brave who does not give up, but she tries to do and do it till succeeding.
What the Fluff
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
This was a very nice book. Even though I am a little too old by a few years to actually have read this (even though I did), it is still inspiring to me and unlike any other James Patterson's "Jimmy" book he has ever written. It is most similar to Patterson's series, I Funny.
Was good, cute and funny but had a very meaningful theme.
Winter Sophia Rose
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny, Heartfelt, Realistic, Touching & Inspiring! A Great Read! I Loved It! ...more
Millie Hodgson
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is amazing I couldn't stop reading
Eddie Shelby
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s a great book, really funny, but also sad.
Elizabeth Flynn
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book I read this week was Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson. Jacky Ha Ha is an outstanding and extraordinarily novel that James Patterson wrote. Jacky Hart is a 12-year-old girl who lives at the Jersey shore. In this book Jacky is the queen of laughter. She got the nickname Jacky Ha Ha from the people in her class when she was little and the kids were laughing at her, now she is trying to get people to laugh with her but not at her. I think that the writing in this book is very funny and humoro ...more
Jennifer Hafey
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ugh. Middle school is tough. The Jimmy Patterson book "Jacky Ha-Ha" is about a 12 year old girl named Jacky. She has a stutter and has worked hard to be the class clown. It is better to have everybody laugh "with" you than "at" you, right? Her mother is a Marine and away at war. Her father is never home. Jacky spends the entire book trying to laugh away her problems even when she has to step outside of her comfort-zone and when she is crying herself to sleep at night.

Coming from a military fa
Rachel Marie
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jacky-Ha-Ha Book Review Jacky-Ha-Ha is the story of a funny, sarcastic young girl trying to get through middle school. It's a book that is sure to make children laugh out loud but at the same time feel for what the character is going through. 
Jacky has a stutter but she hides it by being the class clown. When she gets one to many detentions for her jokes she is being forced to take part in the school Charlie Brown play. With her mom in the army and her dad never and being one of six sisters Jac
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, middle-grade
This book has potential, but there are just a few issues I can't look past:
1. Jacky Ha-Ha is neither funny nor does she act like a seventh grader. These are two things she supposedly is so you can see how this is problematic.
2. One of Jacky's six sisters is described as being "pleasantly plump" and the majority of her dialogue is food-related. Even in serious moments, her main concern is when her next snack is. Coming from two male authors, I find this ridiculous and completely unnecessary.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it

this book was so, so, so much better than I expected! I went through all the emotions: I laughed, cried, laughed again, and cried AGAIN. it had the perfect balance of funny/happy moments and heart-breaking ones. it talks about family, trust, friendship, and the importance of being yourself while also being incredibly ridiculous (but in a good way ha-ha). woah unintentional bad pun alert!!

I loved seeing Jacky grow as a character! the book went by REALLY quickly, but somehow her character arc w
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The last adult book by Patterson I read, I didn't like. I read Maximum Ride years ago...and didn't like that either.

Then, why did I decide to read this book? A glutton for punishment I assumed. I went into this with no expectations at all. None. Zip. Zero. I thought I was going to get ten pages in and be "I'm DONE".

But no! I was pleasantly surprised. I liked this book! I was amused by it! And was rooting for Jacky the whole way. But Jacky has a great voice, and she feels like she could actuall
Robin Kempf
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I read the two books in this series in reverse order, and I have to say the first was much better than the second. The main character, Jacky, took on interesting problems in her life, and she showed resilience in doing so. The storyline clearly reflected a 12-year-old mindset and demonstrated that the girl had things to learn about life, albeit the narrator is looking back at her 12-year-old self with some level of maturity and an eye towards drawing lessons for her own children from her experie ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Jackie Ha Ha is told in the first person from the point of a mother to her children about her own teenhood. She admits to some outrageous behavior but in general presents her life as an upward spiral. At one point the teen Jackie compares one of her choices to broccoli and literature - in other word: not much fun. I felt like the book was borderline broccoli. A little too healthy, even preachy. It definitely would not appeal to boys.

I also question the trend to dual authorship. Did James Patters
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book for middle schoolers. It is a fast read as it has lots of pictures and it is fast paced so it's sure to keep your attention. The main character is learning to navigate life as the class clown while her mother is fighting overseas and her father seems to be up to no good - leaving Jacky and her many sisters to fend for themselves. Eventually, Jacky finds herself facing a decision between facing the consequences of her behavior or performing in the school play - What's a ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I usually like books by Patterson, but I mostly just found this to be a dull stream of consciousness from a middle school prankster. Jacky Hart gets herself into a lot of trouble because her mouth is missing a filter and to get out of the month of detentions she has racked up, she agrees to audition for the school musical; You're a good man Charlie Brown. She gets a part as Snoopy, and suspects her dad is having an affair. Won't tell you what happens but will tell you that it comes to a satisfac ...more
Great fun for readers of all ages

I have always been an avid reader and when I had children it was a family time. I always read to them and when they started to learn to read it was their turn to read to the rest of us. I've always monitored the books they read and when they became interested in a book or new author, I would get the books for myself. There should never be a child that doesn't have access to books. It helps with their vocabulary, spelling and imagination.
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