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Crying Laughing

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she's hilarious.

It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration.

Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually
Published November 19th 2019 by Knopf
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Lance Rubin
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book. I am really proud of it, and I hope you enjoy. (This review is actually 4.5 stars but I rounded up to 5 because I wrote it.)
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
I'm getting an ARC! Emoji on books is so late-2000s, but I'll accept it.
Laugh out loud funny, witty and has an all encompassing warm fuzzy feeling to it from the very first page, to the last goodbye. Absolutely 5/5 stars for being he new comedic read of the century.
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This should have been a great year for Winnie. She had her two best friends at her side, a cute older boy was showing interest in her, and she was going to attempt performing again, but then, things started to unravel. Friend drama, boy drama, epic comedy fails, and worst of all, her father's ALS diagnosis had Winnie wondering where she could find any humor in her life, but with love, and yes, comedy, Winnie was able to find her way.

I think my first update for this book was about how I had
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


I won't lie, titling a bookCrying Laughing is setting the bar pretty high, right? You're gonna make me laughand cry, book? You promise? Well, it definitely didn't lie, because I absolutely genuinely did both. It starts out mostly funny- but I assure you there are tears, and not just our main girl Winnie's. I shed a few myself by the end, no question. So let us talk about what made
Sarvenaz Tash
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a love letter to comedy even (and especially) in the most trying times and it succeeds on every level. I was in awe of how easy it was to get swept up in the highs and lows of Winnie's performances--not an easy feat for a book to accomplish, but this one 100% does. It's also the most aptly titled book ever as there are genuine, laugh-out-loud moments layered over a complex story of a devastating diagnosis and its profound effect on a family's dynamics. Most importantly, Winnie ...more
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley and Knopf for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

Okay but seriously I was not expecting this book to hit me the way it did, and wow. Sometimes part of me forgets that contemporary characters can go through some difficult things in their life, not just
Sharon Roat
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful story... with heartbreaking and heartwarming insights into the issues and emotions surrounding an ALS diagnosis, and some delightful improv scenes. Winnie and her friends and improv troupe-mates make for a wonderful and rich cast of characters. Also Winnie's mom and dad. I'm adding Russ and Dana to my list of favorite YA parents. Put this one on your pre-order list... it comes out in November 2019!
Catherine Tinker
*eyes my own comedy nerd YA WIP, sweats nervously*
Rec-It Rachel
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
as advertised

i cried
i laughed
i laughed while crying

ya is really that time where you're discovering yourself but theres that extra element in this where it's a rediscovery of people you've known your whole life (ie parents) now that you process complex information differently
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
It takes some guts to write a book about a funny person. Even more guts to have that funny person join an improv troupe - how do you make written improv funny? And even more gutsy, to then write that character bomb as often as they kill. While DENTON LITTLE was truly laugh out loud funny to me, every giggle was a surprise; for CRYING LAUGHING I went in worried, tense that being told I’m supposed to find Winnie Friedman funny would inadvertently make it hard for me to laugh.

I shouldn’t have
Brandi Collins
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story very much. Winnie is such a likable character because she seems real to me. She's a 15-year-old girl trying to navigate her family issues, friendship evolutions, and love life problems while trying to keep her sense of humor during her sophomore year of high school. High school alone is a good reason to need a sense of humor even without all the issues Winnie must deal with, especially her father's medical crisis. While reading the story, I wanted to jump into the pages and ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It took me a while to get into this one but I did quite enjoy it at the end. For whatever reason all the references really jumped out at me and made it hard for me to stay in the world and I wasn't necessarily laughing at any of the comedy. But the scene in Chili's and the resulting scenes really moved me.

Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Children's, and Lance Rubin for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

ugh! this book!

admittedly, i was sad that there would be no more denton little but of course, it's very unfair to hold an author (or any artist really) to any of their past projects when they obviously have so much more to give and in this case it was proven because LR did not let me down!!!!

life works in such a funny way because i just finished watching "youre the worst" and in that, Edgar joins improv, and i feel like watching that set it up to where i was able to understand this
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I read this charming, laugh out loud book as part of a Bookstagram/Blog tour for The Fantastic Flying Book Club and I'm so happy I did! Real quick I want to comment on the cover of the book, because although it is fairly simply, it really gets the point across and I think it's so fitting for a YA novel because just about every teenager uses emojis. Okay, back to the actual story. Rubin could not have picked a better title for this book, Crying Laughing, because the majority of the time I spent ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If we couldn't get more of Denton Little, at least we have Winnie Friedman. Cleverly written story about comedy without being forced and corny -- quite an achievement. Makes me want to start an improv club for my students!

Even though I know a bat mitzvah is for girls and a bar mitzvah is for boys, and the reader is told about the character's bat mitzvah, I still found myself [pleasantly]
Emma Katherine
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Read my full review here:

Opinions: All in all, Crying Laughing was a thematic but undesirable read. Firstly, while the situation was realistic, the characters were not. Winnie's parents treat Winnie like a friend, chatting casually and apologising needlessly; two things most (but not all) parents do not do with their children. To add on to this, Winnie was also an anxious, forgetful, talentless American teenager who forgets the Pledge of Allegiance. Her
Thank you to Knopf Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review.

I wanted to read this book because the main character, Winnie, loves comedy and so do I. I was drawn in by comedy being the focus of the novel, which I’ve never seen before in YA. Comedy is extremely subjective and incredibly difficult to be successful in. Lance Rubin does a good job meshing comedy, some of the realities of comedy, and the life of a 15-year-old all together.

I wasn’t cracking up or anything
Lizz Axnick
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh and cry. Good title!

Winnie Freidman knows she is funny. She is waiting for the rest of the world to discover this fact. When she gets asked to join her high school's Improve Troupe, she is both excited and terrified. Winnie and her dad have a great relationship. They banter back and forth, playing off each other as seamlessly as Abbott and Costello or Tina Fey and Amy Pohler.

Winnie's world is drastically rocked by her father's ALS diagnosis and rapidly progressing
Aaron Holsberg
What a gem of a book! I found it engaging, smart, thoughtful, and wise. Winnie Friedman, the endearing 15-year-old narrator, is a funny but shy teen trying to find her voice and navigate flirtations and changing friends, when she’s hit by a bombshell. Winnie’s beloved Dad, the parent she’s closest to, receives a grim diagnosis, upending her family life, as she learns that parents are also people, and that they can be complex, confusing, flawed and scared.

At the same time, Winnie, encouraged by
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin is a heartfelt tale about friendship, family struggles, and performing. Some of the points I really like about this book are that there is a strong sense of friendship. Winnie struggles with keeping her friendships with her friends, and with becoming friends with other people in her club. Also, she struggles to stay strong, and to keep her family together when she finds out about her father's condition. Furthermore, this book shows Winnie at her greatest, and worst ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC!

I don't personally know anyone with ALS, but this book hit so close to home for me, living with a completely different disease of my own. The effect that Winnie's dad's diagnosis had on the family broke my heart, and I loved getting to see how they all supported each other along the way. I actually never expected to be too into the humor in this book, maybe the occasional laugh here and there, but I ended up enjoying this so much, especially
Katelyn Spedden
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best part about this book is the fact that Lance Rubin perfectly captures the teenage voice of his characters. You experience everything along with them and everything is so well written that you feel what they do. There is such second hand embarrassment for Winnie at times that it reminded me of the Scotts Tots episode of The Office, but it’s not just that. I cared about everyone in the book and maybe because I’m a little older HATED Evan because I knew he was going to be a jerky teenage ...more
Katelyn Spedden
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* I received a free ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest Review*

The best part about this book is the fact that Lance Rubin perfectly captures the teenage voice of his characters. You experience everything along with them and everything is so well written that you feel what they do. There is such second hand embarrassment for Winnie at times that it reminded me of the Scotts Tots episode of The Office, but it’s not just that. I cared about everyone in the book and maybe because I’m a
Winnie is your typical teenager dealing with typical teenager things until one thing becomes anything but typical, her father’s diagnosis with ALS. The title is fitting. They story flows very well between the typical funny teenager issues and the less than funny, heartbreaking reality, having to accept her dad’s heartbreaking diagnosis. The main character is obsessed with comedy and tries her hand at improv, following the sin the steps of her comedic heroes. While she steps into the unknown she ...more
Caleigh Plunkett
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crying Laughing was an incredible emotional ride, with some of the most real emotions that I've ever gotten from a YA novel. The protagonist, Winnie is an intelligent, likeable girl who goes through so many of the highs and lows of life that most people have to go through - but she's forced to go through them all in a very short period of time. There's also a ton of representation for all sorts of different humans throughout the book. Definitely recommend!!
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

An emotional journey with Winnie through friend drama, boyfriend stuff, and her dad's diagnosis of ALS. There are some fun moments, and there's some humor, along with lots of honest emotions. I loved the ways the improv troupe backed Winnie up. Great wrap up of the story. (Language, LGBTQ+)
Stephanie Lennon
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This title could not be more accurate! This book will have you crying AND laughing! So painfully relatable and hilarious and heartbreaking. A fast-paced read that will keep you from doing productive things like going to the gym or doing chores around the house. It will make your heart all warm and fuzzy. :)
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh, oh, how I loved this book. It is laugh-out-loud funny and tender and heartbreaking and life-affirming and real, and best of all, infused with so much love and heart that reading it feels like a hug. So many perfect author choices I'd like to comment on but I don't want to spoil anything! Big five stars, huge recommend.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hate the cover, but really liked the book and the narrator. Although I cared about most of the bigger characters in the book, Evan was just unlikeable and I found it hard to keep reading earlier in the story just because he irritated me so much.
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Hey there, I'm Lance Rubin.

I wrote the DENTON LITTLE series (now a Snapchat original series) and CRYING LAUGHING, coming in November 2019.

I also co-wrote THE LOST CAUSES OF BLEAK CREEK with Rhett & Link and the musical BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER with Joe Iconis & Jason SweetTooth Williams.

I'm from New Jersey. It's a way better state than people give it credit for. I went to Brown