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This Will Be Funny Someday

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  323 ratings  ·  102 reviews
A girl walks into a bar… then onto a stage, and up to the mic.

Sixteen-year-old Izzy is used to keeping her thoughts to herself—in school, where her boyfriend does the talking for her, and at home, where it’s impossible to compete with her older siblings and high-powered parents—but when she accidentally walks into a stand-up comedy club and performs, the experience is surp
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Katie Henry
Jul 31, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi! I’m Katie, I wrote THIS WILL BE FUNNY SOMEDAY, and I’m excited to share this story with you! It’s got friendship, a little Shakespeare, and lots of jokes.

I want to note for readers that this book depicts an emotionally abusive relationship between the protagonist and her boyfriend. While it’s not the main plot arc, it is present throughout the narrative. This may be distressing for some readers, so please keep your own well-being in mind.

I tried to write about this experience as compassiona
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love stand-up comedy. They make me laugh even when I don't want to. So to find a book which has stand-up in it? A miracle.

Isabel is so relatable as a character that it hurts. She is the odd one out in her over accomplishing family, she has a controlling boyfriend, she always keeps her thoughts to herself. Being odd one out and always hiding thoughts are seriously two traits that I most relate to. You can even say that they made me like this book. The way she handled her controlling boyfriend
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
This Will Be Funny Someday is a Young Adult Contemporary novel. It is my first book by this author.

The story takes place in Chicago. The narrator is 16 year old Isabel/Izzy (1st person POV). Isabel is in high school. She has a boyfriend who is a bit controlling. Her parents have busy jobs. So she is left on her own a lot.

I really had no idea what to expect from this book. But I enjoyed it a lot. Isabel was such an intriguing narrator.

The first thing that I found very interesting was that Isabel
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Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
my queen has done it again.

if you haven’t read a katie henry book, you really are missing out. as I say every time I review her works, she has mastered the inner thoughts, turmoils, and developing brain cells of the teenage mind. it’s hard for me to read YA contemporaries and see such authentic characters but henry never misses. her main characters particularly always have so many layers to them. she does not dumb her teenagers down, does not underestimate them, but also is not afraid to show t
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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Katie Henry has yet to disappoint me with her unique and entertaining contemporary fiction. It's no secret that I am especially picky about which contemporaries I pick, but this is the author's third hit for me, so she's firmly cemented herself as one of the few contemporary authors on my auto-buy list. This book may have actually been my favorite of hers, as I found the characters reall
Natalie M
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
My first (but definitely not last) mature Young Adult book by author Katie Henry.

I am definitely not the demographic for this book but thoroughly enjoyed the mature and insightful perspective of 16-year-old protagonist Izzy. An abusive relationship, significant insecurity, loneliness even among peers, self-worth and the broader development of relationships as a young adult are some of the issues dealt with in this witty read.

Very happy to have picked this one up.
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
We all know my thoughts and feelings on most contemporaries but they are over ruled by my thoughts and feelings about Katie Henry so *offers hand* gimme
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I got an ARC of this book.

I got this book not expecting much. It sounded like it would be too much and I was kinda excited for a train wreck. I was so wrong. This book might have cured my reading slump. I flew through it and wanted more. I loved it so much. I really should stop judging books by the cover and maybe three lines of the description.

I was so, so incredibly worried about the controlling boyfriend plot. My first boyfriend was this guy. Need
Lacey D-Bell
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
*HUGE thank you to Katie Henry for sending me an eARC!* I would argue that the synopsis of this book is a bit misleading. It is more about how the MC is making a transformation during/after an emotionally abusive relationship. The stand-up comedy does serve as a catalyst for the MC to find her voice, but it isn’t the main focus of this story.

That being said, Katie Henry is my favorite YA contemporary author for several reasons:
1. She’s amazing at nuance
2. She always includes a great and diverse
Jaye Berry
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
TW: controlling / emotionally abusive boyfriend

Did not expect this to be a banger, HONESTLY. I guess third time is the charm with this author because I did not like her last two books at all??

This Will Be Funny Someday is about a girl named Izzy who sneaks into a club to avoid her overly controlling boyfriend one night. It turns out the club is a comedy club and Izzy accidentally ends up on stage at the mic. Izzy finds she loves the experience and at the club she meets a group of college student
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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Officially my favorite of the books featuring standup. I liked how unexpected this book was in so many ways. It's nice that the heroine is shy, quiet, and doesn't at all seem like the stereotype of a comic. I'm not sure if she'll stick with it ultimately, but standup helps her find her voice and confidence. Whether she loves it for life or just has it as a hobby for a while, the impact to her personal
One of my great literary pleasures of 2020 was discovering Katie Henry's works. Henry's young adult novels feature quirky teenage protagonists facing issues and dilemmas that most of us would struggle with as adults. The characters are all frustratingly relatable because, as readers, we can see how they could and should change themselves to make interacting with the world a bit smoother and easier. But, like all of us, they can't or aren't ready to make that change just yet.

Henry's third novel T
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love books about shy girls being amazing and breaking out of their shells. Izzy makes a lot of mistakes and they have consequences. She also grows from those mistakes. Her storyline with her new friends and her comedy skits were so much fun. Her storyline with her boyfriend was tough but had me engaged. I didn't particularly care for the talk about privilege. I feel like a lot of people are throwing that word around especially writers in YA and it's losing all its meaning. It kind of felt the ...more
Brandi Rae Fong
I really enjoy Katie Henry's books. The teens read like real teens, the parents aren't absent (and are flawed), characters learn and have personal growth, and she manages to combine serious issues with funny moments. In this case, the main character slowly recognizes the abusive relationship she's in while finding her voice through standup comedy. A solidly good read. ...more
Catherine Tinker
ETA, SEPT 2020:
as someone whose short-lived standup career was fueled by rage at the mediocre acts my church back home booked for youth events, i feel so Seen


Heretics Anonymous is one of my absolute faves and I need this in my hands, in front of my eyes, stat.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it liked it
This Will be Funny Someday by Katie Henry rating: ✰ ✰ ✰.5 /✰ ✰ ✰ ✰ ✰

Thank you so much to Harper360ya for sending me this arc!

This Will be Funny Someday was a book that I was so incredibly excited to read in 2021 and recieving the arc, I had to pick it up right away! This book made me laugh many times, the comedy element was one of my favourites and I was only left wanting more of Izzy’s jokes and stand up moments. Alongside the light heartedness of the comedy, several important topics were disc
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what I expected from this - I think the bit that talked me into giving it an audible credit was the tagline: "Mrs Maisel meets YA".

I loved the Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Prime and pretty much recommended to everyone who was looking for something new to watch during lockdown so I was prepared to be disappointed. But, nope - I got a lot more than I expected. It's the first of Katie Henry's books that I've read and it was a lovely surprise.

It's a coming of age story that includes some r
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
tw// emotional abuse

this book did a beautiful job of tying in funny with serious. it was balanced out in that it was both emotional and lighthearted, all at once. i couldn’t help thinking about how fun the research for this book must’ve been - the hours spent researching how to write a joke and watching stand-up comedians, hoping for the spark of inspiration for material. i also really liked the depiction of isabel’s emotionally abusive relationship with alex. i think it may have been my very f
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Isabel has always been the quiet "easy" kid of the family, a do-gooder often left alone at home. The only regular attention she gets is from her controlling boyfriend. Ironically, it's when she's trying to avoid him that she accidentally stumbles headfirst into a stand-up comedy event-- not just as a spectator, but as a performer. On stage she becomes Izzy V., far more clever and funny than the Isabel she's perceived to be. Through comedy and the new friends she makes in the scene, Izzy learns a ...more
Brendan Gressel
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
This book started off great but quickly declined into a massive amount of filler and a very predictable ending. Though I'll say with confidence that Katie Henry is a very funny person. I physically laughed countless times while reading this. ...more
Gretchen Alice
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legitimately funny, but also legitimately kind of hard to read at times! (Izzy has a super controlling boyfriend and the book does not shy away from dealing with that.) Katie Henry does it again.
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Probably my least favorite of Henry’s books bust still a great read!
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Man, this really gets into the intricacies of being in an emotionally abusive relationship and the different levels of shame and victim blaming that comes with it.
Steph L
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much!!!!
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Someone asks if This Will Be funny Someday is good.
What I think: Yes.
What I say: YES.

Isabel Vance is many things- a daughter of a well-known lawyer, a sister to louder-than-life twins, a girlfriend to a boy who’s very aware of his good looks and popularity- but one thing Isabel is not is funny.

At least, that’s what she’s been told.
At least, that’s what she believes until she accidentally signs up for an open-mic at a comedy club, where the only sentiment stronger than her own surprise is
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Isabel had grown accustomed to keeping her thoughts to herself and trying not to rock the boat. As the outsider in her own family, she was always being cutoff or ignored. After stumbling into an open mic, she might have finally discovered her voice via standup comedy, but would she be able to find her way out of her tangled web of lies.

This is my third Katie Henry book, and once again, it was a hit. Henry never shies away from tough topics, but she always tackles them in such a
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
It's not hard to say which Katie Henry book is my favorite, because the answer is ALL OF THEM. That being said, This Will Be Funny Someday holds a special place in my heart because it is all about comedy. Izzy was a delightfully funny narrator, and I can't tell you how many times I was pausing to laugh at one of her observations. Whether it be about the world of stand-up comedy, her high school classmates, her family, or herself. As with any Katie Henry book, the jokes are just the icing on the ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, smart, empowering, and good!
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book says on the back ‘perfect for fans of The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel’ and I knew I had to have this book, is I was very grateful when Harper360ya sent me a copy.This is such an enjoyable book. It’s got everything you could want in a in a YA contemporary novel. It’s funny, it’s moving, and it’s really well written. This Will Be Funny Someday has got fantastic characters in. I loved the main character Izzy. She was brilliant. She was instantly likeable, you wanted to her to be happy and achi ...more
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