Crying Laughing

Crying Laughing

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...

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Title:Crying Laughing
Author:Lance Rubin
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Crying Laughing Reviews

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    4.5*

    I won't lie, titling a book

    is setting the bar pretty high, right? You're gonna make me laugh

    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

    4.5*

    I won't lie, titling a book 

    is setting the bar pretty high, right? You're gonna make me laugh 

    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 this book work so well for me!

    Her experiences felt so... utterly 

    . Make no mistake, the author makes us

    about Winnie's daily life, but that's what it is ultimately. A coming-of-age story about a girl who's just trying to discover who she really wants to be, in the midst of the usual struggles. She's got friendship stuff happening, romantic turmoil, and is going through a lot with her family, which we'll expand on more. She's dealing with the mundane academic expectations, finding extracurriculars that appeal, thinking of her future. Stuff that a great majority of us will certainly relate to. And through it all, she keeps her sense of humor, which is a lesson for us all tbh.

    I've read countless books with school plays, musical events, various sports, dancing, you name it. But never have I read one where comedy- let alone improv!- is a big plot point. It's awesome because it lends itself to being humorous, but it's the witty writing that drives the humor home over and over again.

    "Wait!" you exclaim. "How can this be a 

    ?!" Well, I will explain. I think it is so damn helpful to present a young woman who has some doubts about herself, who is flattered by the attention of a boy who is seemingly not a troll. A young woman who, despite the red flags that the reader can see from 

    away, sweeps them under the rug because she's enamored with the thought of being in a relationship, of being 

    . I could say this is especially important to present to the young adult audience, but I'm going to go ahead and say that this is a lesson 

    women- nay, all 

    could use to read. We're all worth more than the first random asshat who throws us a look of attraction. And I won't tell you how Winnie's story ends up, but I promise that the author handles this 

    And hot damn, it's 

    . Very honest, the whole family. They have some ups and downs, and everyone makes mistakes throughout. But at the core is a whole lot of love. And a father who has been diagnosed with ALS. This is a gut punch to the whole family, and you know what? They don't always handle it gracefully. Because they're 

    . And that is why I loved it so much, it's so honest, it's how real and actual families behave. And I am here for it.

    A heartwarming and heartbreaking story of a young woman trying to find her passions, build relationships, and cherish her family and doing it all with a healthy dose of humor.

  • Sarvenaz Tash

    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

    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 Friedman is a character you'll root for from page one and finish the book feeling like you made a (hilarious) new friend.

  • 🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕

    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.

  • Sharon Roat

    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!

  • Rec-It Rachel

    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

  • Lance Rubin

    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.)

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    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

    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 already laughed and cried. Rubin did a wonderful job blending the light and heavy in this beautiful story, which delivered quite an emotional punch.

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    • Winnie was a little spark plug. I found her witty and charming, and she did indeed, make me laugh. Her journey over the course of this book was not an easy one, but she took each lesson to heart, and learned from her mistakes, as well as, the mistakes of others. She opened her eyes a little wider, and began to see the world in a bit more detail.

    • I think I have only read one other YA book that featured improv, but not to the depth encountered in this book. Rubin really delivered an education on the art of improv, and I enjoyed learning more about it. It was also a nice parallel to how Winnie needed to begin listening more and living in the moment. She had to challenge herself to not think about her father's end, but rather, treasure the moments she still had with him.

    • When I took my adolescent psychology class, I remember discussing how this was a time in a teen's life, when they realize their parents were only human. They made mistakes and were simply mere mortals. Winnie had to face this about her father, who she sort of hero worshipped. She first had to accept, that he would probably be gone in 2 - 5 years, and then she learned some more hard truths about her parents, which she had to deal with. Rubin handled this part quite thoughtfully, and spared no emotional impact as he did so.

    • The relationship between Winnie and her father was very special. I loved seeing them interact and joke around, but I also found their deeper discussions quite touching. These two filled me with feels and brought me to tears.

    • I loved the friendship that Winnie shared with Asmaa and Leili. They had some ups and downs over the course of the story, but that only made it seem more authentic. Fletcher was also a good friend, and all three were a source of comfort and support for Winnie as she attempted to deal with her father's failing health and family situation.

    As promised, this book made me laugh and cry, but it also was a great reminder to hold onto the ones you love, while you can, to listen to each other, and to be present.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jamie

    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

    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 doubted though, because what Lance Rubin does is show the humor in the sad, and show the humanity behind the jokes. Once this book settles in (and it does, I must say, take a few chapters to get settled) it is utterly propulsive. Winnie’s relationship with her parents - a father suffering from ALS, a mother who seems like a joykill until her many shades are revealed later in the book - is so lovingly explored. Her friendships are real and earned. And the elements of romance are so delightfully sophomoric (literally - Winnie is a sophomore) and perfectly relatable for that age.

    I also found myself virtually fist bumping Rubin throughout at the subtle but unapologetic conversations about consent, and feminism, and politics. Slyly teachable moments. I see what you did there, Lance. And I dig it.

  • Catherine Tinker

    *eyes my own comedy nerd YA WIP, sweats nervously*

  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

    I'm getting an ARC! Emoji on books is so late-2000s, but I'll accept it.

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