Nov 25 2019

Blog Tour & Review: Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin

Posted by Jennifer in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Favorite Quotes, Review, Young Adult / Leave a Comment



Crying Laughing

by Lance Rubin
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: November 19th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction
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The author of Denton Little’s Deathdate gives us a tragicomic story of bad dates, bad news, bad performances, and one girl’s determination to find the funny in high school.
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 laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even . . . flirting?
Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs?
Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

Favorite Quotes

Hope this doesn’t mean I have to start packing my own lunches

We’ve been working through a rewatch of Season 1 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  Dad says Mrs. Maisel reminds him of me (which I like, even though I think it’s mainly because we’re both short, brunette, and Jewish.)

I joined because a boy I barely knew told me to.



About the Author

LANCE RUBIN is the author of Denton Little’s Deathdate and Denton Little’s Still Not Dead. He’s worked as an actor, written and performed sketch comedy (like The Lance and Ray Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre), and done a lot of improv. He’s also the co-writer, along with Joe Iconis and Jason SweetTooth Williams, of the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter. Lance lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two sons. You can follow him online at and on Twitter at @LanceRubinParty.

Review of Crying Laughing

Review (4 Stars):  Crying Laughing was a sweet tale of a young woman who uses humor to deal with the heart-breaking things in her life.  Her father has ALS and Winnie is afraid that she is going to lose him.  This story brought tears to my eyes because I lost my father this year and there are so many things that you wish that you could say or do before it is too late.  Funny, poignant story.

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