Life Is Funny

[BOOKS] ✮ Life Is Funny By E.R. Frank – From the outside they're simply a group of urban teenagers But from the inside they're some of the most complex people you'll ever meet There's Eric fiercely protective of his brother Mickey but he ha From the outside they're simply a group of urban teenagers But from the inside they're some of the most complex people you'll ever meet There's Eric fiercely protective of his brother Mickey but he has a secret that holds together his past and future Sonia struggling to live the life of a good Muslim girl in a foreign America Gingerbread and Keisha who fall in love despite themselves Life Is Funny Life Is PDF/EPUB or strips away the defenses of one group of teenagers living today right now and shows their unbearably real livesFirst novelist Frank breaks new ground with a realistic lyrical novel about eleven teens in Brooklyn now Their talk is painful rough sexy funny fearful furious gentle Each chapter each vignette within a chapter builds to its own climax and the stories weave together to surprise you Booklist starred reviewAn astounding first effort Kirkus Reviews pointer review.Life Is Funny

E R Frank is the author of two highly praised novels for Atheneum America and Friction Her first novel was Life Is Funny winner of the Teen People Book Club NEXT Award for YA Fiction and was also a top ten ALA uick PickIn addition to being writer E R Frank is also a clinical social worker and psychotherapist She works with adults and adolescents and specializes in trauma.

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  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Life Is Funny
  • E.R. Frank
  • English
  • 14 March 2014
  • 9780142300831

10 thoughts on “Life Is Funny

  1. says:

    I kept notes on the eleven interrelated teens in this books set in Brooklyn each of them with one or chapters but an Excel spreadsheet might have been better For instance Gingerbread because he looks like a Gingerbread Man has ADHD takes “riddle in” has two terrific parents is in love with Keisha whose mother is dope fiend her older brother molested her and she’s protecting her niece from him Drew is Gingerbread’s next door neighbor whose father beats his mother and uses his wealth like a club Drew’s friend is Sam whose father is Drew’s father’s mechanic while Sam works as a mechanic he’s also a model to pay for college But perhaps the most interesting characters are 16 year old Eric and his 8 year old brother Mickey Their mother is a junkie but Eric would do anything for Mickey including trusting a teacher and attempting to succeed in school and later in their foster home Moniue thinks this about an assignment she’s given“The assumption that her assignment will rock our world amazed me As if our childhoods were some sort of preparation for this other valid existence As if we haven’t already learned the most educational and profound lessons just by having lived our lives”Keisha thinks about Gingerbread and all he’s brought to her life“Before the day Gingerbread first talked to me I’d a long time forgotten about laughing but the second after he said his own name right out loud I remembered again When we first started I asked why he laughed so much and he said like it ought to be plain as day Because life is funny and maybe that’s when I for real started to fall in love”

  2. says:

    CHARACTERS I would rate the characters a 5 I could imagine what each of them looked like based on how well they were described by Frank One character Drew was a mexican good looking boy had green eyes and was toned Grace was another main character was a very pretty girl with long blonde hair with fair skin I enjoyed all the eleven charters They were all believable because all the things they are going through is possible They all stay true to them selves for example Drew knew he had to do something to be true and stop lying about his mother's bruises My dad's beating the shit out of my mother Frank 71 is when Drew takes control of his dad beating his mom and calls the police who come and arrest his dad He stayed true to himself and to his mother in this instanceSETTINGThe setting would be a 4 The setting of Life is Funny is Brooklyn New York for seven years The setting is important to the story it has all the main character living within blocks of one another without them knowing each other The time passes very uickly goes forward about half a year every new chapter The setting could really be in any state as long as the characters can still be near one another Being close to other main characters really helps how they connect to one another Moniue walks with me around the little island Seagulls hassle each other over our heads Frank 113 shows that they are at the ellis island in New York PLOT The plot would have to be a 3 The story was not told is an usual order what so ever The chapters just switched to another main character and their point of view of what is happening in their own lives I could not predict the whole ending but i was able to predict of some of the characters were related The book started with a teenage girl named Ebony who saw a boy named Eric and described him as But that boy Eric he doesn't smile or slow down or anything Frank 5 Who after that spread out to Eric Grace Sam Drew Keisha China Lennette Sonia Gingerbreadand Moniue who all in some way intertwine with one another's life's and problems I loves my Gingerbread Frank 222 is how Keisha and Gingerbread are connected to one another because they start to date and love one anotherTHEMES The themes would have to be a 5 The author has many themes but the main idea is everything changes eventually you may not be able to tell right away but over time it is clear In the book Life is Funny “Time is tricky You have whole months even years when nothing changes a speck when you don’t go anywhere or do anything or think one new thought And then you can get hit with a day or an hour or half a second when so much happens it’s almost like you are born all over again into some brand new person you damn sure never expected to meet” Frank 256 The story is really about how much peoples lifes can change over the course of a couple years The title is actually something Gingerbread says to Keisha saying how life can be funny and things can happen at any time PERSONAL RESPONSE I really enjoyed this book It was different then most every other book it made it fun to read and enjoyable It also had eleven main characters instead of just one or two so it was exciting to read like elven stories all tied into one I would recommend this book to a friend since it is a great read and different It was actually recommended to me by Sabrina Llamas

  3. says:

    'Life is Funny' by ER Frank is about the lives of very diverse eleven teenagers that live in Brooklyn New York This book spans to seven years China is a girl who goes to school with her three best friends trying to break through their personal struggles Then Keisha is a girl who tries to work things out her friends and her friend's boyfriend There is Sonia a girl who is trying to be a perfect Muslim girl while adapting to life in a new country Drew is a boy who is trying to deal with life with his hot tempered abusive father hurting his lay low innocent mother Grace is a girl who is flawless and is on her way to a promising modeling career but her mother might ruin everything Moniue is a girl who is sixteen and pregnant but will her life go down when the baby's father won't help with anything? Eric is a boy who only cares about his brother and he doesn't do well at school but is an amazing drawer Molly is Moniue's sister and is trying to help her sister with the pregnancy as much as she can Ebony is a girl who tries to make herself feel better by hurting herself but will her friends convince her that hurting herself won't help before something really goes wrong? Then there is Gingerbread and Keisha who just met at school and instantly fall in love Linnette is a girl who just lost her brother and is slowly recovering but will her parents decision of adopting Eric and Mickey be the best thing at such a terrible time of mourning? 'Life is Funny' is such an amazing book because of how real Frank writes about the characters You can imagine the characters by just reading this delightful book I think this book should be for high schoolers instead of middle schoolers because of the content of this novel and the amount of swear words Frank uses When Franks writes in the eyes of Eric she uses so much improper grammar it took me twenty minutes just read two pages because of how it is follow what she is trying to get through I wouldn't recommend this book to people I know but if this book was in a series I would definitely read the books

  4. says:

    I'm not surprised Life is Funny is on the Banned Book list for many schools and some libraries seeing as how it shoves real world problems like abuse drugs self harm suicide racism and poverty straight in the reader's face and the majority of the POVs are from minorities standpoint Wouldn't want anyone developing compassion and empathy for the kids from the wrong side of the tracks now would we?

  5. says:

    A brillant YA Debut novel The interesting part is when the author weaves those characters together and allows the plot to continue to unfold

  6. says:

    This book settled right into my soul It tells the story of eleven different teenagers whose lives drape over each other to various degrees but what makes the book so captivating is that each teenager's story stands on its own and contains characters that feel real and whole facing problems that are all too prevalent in our world It's sad to think that a book about domestic violence drug abuse neglect teen pregnancy cutting poverty or foster care could be seen as contrived or overdone but I have found myself when reading some young adult novels feeling that way Somehow though this book which addresses ALL of these issues doesn't come across as too dramatic It came across as telling of what lies beneath the faces of today's teens of what goes on under the skin of the kids we think we have figured out and the surprises that would be uncovered for those we think have it together The only reason this book wasn't given five stars is because with so many different characters taking their turn speaking and telling so many individual stories I had a hard time keeping straight who was who when they were referenced in a later tale So as a novel it was hard to follow because too many threads were spun separately from each other to create a clear whole picture However I didn't much care because I enjoyed this book as a collection of vignettes or linked short stories I grew attached to certain characters and wanted to know about all of them I loved how each character had a distinct voice how the writing reflected each character's brain and language and how each character's inner strength played an integral part to the survival of not just themselves but their families A wonderful read for any teacher or parent out there

  7. says:

    This is a raw story of 11 teens in Brooklyn during a period of 11 years It deals with real problems like drugs physical and sexual abuse alcohol sex I find the book realistic but too much to be considered a read starting in middle school There is cursing but my biggest issue is with the very explicit sex scene between teens I am not a prude but this is too explicit for that age group If it wasn’t for that I’ll consider the book a good picture of today’s realities teens may face that I would not mind 12 13 year olds to read

  8. says:

    I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed this book It's not well written most of the story lines feel unfinished and the ending isn't satisfying but I couldn't put it down I would recommend this book to teenagers If you enjoy the beauty of language in books this isn't for you Read this if you love drama

  9. says:

    The book was choppy and hard to follow It left me wondering if today's kids are having to deal with as much drugs sex and violence as these characters do

  10. says:

    The book Life is funny is a pretty interesting book with an interesting format A thing about the book that I liked was the fact that all the little stories were mostly connected referencing each other even sometimes impacting each other I think that most of the little stories are pretty interesting showing what all eleven characters were living through Though the stories were mostly interesting I feel that a problem is that some of the stories of the characters were kinda unnecessary to include regardless if they were interesting An example of this is a character named SoniaSpoilers She is a Muslim who wants to be a “perfect” Muslim girl but is struggling and has fallen in love boy named Sarim when she is not supposed to Eventually Sarim takes his life and she is heartbroken and writes letters to him hoping he can see it She can’t talk about her feelings to her family because that would be shameful so she secretly goes to the counselor to talk and eventually gets to the point where she no longer needs the counselor saying she is ready to be a proper Muslim woman She gets home and finds that her brother discovered her letters she wrote to him and it stops there Sofia’s story is not continued in any way and she as far as I recall is only really mentioned once briefly in a different story Though she had an interesting story it was not at all needed due to having little to impact on any other character in the book Another big problem I had with this book is the ending I felt that it had a very anticlimactic end kinda like most of the stories ending abruptly Overall The characters were interesting most of the stories goodand though it had a fair share of things I didn't like this was a pretty good read and I did mostly like it I would recommend this to anyone who likes reading about connected stories because that is pretty much what this book is

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