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Welcome to the Pretty Funny for a Girl Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Pretty Funny for a Girl by Rebecca Elliott on
October 1st, blogs across the web are featuring original content from
Rebecca, as well as 5 chances to win the hardcover!

Two Truths and a Lie
with Rebecca Elliott

Do you remember playing this ice breaker game at school? Basically, you tell someone two truths and a lie about yourself and they have to guess which one is the lie. So, here are some facts about Haylah, my book Pretty Funny for a
Girl, and me—can you tell which ones are the lies?

  1. Two Truths and a Lie about Haylah
    a. Once when she tried to put on eyeliner, she sneezed and headbutted the mirror so hard her Mum had to take her to the ER with a concussion. b. She gave herself the nickname Pig.
    c. She secretly steals her crush’s jokes to use for her stand-up routine. 

Answer (highlight to reveal): 

C. Haylah actually secretly sends jokes to her crush Leo, who ends up using them in his stand-up. Gonna be honest here, the headbutting the mirror thing (which is mentioned in the book) is based on an incident that, well, a-hem, happened to me. But don’t tell anyone. I didn’t get concussion though. Just seriously injured my dignity.

  1. Two Truths and a Lie about Pretty Funny for a Girl
    a. Haylah gets some of her comedy bits from her four-year-old brother
    b. Nobody laughs during Haylah’s first public stand-up set. 
    c. Haylah tries to sabotage her mother’s new budding relationship

Answer (highlight to reveal): 

B. It’s a super awkward first gig for Haylah but she (thankfully) does get some laughs! Oh and as a bonus bit of info on Noah, he’s entirely based on my son Benjy who was four when I started writing Pretty Funny for a Girl, and I basically wrote down everything he said and used a lot of it in the book. He’s one of the funniest people I know!

  1. Two Truths and a Lie about me
    a. I used to do stand-up comedy before I became an author. 
    b. This is my first YA novel.
    c. I have a comedy podcast that I co-host with a comedian. 

Answer (highlight to reveal): 

A. I would never have the guts to stand up on stage like my BFF Kirsty Hudson (the comedian with whom I cos-host my podcast) does, I just think it’s one of the bravest things, but as a teenager I did used to want to be a sketch comedian and wrote (really terrible) comedy sketches! I do write some of my friend’s stand-up lines though and nothing beats the high when I go to one of her gigs and it gets a laugh!

Blog Tour Schedule:

10/5 – BookhoundsYA
10/6 – Good Choice Reading
10/7 – Word Spelunking
10/8 – I’m All Booked Up
10/9 – The Fandom

“A feel-good story featuring a narrator who’s likable and genuinely funny, even at her most self-deprecating. Dreams, being true to oneself, body-image issues, single parenting, family dynamics, self-confidence, and a realistic
depiction of friendship make this a refreshing coming-of-age read full of optimism, dreams, and plenty of stereotype-smashing laughs. A natural pick for Dumplin’ (2015) fans.”

— Booklist

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Excerpt | Discussion Guide

A candid and laugh-out-loud journey of family, friends, and fierce mistakes.

Haylah Swinton is an ace best friend, a loving daughter, and an incredibly
patient sister to a four-year-old nutcase of a brother. Best of all, she’s pretty
confident she’s mastered making light of every situation—from her mom’s new boyfriend to unsolicited remarks on her plus-sized figure. Haylah’s learning to embrace all of her curvy parts and, besides, she has a secret: one day, she’ll be a stand-up comedian star.

So when impossibly cool and thirstalicious Leo reveals he’s also into comedy, Haylah jumps at the chance to ghost-write his sets. But is Leo as interested in returning the favor? Even though her friends warn her of Leo’s intentions, Haylah’s not ready to listen—and she might just be digging herself deeper toward heartbreak. If Haylah’s ever going to step into the spotlight, first she’ll need to find the confidence to put herself out there and strut like the boss she really is.

Rebecca Elliott’s hilarious and authentic narrative voice is sure to capture
readers’ hearts as her plus-sized, teenage heroine navigates learning to love the body she’s in while dealing with friends, family, and boys.

About the Author: Rebecca Elliott is an author and illustrator. She
earned a degree in philosophy and once did a brief stint in a dull office.
Now, she enjoys eating angel delight, loudly venting on a drum kit, and
spending time in her sunny garden. She lives in England with her family,
some chickens, and a cat named Bernard.

Follow Rebecca: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


  • 1 winner will receive a finished copy of Pretty Funny for a Girl
  • Check out the other tour stops for more chances to win.
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  • Ends 11:59pm ET on 10/18
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By Nat, the Geek Girl

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