‘Kill the Boy Band’ and other darkly funny books to make you chuckle like a monster

Sometimes darker themes need to be laughed at. Things that, in a different context or looked at from a different perspective, could be considered quite tragic or terrifying. ‘Kill the Boy Band’ is one of those books that makes you giggle like you’ve done something naughty.


Because it’s funny. But gosh, it’s also quite dark. In honour of Goldy Moldavsky’s YA debut we’ve put together a list of some our favourite black comedies.

YA Black Comedies

We tried to pick a good range of themes and chuckle-value (what?) because not everyone has the same sense of humour, true?

1. ‘It’s All Your Fault’ by Paul RudnickI blame one person for this entire insane weekend: My famous cousin. Who is also my former best friend. Who I have HATED for the past four years. Who I miss like crazy. NO I DON’T!!!! IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT, HELLER HARRIGAN!!!!” 

2. ‘Dead Romantic’ by CJ Skuse – This “Frankentein-stylee” book is light, and dark, and totes outrageous. There’s a whole scene with a giant stolen fish tank. Need we say more?


3. ‘Me, Earl and the Dying Girl’ by Jesse Andrews – This is all about Greg and his attitude. Antihero to the max. And we love him.

4. ‘Hold Me Closer, Necromancer’ by Lish McBride – If not just for the title, why else? It’s an insanely easy read. Like, page-turningly easy. Tres witty and self-aware.

5. ‘Going Bovine’ by Libba Bray – This book. THIS BOOK! Sam has mad cow disease and sets off on a (hopefully life saving) road trip  “with the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome.” Yup.

6. ‘No One Else Can Have You’ by Kathleen Hale – Shh. Shhhhh. No drama llamas here plz.


Let’s just agree that the pemise of this book and the tone is wonderfully on-point for a dark comedy. And that cover!

7. ‘Kill the Boy Band’ by Goldy Moldavsky – Genuine LOLS to be had here. It’s almost jaw-dropping in where it dares to go, but still keeps it on the side of humorous. Two thumbs up.

And hey, you can get your copy of ‘Kill the Boy Band’ right here, right now!

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Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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