The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride

Taylor Parker isn’t out yet, but she’s keeping an even bigger secret: she entered a sketch contest where the grand prize is an internship at SNL.

When Taylor applied to this opportunity for marginalized writers, she checked the “LGBTQ” box on the application without really thinking about it. But now that she’s a finalist, she realizes she’ll need to be out to win. Whether she’s ready or not.

In the month leading up to the competition results, Taylor befriends Charlotte Grey, whom Taylor’s had a crush on for years. As they spend more time together, they realize they’re genuinely falling for each other—and while Charlotte is willing to take it slow, Taylor doesn’t want to ask her to keep their relationship secret forever. Taylor just hopes she can muster the courage to come out before all her secrets do.


"Taylor is genuinely appealing, a distinct narrator whose showmanship is funny and whose love of stand-up and sketch writing comes across as a true passion [...] A charmer with hidden depth."


"Thomson’s laugh-out-loud debut, buoyed by the teens’ heartwarming romance and Taylor’s sardonic, aspiring-comic voice, deftly intertwines the sometimes conflicting paths to chasing one’s dreams and being oneself."

Publishers Weekly

"[A] charming romance and heartwarming coming out journey. Taylor's humor and witty one-liners make for many laugh-out-loud moments."

School Library Journal

"[A]n engaging, heartwarming story with plenty of nuanced characters [...] Once readers get a peek into the layers of Taylor's relationships with her friends and family, they will be won over."

School Library Connection

"A protagonist readers will truly want to watch grow up and come into her own"


"A celebration of funny women throughout the ages [...] light-hearted and littered with one-liners, lesbian longing and deadpan delivery of funny misinformation"

Books + Publishing (Australia)

“The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride is witty and charming and real. With snappy dialogue and a sassy but loveable leading lady, it’s guaranteed to brighten your day.”

Tobias Madden, author of Anything But Fine

“This book has everything I love in YA contemporary books: family struggles, a beautiful queer love story, and tremendously hilarious writing.”

Jamie Pacton, author of Lucky Girl

"Punchy, raw, and laugh-out-loud funny with a compelling voice and a vibrant cast of characters, Hayli Thomson perfectly captures the highs and lows of teenage self-discovery.”

Skye Quinlan, author of Forward March