Hayli Thomson

Hayli Thomson is an author from Sydney, Australia. She writes novels about candid characters for anybody who ever watched Jo March leap a fence and longed to be her best friend. Bizarrely, during her teen years, Hayli was afflicted with a “headache” every third Monday in September, when she was left with no option but to stay home from school and watch her favourite female comedians collect Emmys live on the other side of the world.

Find Hayli on her website, or follow her on Twitter.


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    The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride
    Hayli Thomson



The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride
"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