The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride

Hayli Thomson

The Comedienne's Guide to Pride
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The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride

Hayli Thomson

Wicked funny and hella gay, it’s time for Taylor Parker to come out about a lot of things.      

When Taylor is accepted as a finalist for a diverse writers' internship at Saturday Night Live, it turns her life upside down. And if Taylor wants a shot at winning, she’ll have to come out about both of her secrets: she wants to be a comedian … and she’s a lesbian.    

The only thing keeping Taylor from self-combusting is her pining for Salem’s most bewitching actress - out and proud classmate, Charlotte Grey. So when Taylor finds herself sitting opposite Charlotte to discuss a school project, Taylor’s simmering need to tell everyone exactly who she is and what she wants burns hotter than ever …   

From Australian author Hayli Thomson comes a deeply relatable and hilarious queer rom-com about coming out as funny and gay.   


‘Witty and charming and real’  - Tobias Madden   

‘A beautiful queer love story’  - Jamie Pacton   

‘Punchy, raw, and laugh-out-loud funny’  - Skye Quinlan   

‘Hayli Thomson’s debut is ideal for readers who are after something light-hearted and littered with one-liners, lesbian longing and deadpan delivery of funny misinformation’  - Books + Publishing


Taylor Parker has a secret. Well, two secrets. She’s a finalist for a diverse writers internship at Saturday Night Live – yes, THE Saturday Night Live in New York City – and she’s a lesbian. Now she has fewer than two months – until Christmas – to come out to her friends and family. She channels her angst into not-so-subtly pining for the hottest girl in Salem, Charlotte Grey, and into her once-weekly improv classes at the community centre. But as Taylor’s secrets pile up, she finds herself struggling more and more to connect with the people in her life.

The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride is about loving yourself unflinchingly and unconditionally. It’s about celebrating all the weird, quirky, ridiculous things that make us who we are, even when it feels like the world is forcing the closet door closed. I connected with Taylor’s snarky, offbeat humour and I loved the way she didn’t do anything halfway.

I also loved the way author Hayli Thomson gave Taylor the room to make mistakes and grow. Taylor has her misconceptions about sexuality and life challenged multiple times and, like every teenager, she is convinced she knows everything – until she discovers all the things she had yet to learn. And in giving Taylor the space to make those discoveries, Thomson gives everyone reading this book the same space to make their discoveries with grace and, of course, humour. For ages 15+.

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