The Hunger Pains by The Harvard Lampoon
A Parody (Harvard Lampoon)

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The Hunger Pains is a hilarious book that I recommend for anybody.
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The hilarious instant New York Times bestseller, The Hunger Pains is a loving parody of the dystopian YA novel and film, The Hunger Games.

Winning means wealth, fame, and a life of therapy losing means death, but also fame! This is The Hunger Pains.

When Kantkiss Neverclean replaces her sister as a contestant on the Hunger Games—the second-highest-rated reality TV show in Peaceland, behind Extreme Home Makeover—she has no idea what to expect. Having lived her entire life in the telemarketing district’s worst neighborhood, the Crack, Kantkiss feels unprepared to fight to the death while simultaneously winking and looking adorable for the cameras. But when her survival rests on choosing between the dreamy hunk from home, Carol Handsomestein, or the doughy klutz, Pita Malarkey, Kantkiss discovers that the toughest conflicts may not be found on the battlefield but in her own heart . . . which is unfortunately on a battlefield.

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The Harvard Lampoon debuted in February 1876 and is the world's longest continually published humor magazine. Written by seven undergraduates and modeled on Punch, the British humor magazine, the debut issue took the Harvard campus by storm. United States President Ulysses S. Grant was advised not to read the magazine, as he would be too much “in stitches” to run the government. Harvard Lampoon alumni include comedians Conan O'Brien, Andy Borowitz, Greg Daniels, Jim Downey, Al Jean, and B.J. Novak. Lampoon alumni write and have written for Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Futurama, Late Night with David Letterman, Seinfeld, The League, NewsRadio, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and dozens of others. The Lampoon has also graduated many noted authors, such as George Plimpton, George Santayana, and John Updike.
Published February 7, 2012 by Touchstone. 178 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on Feb 25 2012

Unquestionably there is a lot of funny material in this book...

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Reviewed by MIchael Newcomer on Feb 27 2013

...will make you laugh until your stomach hurts.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin on Apr 18 2012

This parody will have fans and critics of the series laughing along with this re-imagined version.

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Reviewed by Nick A. Zaino III on Mar 25 2014

There is no one to root for in The Hunger Pains, and their comical death scenes are something to look forward to. Despite a few overplayed gags, the writers make mostly good choices throughout, including a plot twist of their own at the end, deviating from The Hunger Games for a couple of surprises.

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Reviewed by Jarron R. on Feb 27 2013

The Hunger Pains is a hilarious book that I recommend for anybody.

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