Summertime Punchline

Summertime Punchline

by Betty Corrello


Imprint: Avon US

Release date: 2024-10-02

Pages: 320 Pages

ISBN: 9780063329584


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HBO’s Hacks meets Carley Fortune’s Every Summer After in this second-chance romantic comedy about an up-and-coming comedian forced to return to her Jersey Shore hometown and confront everything she left behind ten summers before—including the man who broke her heart.

Then. Delfina Silva-Miller wants one thing: to leave behind Evergreen, New Jersey, and never look back. Every part of her longs for solid land, access to a Sephora, and to be free of her status as side character. Despite her adoring grandmother’s best efforts, Del can’t bear to live another moment at the whims of her deadbeat dad (so cliché) and her ever-temperamental crush, Eddie Rodriguez (humiliating). 

Now. If there’s one thing Del knows how to do, it’s spin her bad luck into a killer joke. She’s worked her way through the NYC stand-up scene, molding the unflattering and often tragic raw material of her life into comedic gold. After years of hard work, she’s finally landed a coveted spot at a huge comedy festival. But when Del loses her job, boyfriend, and apartment in the span of a few hours, she’s forced to pack her bags and return to the home she swore off at eighteen.

Del is determined not to let her history with Evergreen distract her. She has 45 days to perfect a new comedy set and march into her new life. Instead, she marches right into Eddie Rodriguez. But he’s nothing like the boy she left behind ten years ago.

As the festival draws closer, Del is faced with the terrifying possibility that everything she’s ever wanted isn’t as far away as it once seemed. 

Vividly evoking the boardwalks and beaches of the Jersey Shore, Summertime Punchline is a hilarious, vulnerable, and sweeping love story celebrating the complicated relationships—romantic and not—that impact our lives, for better or worse. 

About the author

Betty Corrello

Betty Corrello

Betty Corrello is a writer, comedian, and proud Philadelphian. Despite her hardened exterior, she is biologically 95% marshmallow. Her greatest passion is writing stories where opposites attract, but love is chosen. When she's not writing, she can be found fretting about niche historical events most have forgotten­­--or petting her very tiny dog.
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