Happy new year readers and listeners! Tonight we visit a grand fall and winter-y read with spooky Ouija parties, nerd girls uniting against the patriarchy, astronomy in abundance and, of course, the worst boy. (There’s a really excellent New Year’s Eve party in this book!) What dangers lurk when the neighbor asks us to build a time machine? Should we really read our sister’s journal? In this episode, there are several thousand words about a slumber party.
Our first (and sadly not last) appearance of the Unfortunate Transphobia Bear—it’s a couple lines, but a couple lines that would do well to be edited out in 2018.
This is a book that gets REAL about relationships with step-parents, conflict between adults and kids, and kids seeing their parents as human for the first time. We appreciate it, good to know going in.
Forward March is here!
Love, loss, and the surprising aphrodisiacs of the band locker room. That’s what the Dulaney High marching band has in store for Meghan Riggins. Like her Gram, who’s been her biggest fan since that first trombone lesson, Meghan’s always loved making music. So marching band should be easy, right? Wrong. It’s hard enough staying upright during the halftime show, avoiding the worst of the upperclassmen, or remembering the difference between a cummerbund and a dickie. But then she falls for Jonah, an adorkable fellow trombone nerd who just happens to be her best friend’s brother. Meghan may need to rethink everything she knows about herself, in and out of band, with and without her family and friends, and in and out of love. Both witty and poignant, Forward March will have you laughing, swooning, and cheering from the stands.
Find Forward March by Carey Farrell at your favorite online bookseller!
Read When the Letter Comes by Sarah Fox online for free!
Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love by MaryRose Wood
The 11:11 Wish by Kim Tomsic
The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman by Danielle Dulsky
We’re back, minus a few cup sizes! (The opposite of a lot of YA trajectories, but such is life.) Discussion Alice, I Think by Susan Juby was super fun, especially since Carey and Rie had radically different stances…that shifted over the course of the episode. Just like a good mood ring. Oh, Canada, my Canada, did we mention the fashion in this one? The small-town snark? Oh, and the moose? Wait, that’s book three.
Alice, I Think: Goodreads
Susan Juby: Website
Happy 30th Episode everybody! Our scrappy little episode enters the decade of wine, Netflix, and cats/dogs with a Hometown Read from Host Rie. Take the Staten Island Ferry and actually disembark for a tale of two ungrateful teenagers and the sweetest old man in the world. We talk high school shenanigans, kids these days, and assigned reading while lamenting the fate of the Pigman. Oops. Unless you had it as assigned reading.
The Pigman: Goodreads
Paul Zindel: Website
Oh boy. Terrible parents, elder abuse, grief, horrible 1960s zoos, casual and not-so-casual homophobia. Host Rie also rags on her hometown a bunch. It deserves it.
The Pigman's Legacy by Paul Zindel
The Pigman and Me by Paul Zindel
Shelf Discovery by Lizzie Skurnick
Chemistry by C.L. Lynch
The Salt Roads by Nalo Hopkinson
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Before Maureen Johnson was writing about supernatural serial killers in London, she was writing showtune-singing serial killers in...Amsterdam? Carey and Marie talk whimsical world-tripping adventures, slapstick comedy, terrible musicals and the boys that write them, and how, in fact, we would spend $1000 from a dead aunt. Does being an artist give you a license to be a butt? Find out within!
Grief, adults making bad decisions, teens making bad decisions, teens getting taken advantage of, sexual assault, internalized misogyny. In other words, 2005 YA in a book.