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Love YA Like Crazy

Welcome to Love YA Like Crazy, a series in which Carrie and Jake read and discuss young adult books. Spoilers and swearing abound!
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Aug 7, 2016

Carrie and Jake read the new Harry Potter book/play, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', and they have thoughts! In this, our first (and possibly only) HOT TAKE SPECIAL, we let you know what they are.

There's definitely a lot of spoilers, so you might want to read the book first! We also struggle with technology (unfortunately, the audio quality of a big chunk of this episode is not up to our usual standards), have some feels, talk about 'It's A Wonderful Life', and make a feminist point about how hot Donna Reed is.

In the next episode, we'll be discussing Jesse Andrews's 2016 book 'The Haters'.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod, or email us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

This episode features Jake's song 'Blue Yodel #∞ (T for T-Rex)', which you can listen to and purchase from https://jacobhaller.bandcamp.com/track/blue-yodel-t-for-t-rex .

 

Jul 24, 2016

For this episode, Carrie and Jake revisit Philip Pullman's excellent 'His Dark Materials' series by reading book 2 in that series, 'The Subtle Knife'. We also announce a contest to win copies of 'Awoken' and 'Vampire Diaries', signed by us! Details can be found at 45:41 in this episode, or on our goodreads page.

Jake also gets the theme to a 90s movie stuck in his head, Carrie is right about a bunch of things, and we talk about our daemons. Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening!

An extremely rough and approximate transcript of this episode can be found at https://www.popuparchive.com/collections/10441/items/134030 . We will try to improve it, as time allows. If you're interested in helping with the transcription of this, or of other episodes, then please let us know.

In the next episode, we'll be discussing Jesse Andrews's 2016 book 'The Haters', in which a guitarist, a bassist, and a drummer flee jazz camp to form a rock band and hit the road.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our Goodreads page at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/188869-love-ya-like-crazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod, or email us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

Also thanks to the Adjuncts for letting us play their song 'Reread Harry Potter' at the end of the episode. You can also listen to it or download it from their bandcamp page -- check it out!

 

Jun 9, 2016

For this special bonus episode, Carrie and Jake are joined by Carrie's friend Sara to discuss the severely mediocre 2014 young adult movie 'Vampire Academy'.

Carrie's cat Shooby also has a brief cameo, in which he graphically expresses his opinion of the movie.

We talk about human cafetoriums, Carrie records an ASMR video for vampire victims, we warn about the dangers of flaming hounds, and at the end we recommend some actually good vampire-related media. We also talk about Vampire Academy's plot almost as much as its characters do, so, if you are concerned about spoilers, watch the movie before listening! (Or, alternatively, you can just watch the best scene in the movie.)

In the next episode, we'll revisit Philip Pullman's excellent 'His Dark Materials' series by reading book 2 in that series, 'The Subtle Knife'.

We have a Goodreads group now! You can visit it at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/188869-love-ya-like-crazy. Comment there, or write to us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag. This episode includes Jake's song 'Life Just Sucks', which he wrote in the run-up to watching this movie. If you want, you can listen to or download it on his soundcloud page.

 

Jun 2, 2016

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss 'Grasshopper Jungle', Andrew Smith's 2015 novel about the end of the world and the incredibly horny teenagers that help bring it about.

Also in this episode, we are attacked by cats, reveal our shameful Kurt Vonnegut-related secrets to each other, and talk about how awesome it would be to have a Lost-style Hatch to explore. Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening!

We're going to release a bonus episode soon, in which we talk about a mediocre YA movie named 'Vampire Academy', and then, after that, we'll revisit Philip Pullman's excellent 'His Dark Materials' series by reading book 2 in that series, 'The Subtle Knife'.

We have a Goodreads group now! You can visit it at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/188869-love-ya-like-crazy. Comment there, or write to us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag. This episode also features Jake's cover of the Flaming Lips song 'Waterbug'.

 

Apr 16, 2016

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss 'citizenchip', Wil Howitt's 2015 science fiction novel about a young AI. It's available as an ebook from https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/citizenchip and Amazon (it's not available in a print edition).

We also pick robot names for ourselves, ponder the joys of being a kitchen lobster or a bus, and Jake ruins everything. Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening!

In the next episode, we'll be discussing 'Grasshopper Jungle' by Andrew Smith, an apocalyptic coming of age story that captivated us both, even as it made both of us us deeply uncomfortable.

Also sometime soon, we plan to watch and comment on 2014's 'Vampire Academy'. You can see a trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbzFmBa8M .

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod, or email us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag. This episode also featured Jake's song 'My Litle Lobster'.


Table of Contents

  • 00:00 - Carrie and Jake say hello
  • 00:28 - Episode introduction
  • 02:50 - Discussion of 'citizenchip'
  • 34:39 - Coming attractions and (lack of) reader mail
  • 40:07 - Episode outroduction
  • 40:15 - 'My Little Lobster'
Feb 28, 2016

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

In the course of this episode, we talk about Douchebag Bear, how to get tenured faculty to tell you stuff, and what it was like to work for an Internet startup in the 90s. Also Jake won't shut up about Hannibal for some reason. Plus we answer email from a listener -- get in touch if you want us to read your own message on air!

Spoilers abound, so, if that is a concern to you, we recommend reading the book before listening.

In the next episode, we'll be discussing citizenchip by Wil Howitt, which is available as an ebook from Amazon.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod, or email us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

Dec 22, 2015

While Carrie and Jake take a break to deal with the holidays and other life events -- we'll be back in January -- we thought we'd give you some book recommendations, and some ideas of what we might be reading in the coming year. Enjoy!

Jake recommends:

Carrie recommends:


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

Oct 31, 2015

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss Stephanie Perkins's delightful YA romance 'Anna and the French Kiss'. We also talk about Wiener Dog Day, NaNoWriMo, Burning Man missed connections, and Gallic shrugs, and Carrie really sticks it to 'Lost in Translation'. We also answer some listener email!

Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening!

In the next episode, we'll be discussing 'The Golden Compass' by Philip Pullman, the first book in his 'His Dark Materials' series.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod, or email us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

Sep 7, 2015

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss 'Shiver', the first book in Maggie Stiefvater's 'The Wolves of Mercy Falls' series. Um. We really didn't like it, folks, and we might be kind of mean about it. (No offense intended to those of you who did enjoy it, or to the author.)

We also sing a song about truffles, talk about some really bad parenting, discuss making quiche, and find the surprising connection between Scientology and werewolves. Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening!

You can get the Truffle song (or just listen to it online) from https://soundcloud.com/jacob-haller/truffle/s-SpnzR .

In the next episode, we'll be discussing Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

Aug 24, 2015

In this bonus episode, Jake and special guest Rachel Baron Singer revisit Nancy Drew, who Carrie and Jake previously discussed back in episode 3.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod, or email us at podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

Aug 12, 2015

For this episode, Carrie, Jake, and special guest Rachel Baron Singer discuss Ellen Raskin's 1978 classic 'The Westing Game!

We also talk about what pieces would be included in the board game version of The Westing Game, plus Rachel's typecasting in high school and whether setting off fireworks indoors makes you a bomber or an arsonist. Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening!

In the next episode, we'll be discussing 'Shiver', the first book in Maggie Stiefvater's 'The Wolves of Mercy Falls' series. For homework, if you want to write a song about truffles (the chocolate kind, not the mushrooms) from a werewolf's point of view, please do so and send it in to podcast at loveYAlikecrazy.com!

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' tag.

Jul 15, 2015

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss Gwenda Bond's 2015 novel 'Fallout', which is available in hardcover and as an ebook from most booksellers.

Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening! There is also some swearing, along with discussions of ten-dollar words, nerdfighters, mediocre secret identities, and why having a dragon is baller. Jake also puts a blanket over his head at one point. You don't get that kind of thing in the Slate Audio Book Club!

In the next episode, we'll be discussing Ellen Raskin's 1978 classic 'The Westing Game'.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod. We'd love to hear from you!


Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron for the 'Love YA Like Crazy' musical sting.

Jun 22, 2015

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss 'Ready Player One', Ernest Cline's 2011 book, which is available in a variety of formats from Amazon and other booksellers.

Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening! We talk about the horror of office jobs, why it is important that you only aim harmless lasers at your eyes, and the awkward conversations about shaving that inevitably result when you move in with someone. We also quote They Might Be Giants and engage in a certain amount of swearing.

In the next episode, we'll be discussing Gwenda Bond's 2015 novel 'Fallout', which features a young Lois Lane. It's currently available in hardcover and as an ebook.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod. We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron (of the excellent Composer Quest podcast) for the tag at the end of the episode.

May 12, 2015

For this episode, Carrie and Jake are very excited to be joined by their friend Kerri to discuss Neal Shusterman's 2009 novel 'Unwind', which you should be able to get in whatever format you desire from your preferred book merchant!

Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening! We discuss Happy Jack's Harvest Camp, hiveminds, clappers, Google Earth, and everyone's favorite character, Shark Tattoo McGee. Also, this might be our sweariest episode to date!

In the next episode, we'll be discussing 'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline, which you can get in the usual places.

If you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy, or tweet to us at https://twitter.com/loveYApod. We'd love to hear from you!

Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There', and to Charlie McCarron (of the excellent Composer Quest podcast) for unexpectedly composing the jingle found at the end of this episode.

Apr 15, 2015

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss the 1959 edition of a Nancy Drew book, "The Hidden Staircase" by Carolyn Keene, which is available in a variety of formats from Amazon and other booksellers.

Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening. We discuss minuets, notaries, brother love, phantom fiancés, Benjamin Franklin, and we describe some possible alternative endings to the book. Swearing also abounds!

In the next episode, we'll be discussing Neal Shusterman's 2009 novel 'Unwind', which you should be able to get in a variety of formats from Amazon or the bookseller of your choice.

If you have any comments or suggestions, or have your own alternative Hidden Staircase endings to share, please join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy.

Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, and to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There'.

The sound clip at the beginning of the episode is from the TV show Castle, specifically episode 9 of season 1, 'Little Girl Lost'.

Mar 16, 2015

For episode 2 of "Love YA Like Crazy," Carrie and Jake discuss Daniel PInkwater's novelette 'Young Adult Novel', which can be found in a couple of different collections and anthologies. We also read our additions to the epic story that is "Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan."

Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening! You will also find lots of 80s talk, descriptions of being the worst in high school, an answer to the question of what it is that Jake made Carrie read exactly, and plentiful swearing.

In the next episode, we'll be discussing a Nancy Drew novel: "The Hidden Staircase" by Carolyn Keene, which is available in a bunch of different formats from Amazon. We've also assigned ourselves some homework: Is there another way the book could have ended, or a different solution, that we would have enjoyed?

If you want to get in on the action, or if you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy.

Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon, and to the Sentimental Favorites for the use of their song 'Hey There'.

Mar 4, 2015

Welcome to episode 1 of "Love YA Like Crazy," recorded even before we had decided on a name for it! In this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss the 2013 young adult fantasy romance parody 'Awoken' by Serra Elinsen, which is available in paperback or for kindle from Amazon.

Spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening! Also, lots of Elder Old Ones, FUBU shirts, Rhode Island talk, and swearing.

In the next episode, we'll be discussing Daniel Pinkwater's book "Young Adult Novel", which Amazon has available in a couple of different collections, and we'll each be reading our additions to the epic story that is "Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan."

If you want to get in on the action, or if you have any comments or suggestions, join us on our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/LoveYALikeCrazy.

Thanks to Shaenon K. Garrity for designing the Love YA Like Crazy icon.

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