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Love YA Like Crazy

Welcome to Love YA Like Crazy, where Carrie and Jake rant about young adult books. Beware, there are lots of spoilers and often lots of swearing!

Oct 30, 2018

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss 'Seventeenth Summer' by Maureen Daly, a 1942 novel considered by some the first YA novel. The protagonist of the book is fairly innocent and chaste, but our discussion of the book is neither. (I don't know, that's just how it turned out!) We also talk about em dashes...


Sep 4, 2018

For this episode, Carrie and Jake talk about 'Hole in the Middle' by Kendra Fortmeyer, which was released in hardcover and ebook editions today! As always, spoilers abound, so we recommend reading the book before listening. Also, note that there's a fair amount of swearing.

In the course of our discussion, we talk about...


Aug 10, 2018

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss Britta Lundin's debut novel 'Ship It'. They also talk about experiences at conventions, their (fairly minor) encounters with fanfic, the weird pornographic banner that Jake's downstairs neighbors hung up on their porch, movies based on video games, and all manner of other...


Jun 12, 2018

For this episode, Jake flew to North Carolina so that he and Carrie could discuss 'The Hazel Wood' by Melissa Albert in person. Thanks to Jody [REDACTED] for recommending it, and to Alex [REDACTED] for her recommendation as well! We really appreciate you getting in touch with your suggestions.

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May 2, 2018

For this episode, Carrie and Jake discuss Rebecca Stead's 2009 young adult novel, 'When You Reach Me'. They also experience some major high school flashbacks and talk about Carrie's new cat. We both really liked the book, and we recommend you read it before listening to the podcast, which contains our usual mix of...