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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 and exclamation points.

Our discussion includes spoilers, so you may wish to read the book before listening. Before you do that, though, we recommend checking out Daly's short story 'Sixteen', which was written the year before Seventeenth Summer, won an O. Henry Award, and has a similar flavor. It is included in various short story collections, and I also found a copy at .

In the next episode, we'll be discussing 'Akata Witch' by Nnedi Okorafor, as recommended by Hayden of the They See Me Rollin podcast.

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