338 episodes

A weekly podcast about young adult literature, their film and television adaptations and everything in between.
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Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr Brenna Clarke Gray and Joe Lipsett

    • Arts
    • 4.9 ‱ 34 Ratings

A weekly podcast about young adult literature, their film and television adaptations and everything in between.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Aquamarine

    Aquamarine

    Joe and Brenna dip a toe into romantic fantasy with Alice Hoffman's 2001 novel Aquamarine and Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum's 2006 film adaptation.
    The book is a cute, slight, fast read, which begs the question: how is the film 1hr 50 mins?! Answer: Add a villain, give her endless cronies, then stretch the action out over a whole summer!
    Plus: teen feminism, mermaid FX, himbo lifeguards, and the film's perplexing soundtrack decision.
    Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and BlueSky @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:
    > Brenna: @brennacgray (BlueSky/Instagram)
    > Joe: @bstolemyremote (Twitter/Instagram) or @joelipsett (BlueSky)
    Have a mail bag question? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com  
    Theme music: Ben Fox "Think About the Lights" 

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    • 31 min
    Mailbag 33: A Series of Unfortunate Events & The Satanic Mill

    Mailbag 33: A Series of Unfortunate Events & The Satanic Mill

    Brenna and Joe respond to a question and a request from listener Tuck, who wants to know if we'll cover A Series of Unfortunate Events and recommends Otfried Preussler's hard to find (in English) book, Krabat: The Satanic Mill (1972).
    Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and BlueSky @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:
    > Brenna: @brennacgray (BlueSky/Instagram)
    > Joe: @bstolemyremote (Twitter/Instagram) or @joelipsett (BlueSky)
    Have a mail bag question? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com
    Theme music: Ben Fox "Think About the Lights"

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    • 4 min
    Like Real People Do (2022)

    Like Real People Do (2022)

    Brenna and Joe dip back into queer romance (and fan fiction!) with Book 1 of E.L. Massey's Breakaway series, Like Real People Do (2022).
    This is very cute and sweet...but where is the conflict?! Everyone is so perfect! Massey needs to let people suck!
    Plus: comparisons to Heartstopper, Red, White & Royal Blue and The Kissing Booth 2, predictions for where Books 2-4 will go, and why Kuzy and Hawk are our fave characters.
    Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and BlueSky @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:
    > Brenna: @brennacgray (BlueSky/Instagram)
    > Joe: @bstolemyremote (Twitter/Instagram) or @joelipsett (BlueSky)
    Have a mail bag question? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com  
    Theme music: Ben Fox "Think About the Lights" 

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    • 32 min
    Turtles All The Way Down

    Turtles All The Way Down

    Brenna and Joe discuss John Green's last YA novel Turtles All The Way Down (2017) and its 2024 adaptation by Hannah Marks. C/W: self-harm.
    This is a tough read because of its visceral depiction of OCD, but we love the friendship between Aza and Daisy. Meanwhile, the long in-development film does a great job of visually capturing the intrusive thought spirals, though Brenna is unimpressed with a new character who steals Daisy's best bits.
    Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and BlueSky @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:
    > Brenna: @brennacgray (BlueSky/Instagram)
    > Joe: @bstolemyremote (Twitter/Instagram) or @joelipsett (BlueSky)
    Have a mail bag question? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com  
    Theme music: Ben Fox "Think About the Lights" 

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    • 49 min
    Boys State (2020) / Girls State (2024)

    Boys State (2020) / Girls State (2024)

    For the first time on the show, Brenna and Joe check out a documentary...or rather a pair of documentaries: Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine's Boys State (2020) and Girls State (2024)
    These docs fill us with dismay for the future of US politics. But while Boys State has a dark nihilism to it, Girls State feels slight and surprisingly unaware; even its own subjects seem determined to break free of the narrative that the camp and the directors are trying to box them in to. It's quite odd.
    Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and BlueSky @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:
    > Brenna: @brennacgray (BlueSky/Instagram)
    > Joe: @bstolemyremote (Twitter/Instagram) or @joelipsett (BlueSky)
    Have a mail bag question? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com  
    Theme music: Ben Fox "Think About the Lights" 

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    • 33 min
    The Spiderwick Chronicles S01 (2024)

    The Spiderwick Chronicles S01 (2024)

    As promised/threatened, we're back with a review of Roku's The Spiderwick Chronicles S01.
    Join us as Joe walks Brenna through the highs (the focus on Jared's mental health) and lows (that theme song!) of the series' first eight episodes.
    Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and BlueSky @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:
    > Brenna: @brennacgray (BlueSky/Instagram)
    > Joe: @bstolemyremote (Twitter/Instagram) or @joelipsett (BlueSky)
    Have a mail bag question? Email us at hkhspod@gmail.com  
    Theme music: Ben Fox "Think About the Lights" 

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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Alien.91đŸ‘œ ,

Five stars

One of my favourite podcasts also i have a few suggestions first one a book 📚 smiles to go second a show Kim’s convenience. Any way love your podcast

Hank + Remy ,

Always looking forward to it

Brenna and Joe strike such a beautiful chord between celebration, critical thinking, thoughtful interrogation, and in some cases nostalgia that make this a wildly accessible podcast for anyone interested in YA storytelling and it’s impacts on youth culture across time. I find myself looking forward to their weekly drops, trusting their recommendations, and considering incorporating episodes or clips into my syllabi. You don’t need to have read and watched the property to get something from their analyses. Will continue to recommend to anyone who hasn’t already heard me celebrate this pod.

NadiaheartsAshley ,

Loved, Learned and Listed

Joe & Brenna are delightful! I love their banter, their insight and their commitment to exploring YA beyond the (cis-het white) “classics”. Listening to this podcast has exponentially increased my “books I want to read” list in the best way (and steered me clear of a few I now know I can skip).

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