96 episodes

A weekly podcast about young adult literature, their filmic adaptations and everything in between.

Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr Brenna Clarke Gray and Joe Lipsett

    • Books
    • 4.5, 20 Ratings

A weekly podcast about young adult literature, their filmic adaptations and everything in between.

    No Good Nick feat. Lucia Lorenzi

    No Good Nick feat. Lucia Lorenzi

    What happens when you cross a multi-cam family sitcom - complete with laugh track - with a story about grifting, child abuse and trauma? Apparently you get Netflix's No Good Nick!

    • 49 min
    The Sun Is Also A Star

    The Sun Is Also A Star

    What happens when you cross a pragmatic data-driven girl and an irrepressible romantic boy? You get Nicola Yoon's 2016 novel The Sun Is Also A Star and Ry Russo-Young's 2019 film (You didn't think this was about us, did you?)

    • 48 min
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    It's the 10th anniversary of Canadian Jay Baruchel's attempt to break into big budget blockbuster territory with his starring turn in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, the Nic Cage/Jon Turtletaub vehicle about *magic*.

    • 39 min
    The Baby-Sitters Club

    The Baby-Sitters Club

    Thanks to the new Netflix series developed by Rachel Shukert, Brenna has an excuse to delve into a formative childhood classic as we tackle Ann M. Martin's iconic 1986-2000 series of books, The Baby-Sitters Club.

    • 55 min
    July & August 2020 Forecast

    July & August 2020 Forecast

    It's time for our summer 2020 forecast episode, with special bonus recommendations for Indigenous and lesbian texts.

    • 38 min
    Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets feat. Hannah McGregor

    Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets feat. Hannah McGregor

    Just in time for its 22nd birthday, Brenna, Joe and returning special guest Hannah McGregor return to Hogwarts for a second year. Things are a little different this time around: there's a new terrible teacher, a secret serpent, and a creator whose recent controversies cannot go unremarked upon.

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

SchoolLibrarian ,

My Happy Place

I love this podcast. I'm a school librarian and a YA fan, so the concept of comparing text and film adaptations appeals to me very much. I've been listening for most of the year and at this point Joe and Brenna feel like my friends. Lately I've had a mild anxiety flare up and HKHS pod is where I have been turning to settle my mind and brighten my mood when my anxiety brain won't let me sleep. Joe and Brenna are warm, funny, insightful, and kind to each other. They select their media thoughtfully and inclusively. It's a podcast that gives me the warm fuzzies and has encouraged me to try out a couple of adaptations I wouldn't have otherwise watched. Even when they review a property I am not interest in reading/watching myself, I'm always glad to hear their conversation about it. This podcast has become one that I hoard for a time when I need some podcast friends to talk to me about books.

Piggyoaple ,

No...Just no.

Ok, so this is not the most fare review, but it’s just my opinion. So it’s a great idea for a podcast, it really is! But... I love the Hunger Games more than anything, and any criticism toward it is taken highly offensive by me. And yeah, there was criticism! So take back everything bad you said about the Hunger Games and I will listen! Do not recommend to anyone who has a passion for any books they do, especially if you CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT the Hunger Games, like me.

Ilovebooks257 ,

Great Idea but Hard to Listen to the Constant Hate

I LOVE the idea of comparing a YA text to it’s film/tv adaptation. As a YA author and avid YA reader I wanted to soak up every second d of this podcast. That is until I very quickly realized that the hosts don’t seem to love the stories they are consuming.
Each time I see a title and get excited I’m instantly dissatisfied by the negative reviews from the hosts. They even go so far as to say the books are a chore to get through and there’s lots of sighing.
I want so much to love this podcast but after a few months of dedicated listening I’m done.

Top Podcasts In Books

Listeners Also Subscribed To