112 episodes

Throwback Paperback is a book club podcast on the Nerd Party network hosted by best friends Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland. Asia and Charles share young adult books with each other
that one of them read, but the other never got to, and they see how these young adult staples
appear when read or re-read as adults. Every week, they assign which book and chapters they
will be covering the following week and they start with a brief summary if you can’t read along.
Then they dive into the plot, themes, and experience of favorite young adult books. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

Throwback Paperback: A Young Adult Novel Podcast The Nerd Party

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Throwback Paperback is a book club podcast on the Nerd Party network hosted by best friends Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland. Asia and Charles share young adult books with each other
that one of them read, but the other never got to, and they see how these young adult staples
appear when read or re-read as adults. Every week, they assign which book and chapters they
will be covering the following week and they start with a brief summary if you can’t read along.
Then they dive into the plot, themes, and experience of favorite young adult books. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/throwback-paperback/support

    Episode 111 - Reached: Chapters 1-32

    Episode 111 - Reached: Chapters 1-32

    The Rising is upon us as we cover the first half of Reached. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are placed throughout the society at key points and watch from different angles as the Rising easily takes over the society through a plague that they alone had the cure to heal. Obviously, we have a long discussion on that and its functionality as a plot device. But of course, since the Rising and Society bear many similarities many things are not fixed and this only continues as a variant of the plague comes along and causes more trouble. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are forced to dive head first into the love triangle of it all and work together to survive. Oh joy, another love triangle.

    Next week we will be reading chapters 33-63 of book 3 in the series, Reached.


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    • 57 min
    Episode 110 - Crossed: Chapters 27-54

    Episode 110 - Crossed: Chapters 27-54

    Once reunited, of course there must be trouble in paradise in the second half of Crossed. Ky and Cassia find each other, only to have division sown between them. Cassia and Indy really want to join the rising; Ky really does not. Combine that and the fact that Xander is secretly part of the rising, and you have this week’s reading full of tension. Some of our mysteries continue to linger, and we are still vibing with the central relationship, so we still classify this series as a page-turner, but we are seeing the cracks and foreshadowing of future issues.

    Next week we will be reading chapters 1-32 of book 3 in the series, Reached.


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    • 38 min
    Episode 109 - Crossed: Chapters 1-26

    Episode 109 - Crossed: Chapters 1-26

    Ky and Cassia are split up as they start their lives of resistance in Crossed. Cassia is working as a laborer planning her chance to break out in search of Ky, and Ky is being used as a human shield looking to find Cassia. With some help on both ends, including that of Xander, the two escape the society and start to trek further away from the central district, and luckily they are reunited, but things have changed between them as they have both learned of an upcoming rebellion, the rising. They must now see if they can and even want to join the open rebellion against the society.

    Next week we will be reading chapters 27-54 of book 2 in the series, Crossed.


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    • 55 min
    Episode 108 - Matched: Chapters 17-32

    Episode 108 - Matched: Chapters 17-32

    Romance is in the air in the second half of Matched! Cassia and Ky’s relationship develops quickly from furtive glances to well much more than that. Their behavior seems poised for rebellion, but they also seem to have no plan to act on that rebellion. That is fine of course, but leaves your hosts confused. The two protagonists seem to be desirous of fighting the society but actually seem to have no plans or efforts to get what they want. This reading actually has some dramatic twists and turns with an ending that leaves us with a lot of questions. But that’s not a bad thing; we’re thrilled to keep reading.

    Next week we will be reading chapters 1-26 of book 2 in the series, Crossed.


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    • 40 min
    Episode 107 - Matched: Chapters 1-16

    Episode 107 - Matched: Chapters 1-16

    We dive into The Society as we cover the first half of Allie Condie’s Matched. Cassia lives in a post-society utopia, and everything seems perfect when she is matched with her hot best friend Xander. Lucky them, they get to be together forever and live happily ever after. Of course, that doesn’t make for an interesting story and instead Cassia starts to fall in love with another forbidden boy, Ky. This series is the embodiment of tropes and love triangles, and we are enjoying it. Meanwhile, Cassia’s grandfather stirs rebellion in her which will probably come back more importantly later. In a society that is The Giver meets Divergent, we follow Cassia’s path and love life full of drama.

    Next week we will be reading chapters 17-32 of book 1 in the series, Matched.


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    • 55 min
    Episode 106 - Switch: Chapters 18-34

    Episode 106 - Switch: Chapters 18-34

    We finished a series today! Today we have finished Switch, and thereby the whole Savvy trilogy. Gypsy and company get their groove back and collect grandma Pat, only to be irresponsible and lose her again. The prophecy does come true because of course it has to, and Charles has plenty to say about that. Let us know if you can follow his logic and his frustration when he goes down this fortune-telling rabbit hole. Join us as we finish up our exploration of the savvy world and we have our final discussion of the characters, concept, readability etc. Did you enjoy the series as much as we did?

    Next week we will be reading chapters 1-16 of Matched, book 1 in our new series, The Matched Trilogy.


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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Shawndorman ,

Add this to your ‘must-listens’

Avid reader? Why not revisit all your Young Adult favorites with Throwback Paperback? Starting with the Percy Jackson series, the show’s amazing hosts Asia and Charles go through a number of childhood classics to determine whether or not they still hold up today. So, so good.

triddell24 ,

Great chemistry

Great chemistry and insight. Asia and Charles friendship comes through and it enhances the book club experience. You feel like you’re right there with them. Make sure to not sleep on this subscription!

JSJOSHJS ,

A Must-Listen Podcast

Charles and Asia are brilliant hosts. I love listening to them talk about the different books in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. They transport me back to my Middle School days with their content. They definitely let their personalities shine through while keeping me both engaged and entertained. I usually do not like podcasts, but Charles and Asia keep me interested. I can’t wait to see how they develop their podcast even more as time goes on. Everybody should listen to them!

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