S02E08. A Monster Calls

What does it mean when a monster shows up at your window? For our final review episode of Season 2, we discuss A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness with special guest, author Mat Larkin. We talk about the stages of grief, middle grade tropes, surprisingly therapeutic monsters, and all the feels! Mental health issues covered:Continue reading “S02E08. A Monster Calls”

Blog-Exclusive Review: The Morbids

In this blog-exclusive review, we talk about our views on Ewa Ramsey’s 2020 novel, The Morbids. For this blog, we’re joined by a special guest, Bree from Feelz Podcast, who gives her unique and comedic spin on this book. Please note that this blog post contains spoilers! Mental health issues covered:  Death anxiety, post-traumatic stress,Continue reading “Blog-Exclusive Review: The Morbids”

Bonus: Interview with Kay Kerr

In this special episode, we chat to Kay Kerr, author of Please Don’t Hug Me and the newly released Social Queue. Topics include: autism representation, Kay’s writing processes for both of her books, and self-care. We also discuss Please Don’t Hug Me in spoilery details in the second half of the episode (we’ll let youContinue reading “Bonus: Interview with Kay Kerr”

Blog-Exclusive Review: I Wish You All The Best

In this post, Priscilla wants to talk about I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. This book is an honest and heartfelt portrait of coming out in the context of difficult and/or abusive family dynamics. The main character also wrestles with symptoms of anxiety and depression and starts therapy in the story. PleaseContinue reading “Blog-Exclusive Review: I Wish You All The Best”

S02E07. Darius The Great Is Not Okay

What can you do when you feel disconnected from your family, and your culture? Darius is a ‘fractional Persian’, and speaks better Klingon than Farsi. And his first trip to Iran is about to change his life. In this episode, we chat about Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. We discuss whatContinue reading “S02E07. Darius The Great Is Not Okay”

Blog-Exclusive Review: The Midnight Library

In this blog-exclusive review, Elise talks about Matt Haig’s 2020 novel, The Midnight Library. Yep, it’s a popular and hyped book covering some pretty intense themes. So here’s an attempt to wrangle a lot of thoughts and feels together. Please note that this blog post contains spoilers! Mental health issues covered in the book: ┬áSuicide,Continue reading “Blog-Exclusive Review: The Midnight Library”

S02E06. You Should See Me in a Crown

Would you run for prom king/queen? There is nothing Liz Lightly would like less, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to win a scholarship, even if it means facing her fear of the spotlight. With special guests, Hallie and Allie from the Read It, Next podcast, we chat about anxiety representation, cute romance,Continue reading “S02E06. You Should See Me in a Crown”

S02E05. Picture Us in the Light

How much do you really know about your parents? In Picture Us in the Light, Danny Cheng grapples with the mysteries of his family’s past, a tragedy in his friendship group, as well as the possibilities in his future. Along with our guest, Wendy Chen, we discuss the portrayal of grief following a suicide, intergenerationalContinue reading “S02E05. Picture Us in the Light”

S02E04. A Duke By Default

Portia Hobbs, ‘perpetual hot mess’, meets Tavish McKenzie, gruff Scottish swordsman. Sparks fly, and self-discoveries abound. We discuss the book’s portrayal of ADHD and how this experience can impact on a person’s self-beliefs. We also chat about positive female friendships, difficult family dynamics, and (of course) the central romance. Mental health issues covered: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderContinue reading “S02E04. A Duke By Default”

Blog-Exclusive Review: Please Don’t Hug Me

So, we are experimenting with blog-only reviews. Why? Because producing a podcast episode takes a lot of time and energy, and sometimes we want to get our thoughts out there without all the labour attached! Not that blog posts are exactly instant but, you know, they are much easier to create. So make sure toContinue reading “Blog-Exclusive Review: Please Don’t Hug Me”