My friend Carrie and I have started a podcast where we talk about works of young adult fiction; we've named it Love YA Like Crazy. It's mostly an excuse to talk to a friend who I don't get to see very often, but hopefully people other than us will find it entertaining! I put together a website for it at http://loveyalikecrazy.com/
, and it's also on Stitcher Radio at http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jacob-haller/love-ya-like-crazy
. (I've submitted it to iTunes, but it's not there yet -- but hopefully soon.)
For the first episode, we talked about 'Awoken' by Serra Elinsen, which is a parody of YA supernatural romance along the lines of your Twilight books, except, instead of vampires, the romantic interest is Cthulhu. It's an enjoyably wretched piece of literature -- you can get it for Kindle or as a paperback from Amazon -- and we had a fun time picking it apart, with lots of talk of Elder Old Ones, FUBU shirts, Rhode Island, and a decent amount of swearing. You can listen to the episode at http://loveyalikecrazy.libsyn.com/awoken-by-serra-elinsen
The next episode is going to be about Daniel Pinkwater's novella 'Young Adult Novel', which can be found in a couple of different collections and anthologies. One of my favorite parts of this episode is the part where we read our own contributions to the book within the book, the epic story of Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan.
And then after that we're going to take a little digression from YA fiction proper to talk about one of the Nancy Drew books.
And the episode after that, we're planning to talk to our mutual friend Kerri about Neal Shusterman's creepy dystopian YA book 'Unwind'.