Abby Rivers and Gretchen Lang have been best friends since they were 10 years old, when Gretchen was the only one who came to Abby's roller rink birthday party over Margaret Middleton's horseback party. At the roller rink, they skated to the Bangles' "We Got the Beat" and Abby was knocked over by Tommy Cox, a cool senior boy senior at their private school of Albemarle Academy. In class on Monday, no one believes it was Tommy Cox who ran into her, until he comes into their classroom, bringing an apology Coke for Abby to put on her poor broken face. She keeps it and doesn't drink it, because of course she does. Who wouldn't?Read More
Miranda and her parents have just moved from New York to the small town of Garnet, MA, where her mother, Helen (a doctor), is opening a small private practice, while her father, Philip (a former teacher), will be unemployed while he figures out what to do next. They're moving into an old mansion that hasn't been lived in for 50 years. Why? It's a mystery!Read More
17-year-old Jenna has just moved to ... a ... place by ... the beach. Okay, I don't remember where. But she's moved into an old house left to her family by an aunt. And she's in the attic going through shit with her "friend" Suki. I say "friend" because really Suki just lives nearby and Jenna's super annoyed by her and feels that Suki is going to fuck with her social standing in school. And she's unkind about Suki's looks. So now we know Jenna's a piece of shit. Great. So she finds a diary from the 1970s (whoa, it's the future!) kept by a girl named Rita, who looked exactly like Jenna. Whoaaaahhhh!Read More
No book summary today, as we recorded this episode a few weeks before we decided not to recap as much. Also, for the same reason, I don’t remember it very well!
First of all, Orson Scott Card is homophobic and fucking sucks. Please donate to The Trevor Project in his name.
Now ... FULL SUMMARY WITH SPOILERS.
So it's the future, right? Like a hundred years in the future, tops. And it's all computery and people are only allowed to have two children for population control. Also, humanity was attacked by an alien bug race a few decades ago maybe, it's unclear. Humanity then retaliated, but they're all afraid the "buggers" could come attack again at any time, so the plan is to take the fight to them. Because of this, they're looking for a hero, they're holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night and He's gotta be strong, and he's gotta be fast, and he's gotta be fresh from the fight.Read More
Twelve-year-old Ladislav (aka Lada) and her 11-year-old brother Radu are taken from their home in Wallachia and moved to Edirne, having been given over to Murad, Sultan of the Ottomon Empire, as collateral for their father Vlad's loyalty to the Empire. Lada is unattractive, fierce, independent, and violent — Radu is beautiful, kind, lonely, and submissive. The two endure cruelty, and the constant possibility of death hangs over their heads. Although the two receive extensive education from a tutor, Lada leaves Radu a victim to beatings from the tutor, so that she doesn’t betray how much Radu means to her. Lada's greatest fear is anyone having power over her. Lada will spend the whole rest of the book OBSESSED with getting back to Wallachia.Read More
Stephanie Rudd is 14-years-old and has run away from Clairton, PA to become a model in New York. She leaves behind her mom and dad, older pregnant sister Anita, and four-year-old brother Danny. Once in Times Square, she meets a flashy man who calls himself Favor. He dresses like an insane person and shows Stephanie his fancy, and probably hideous, Cadillac. But Stephanie's 14, so she has no idea what utter garbage this dude is.Read More