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Hazel & Katniss & Harry & Starr

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Are you Green or Orange? We're not quite Red over this listener recommendation (thanks Em!) but both Brenna and Joe find that Bracken's text doesn't fully want to engage with its rebellion or world-building as much as it could (or should?) Inst
We're ready to talk about class, parental abuse and friendship as we travel to rural Tennessee for The Serpent King. Guided by thoughtful emails from listeners Tea, Books and Chocolate, Emily and Victoria, we discuss the deeply upsetting lives
Put on your red hat and mind the children because this meeting of HKHSPod is now in session! You had to know that we couldn't pass up the chance to  talk about season two of our fave feel good show, The Baby-Sitter's Club.It's with great pleasu
Whew boy are we ever unhappy this week!In the decade since the celebration of all things* geeky and nerdy was published, we've done a complete 180 on this property. In part it's because of the over saturation of nostalgia and corporate IP, but
We found a lot to laugh about in this show about 30-something actors playing first year university students in Melbourne. Whether or not that's part of the joke, there's plenty of relatable comedy in this accessible sitcom from Australia's ABC
We're dipping back into comics! This time we're hitting some New Adult content with Y: The Last Man, which is Joe's Gateway back into comics as an adult. Both of us have read all of these before, though we don't remember a great deal  (we certa
There's nothing like getting lost in a good scary story, so it's apt that we're closing out Halloween with White's book about a witch who lures children into a magical apartment and makes them tell her horrifying tales. It'll be evident very qu
Blame Brenna for this pick! After learning about Lois Duncan's real life history, Brenna wanted to tackle the author's infamous hit and run thriller, I Know What You Did Last Summer, which is both completely different and simultaneously very si
Brenna and Joe are back in Trickster territory as the Canadian Indigenous lit sequel moves sober protagonist Jared to Vancouver and introduces a bevy of new family members, but keeps villainous ex-step father David around for conflict. Up for d
Continuing our spooky theme for the month, we're checking out the 50 minute special, which finds Gonzo and Pepe the King Prawn locked in the Haunted Mansion along with a bevy of (undead) stars.Mega Muppets fan Brenna  walks novice Joe through t
It's time to scare Brenna! We're digging into the first novel in Wells' series about John, a death-obsessed teen who discovers that his elderly neighbour is a shapeshifting murderer . The good news is that both the book and the film are pretty
Prepare your magic, your dragons and your plucky shapeshifting henchwomen because we are talking about Nimona! This delightful MFA thesis project began life as a fun, episodic webtoon (see previous episode Orange Marmalade) before eventually be
To kick off book four, we're checking in on a Brenna fave with a doozy of a hook: Runaways, which features a group of kids who discover their parents are supervillains and set out to stop them. Joe isn't quite as enamoured, in part because the
Special thanks to Tea, Books & Chocolate, Kaetlyn, Jana, Andrew, Victoria, Miriam, and Max for helping us to celebrate.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us on Twitter - @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod::Brenna: @brennacgrayJoe: @bstolemyr
In advance of the gender flipped Netflix remake He's All That, Brenna, Joe and special guest Lindsay revisit Pygmalion / My Fair Lady update She's All That.The film has an all-star cast, but doesn't seem to know what to do with most of them. An
It's time for some activism! Brenna, Joe and Jenn Adams tackle  feminism, intersectionality, representation, the Patriarchy and misogyny in a book about girls fed up with male privilege.Up for discussion: Jenn's forecast for fourth and fifth wa
After discussing journalist/activist/author Hutchinson's book several times, we finally decided to check it out for the pod. It's definitely aimed at a younger audience, but the book is doing a surprising amount of work to educate its audience
With no listener feedback, we're riding solo on this Book Club outing, but there's no shortage of things to talk about! We discuss the unconventional stylistic structure (non-linear, multiple perspectives and a touch of magical realism), as wel
Blame Brenna for this one! We're tackling Lena Waite's autobiographical series Twenties, about three Black women trying to make it in Hollywood, and it is very clearly not a show for teens. Thankfully we both really enjoy the show, which has so
Grab your daggers and your Kefta because we are diving into the sprawling lore of Ravka, Fjerda and Ketterdam! Brenna starts off grouchy, but eventually she acknowledges that this series is pretty compelling (despite all of the walking).Joe is
Shout out to listener Andrew for recommending what turned out to be our most divisive text to date! Brenna quite likes both the book and the film, while Brennan and Joe...do not.Brenna argues for the book as reflective of a specific period in B
It's time for a timely and difficult Book Club as we unpack Cherie Dimaline's dystopian YA novel about Indigenous people hunted for  their ability to "dream".  As listener responses confirm, this is an upsetting time to discuss residential scho
For the first time in nearly 150 episodes (!), we're covering a  novelization of a film instead of a straightforward adaptation!Fire Song  is a dark and grim tale of contemporary Indigenous life that makes for a tough read/watch. The non-profes
We're checking back into Creekwood High with the crew of Love, Victor. In between seasons the show has really figured itself out because S2 is a marked improvement in both complexity and maturity.First and foremost: we're obsessed with how the
Our unofficial Pride month continues with Danforth's lengthy, sprawling story of queers in Montana, which gets abbreviated in Akhavan's film, but we're ok with it? It's a good conversation about  growing up gay in a small town (vs big city), wh
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