In this episode, the hosts do their best to cover the extensive series The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, reminisce about childhood reading, and find that choosing your favorite baby-sitter is a lot like therapy.
Jess and Kendyl discuss Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, mental health, grief, recovery, and seeing the whole of a person.
Trigger warning: Just like the novel, this episode contains discussion of suicide, depression, mental illness, abuse, grief, and death. Please, keep yourself safe and skip this episode if these topics could be harmful to you. If you do proceed, please keep in mind that we are in no way mental health experts.
Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss the first two books in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, its calculating protagonist, middle grade humor, and their favorite play on words… ever?
Dorin and Kendyl tackle David Copperfield by Charles Dickens—a marathon novel with a large cast of outlandish characters—with a focus on identity, David’s surprising faith in people, and an even more unexpected defense of Dora.
Is The Secret Garden the perfect book for quarantine? Dorin and Kendyl think it just might be, with it’s fresh-baked-bread-wholesomeness, themes of how nature connects us all, and early meditations on mental health.
Is there anything like the nostalgia we have for middle school? Can we ever really see ourselves clearly? Will some people be bonded to you forever? Corey, Jenn, and Kendyl dive deep into the world of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys universe with the second book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You.
In this episode, Adaptation discusses Let It Snow (2019) with hosts that have and hosts that have not read the John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle novel it’s based on.
Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl try to get to the truth of Caging Skies by Christine Leunens while desperately trying to contain their anger at the main character.
In this episode, we get into the complexities of the first book in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series, Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass.
Jenn, Jess, and Kendyl dive into the third John Green novel that we’ve covered on Adaptation, Looking for Alaska. The group talks through the friendships, the pranks, and seeing others fully.
Dorin and Kendyl read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a 770 page book, and now they are tired. But they have just enough energy left to work through all the feelings that the book gave them in this episode.
Corey and Kendyl dive into the novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple and have a lot of feelings about recognizing when people need help, romanticizing mental illness, and creative outlets as a “cure” for depression.
Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl dig into the myth, the humor, and the ineffability of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Jess and Kendyl read Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star and have a ton to say about destiny versus chance, identity, and the butterfly effect.
Dorin and Kendyl cover Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary, what parts come from reality, the wendigo myth, and what exactly is so horrifying about this story.
The Adaptation Team discuss the many, many characters in Bird Box (2018) compared to the book, how the tension held up when we could actually see what was going on, and how they see Malorie’s maternal instincts.
Jenn and Kendyl read Bird Box by Josh Malerman and now they are theorizing about mystery creatures and discussing living versus surviving—all with their eyes tightly shut.