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Throwback Paperback: A Young Adult Novel Podcast

Throwback Paperback: A Young Adult Novel Podcast

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Throwback Paperback is a book club podcast on the Nerd Party network hosted by best friends Asia Bonilla and Charles Scheland. Asia and Charles share young adult books with each other
that one of them read, but the other never got to, and they see how these young adult staples
appear when read or re-read as adults. Every week, they assign which book and chapters they
will be covering the following week and they start with a brief summary if you can’t read along.
Then they dive into the plot, themes, and experience of favorite young adult books.
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It is finally time to dive into the last book of the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn. This section covers Bella’s wedding, honeymoon, and scary scary pregnancy. We do finally get to get some sympathy for Jacob because we do get to hear his thoughts, but that still doesn’t make us fully like him. We get more insight into pack dynamics and a rather strange ebbing and flowing bromance between Edward and Jacob. We can also feel the tension building all the way until Bella goes into labor! Next week we will be reading chapters 19-39 of book 4 in the series, Breaking Dawn.
In this mini bonus episode, Charles and Asia discuss the Eclipse novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. The novella covers the last week of Bree Tanner’s life as a vampire as a member of Victoria’s revenge coven. We thoroughly enjoy getting the insight of a vampire’s perspective as this is our first time in the series that we get a true 1st person account of “the thirst.” The novella also provides more insight and drama into the Volturi which we can’t wait to discuss in Breaking Dawn. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-18 of book 4 in the series, Breaking Dawn.
TW: This episode includes a discussion of sexual assault and rape. Please take care of yourself, and only listen if these are safe topics for you. If you need to talk to someone or need further resources, the national sexual assault hotline is: 1-800-656-4673. Please listen at your discretion. We wrap up Eclipse by having Bella’s high school graduation and an alliance between the werewolves and the Cullens. Tensions continue to rise within the love triangle, and they do finally boil over. Bella does ultimately make the right choice in partner, at least according to Asia and Charles. We have the big newborn battle and Edward’s chivalry as always. Finally, we prepare for the final book of the series. Bella’s transformation and departure from the human world gets ever closer, and we are already getting excited for the wedding and Bella and Edward’s future together. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-18 of book 4 in the series, Breaking Dawn.
TW: This episode includes a discussion of sexual assault and rape. Please take care of yourself, and only listen if these are safe topics for you. If you need to talk to someone or need further resources, the national sexual assault hotline is: 1-800-656-4673. Please listen at your discretion. Diving into Eclipse, the love triangle gets more tenuous, and we also see tension building in Bella’s relationship with Charlie. As graduation grows closer, the worst is brought out in basically all of our characters except Edward, so we fawn over him, and get pretty frustrated with Bella and as always Jacob. This reading also provides a lot of stories and world building, both vampire and werewolf origins, so we also enjoy that quite a bit. Bella also seems to have vampire transformation second thoughts. Next week we will be reading chapters 16-27 of book 3 in the series, Eclipse.
We wrap up New Moon with, as always, a huge amount of action. Alice returns, Bella and her run to Italy. The Cullens return; they say they want Bella to become a vampire, and Jacob breaks Bella’s heart. We have a lot of relationship material to catch up on. The startings of a love triangle is forming with Jacob, and Bella continues to be clear that those feelings are not reciprocal. Men not respecting Bella’s feelings. But what else is new! Next week we will be reading chapters 1-15 of book 3 in the series, Eclipse.
This week we discuss the first half of New Moon as Edward and the Cullens leave, Bella spirals into a deep depression, and Jacob becomes a werewolf. We have a lot to say about Edward’s behavior, as well as the lack of respect for Bella’s feelings that most of the boys display. We dig into Bella’s depression and rebellion and we tap into some new discoveries for both Asia and Charles. The back and forth in this episode really shows our favorite aspect of our podcast, the difference in perspective that a new reader and a re-reader bring to a book. Next week we will be reading chapters 14-24 of book 2 in the series, New Moon.
Edward and Bella’s relationship quickly escalates, and then chaos ensues. Just as Bella gets truly comfortable with her relationship with Charlie as well, Bella gets to meet the rest of the Cullens. Then there is a big chase and big drama. We discuss their relationship dynamics and merits. Charles has lots to say and of course Asia has to back up her beloved Twilight. Should Edward convert Bella into a vampire? If so, when? What do you think? Find out what we think! Next week we will be reading chapters 1-13 of book 2 in the series, New Moon.
We finally start our 3rd series of the podcast, the Twilight Saga. Charles gets his first taste of Bella and Edward, and Asia is just overjoyed sharing the book with him. We get into the plot, and characters so far. We also start discussing some of the social media and pop culture portrayals of the saga because it does always seem to arouse incredibly strong feelings whether positive or negative. Is Edward a stalker, based on information so far? Listen to find out! Next week we will be reading chapters 14-24 of book 1 in the series, Twilight.
This week we wrap up the second series of our podcast, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. We finish The Enchantress and obviously, there is plenty to say. We discuss character arcs, Marethyu’s identity, and Sophie’s rather anticlimactic finish. Of course, we do throw in some horror and mispronunciation, but we do enjoy the ending of the series, and agree that this whole series was geared towards a slightly older age demographic than Percy Jackson. We’ve enjoyed our mythology, but we’re really looking forward to our new series and the vampires and a completely different genre. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-13 of book 1 in our new series, the Twilight Saga.
We dive into the final book of the series as our characters move into preparation for the endgame. We have a huge convergence of good guys trying to beat the monsters on Alcatraz and then our other good guys on Danu Talis. We discuss Marethyu, Isis and Osiris, and Josh of course. We’re really excited about the final battle(s), and finally getting answers to our many questions. The tension is building, and we’re so close to resolution. Next week, we finish our second series of the podcast. Next week we will be reading chapters 41-79 of book 6 in the series, The Enchantress.
Things are coming to a head as the monsters start to be released, and our large contingents of good guys and recently converted bad guys are doing everything they can to thwart that. Sophie and Josh both learn more magic, and Sophie learns a lot about Tsagaglalal and Abraham. It is becoming very clear how much of this story was pre-planned and expected. Of course, we have Josh bashing because that is the theme of our show, and we prep for the final book in our series. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-40 of book 6 in the series, The Enchantress.
We left off last week with a really big moment of Josh leaving Sophie to officially join team bad-guy. You already know that we have plenty to say about that. In this reading we get a big reveal of Aunt Agnes’ true identity as well as more proof of Machiavelli and Billy’s humanity. We also celebrate our boss women, good or bad, so we have love for Perenelle, Scathach, and Virginia. We also start to move into more discussion of the inevitability of the events of the series and we can feel that tension continuing to build. Next week we will be reading chapters 29-56 of book 5 in the series, The Warlock.
This week we wrap up The Necromancer, and boy is this episode a doozy. We have a lot of suspense with the hook-handed man, and some awesome discussion about Machiavelli’s humanity. Most importantly, Josh learns fire magic and gets lured away by Dee. After a big battle and when given the choice, Josh turns his back on Sophie and leaves her in favor of Dee and Dare. Obviously, we have a lot of thought about that. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-28 of book 5 in the series, The Warlock.
Diving into the second half of the series, we have a reading that basically recalibrates the story and tone for the second half of the series. Machiavelli and Dee revel in their failures but already develop plans to protect themselves. We meet Scatty’s twin sister and get lots of Josh suspicion. So clearly we have a lot to say. Francis is on the chase trying to find Joan, and Perenelle and Nicholas basically lay down the law for the rest of the series. Next week we will be reading chapters 34-66 of book 4 in the series, The Necromancer.
We wrap up Perenelle’s book with her being an absolute boss. We spend a good portion of this episode just raving about her intellect and powers. Sophie and Josh learn water magic, and while we don’t lay into Josh as much as usual, we definitely have some words for him. Our cast of characters seems to grow and they get increasingly more spread out, but at least we do have a return of Scatty. Both Dee and Machiavelli have failed in their missions, so we are on the look-out for their punishments and how they will respond. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-33 of book 4 in the series, The Necromancer.
We head into Perenelle’s book with her facing off against all manner of attacks on Alcatraz, and Nicholas leading the twins around London. With both twins awakened and powerful, their behavior has changed, and arguably, not for the better. We meet some more immortals, both good and bad, and our first Archon. Also we continue to talk about the divide between Dee and Machiavelli, and the importance of this growing rift. We end on a cliffhanger on both plot lines, not knowing what will happen with any of our characters. Oh, and Scatty is still in the river. Next week we will be reading chapters 36-70 of book 3 in the series, The Sorceress.
This week we have the attack of the Disir and Nidhogg attacks our crew and rampages through Paris. Josh gets brave and gets awakened, but still no love from us, and he needs his sister to come save him from his own stupidity. We discuss Dee and Machiavelli’s motives and approaches to Josh, and we start to see Josh’s skepticism rubbing off on Sophie. Ultimately though, we end book 2 in a relatively good place. Nicholas is safe with both twins awakened, Perenelle rules Alcatraz, but Scatty is still underwater. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-35 of book 3 in the series, The Sorceress.
This week we dive into our second book of our second series, The Magician. Transported to Paris, our crew is looking for allies, while their enemies seem to only be growing in number. Josh is also really really trying to get on our bad side and join the enemy cause. We meet a bunch more immortal humans; Josh gets a sword, and Sophie learns fire magic. Perenelle is still alone in SF, but she seems to be doing just fine on her own, though it looks like that might change soon. Next week we will be reading chapters 28-55 of book 2 in the series, The Magician.
We wrap up our first book of our second series, The Alchemyst. This section includes a lot of magic, Perenelle awesomeness, and Dee evil. We meet Endor, the coolest grandma and get some more answers to Asia’s questions. We also have an iconic and dramatic fall from grace for Josh, and Charles really let’s Asia lay into Josh’s emotional immaturity. This is a really fun episode in which you can get a lot more of our individual personalities shining through. Next week we will be reading chapters 1-27 of book 2 in the series, The Magician.
This week we break into series number two, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel! We read the first half of The Alchemyst, and we start our new world building, learning all about auras, magic, and Elders. This week we have a really great time swapping the roles. Charles finally gets to fill in plot questions for Asia since she was always answering his questions during Percy Jackson. As always, we have fun with pronunciation and we discuss each other’s aura scents, so that alone is worth listening to. Next week we will be reading chapters 22-41 of book 1 in the series, The Alchemyst.
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