Putting the YA in FRIYAY: Looking For Alaska

Last week, the much anticipated adaption of John Green’s Looking For Alaska premiered on CBC Gem. We were so excited, we sat down to live tweet the first episode on Tuesday – catch up on the thread here:

Want more Looking For Alaska content? Back in October when the show premiered on Hulu, our friends at Penguin Teen did a live tweet of the first episode too:

They also put together a recap on their blog and a fun fact-filled video:

And now we want to hear from YOU! Have you read Looking For Alaska? Or watched the show? Let us know your thoughts and we’ll add them below!

“It’s been almost a decade since I read it so my memory of the story itself is pretty vague, but it was one of the books I loved in the height of me reading YA as a teen, and it holds a really good nostalgic feel for me! I’m excited to dive back into the story during quarantine, since I’ve been enjoying some old hobbies of mine and rewatching things for nostalgia’s sake.”  – emilykatereads

You can also check out this podcast episode from Canadians Brenna and Joe for a different take!

Putting the YA in FRIYAY: Introducing #PenguinFlashback

Hello and welcome to the first edition of #PenguinFlashback! Each month, we’re picking a different theme and featuring one of our fave books from years past that match the theme. This month, we’re talking “Swoony Couples” so we had to gush about Every Breath and Every Word by Ellie Marney.
And now here’s the fun part: we need your help! Next month’s theme is “Girl Boss” – you have until February 21 to comment on our Instagram post and suggest your favourite Penguin Random House YA book featuring a girl boss (aka “strong female character”). Then check back here in March to see which one was nominated. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

By Ellie Marney
ISBN 9781770497726 | Hardcover
Ages 14+ | Tundra Books
Release date: October 14, 2014
When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft’s numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft’s passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn’t right–and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder. While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he’s busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion’s den–literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again…
By Ellie Marney
ISBN 9781770497757 | Hardcover
Ages 14+ | Tundra Books
Release date: September 8, 2015
James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents … without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his ‘partner in crime’. Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behavior – not that Mycroft’s ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him … and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble. The theft of a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft’s parents…. Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events – or will she lose him forever? Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo.