Happy February, friends. How’s 2022 treating you, now that we’re more than a month in?


Rosemary kicked off our Grown Up’s Guide to Romance Novels with a review of the first three novels in Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarian series, and Sarah shared the discussion questions for this month’s FYA Book Club selection, Nicola Yoon’s Instructions for Dancing.

And have you read this week’s Book Reports?

Book-Related Things

The third Dreamer Trilogy book has a name (albeit a bit of an anticlimactic one.)

“Book bans in schools are catching fire. Black authors say uproar isn’t about students.”

It’s a little frustrating that we have to continue to have the “what is YA” conversation, but I’m glad we have an ambassador like Jason Reynolds on our side.

Onscreen Things

Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn is getting adapted!

As is Brian Zepka’s ​​The Temperature of Me and You.

Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard on making the original Scream and its legacy: “We did feel like a group of outcasts that came together. You know, 6 a.m. getting off work and we’d be rolling into the hotel half caked in sticky syrup and blood as people are rolling out to go on their wine tours in Napa Valley.”

The new casting news for the Party Down reboot is v. exciting.

Some of the folks who made Studio Ghibli also worked on the animation for The Last Unicorn.

HRH Connie Britton is rejoining forces with FNL showrunner Jason Katims for a new Apple TV drama series.

Multimedia Things

Harry Potter warning, but this is v. cute.

Few of us at FYA HQ still watch Grey’s, but this still seems accurate.

This is just 🤯.

(The photographer’s IG.)

The fancasting in this thread is A+++.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Happy Friday!

Twilight x Encanto.

We are very into Viola Davis’ action hero era.

(Read our classic review here.)

Dolly x WAP


#duet with @mk_guitar i apologise to both Dolly Partin ans Cardi B for this cursed video. #Fyp #foryoupage #dollyparton #wap #cardiB #impression

♬ original sound – Mrinal Kanwar

We stan.

Miscellaneous Things

This is TOO GOOD: “55 Very Awkward Pictures Of Celebrities Posing With Things So They Could Get Them For Free That Will Never Not Be Funny.”

This feels like a Mad Libs headline: “Stage Musical Adaptation of the Book The Last Unicorn is in the Works With Fergie Attached.”

This article is a JOURNEY. (Spoiler alert: it’s about Shailene Woodley and Aaron Rodgers’ relationship.) Rachel Handler is a true journalistic hero.

Photos from and concept art of the new Studio Ghibli theme park.

“Why Black Women Are Divesting From Excellence & Embracing Mediocrity.”

What’d we miss? Add your fave distractions of the week in the comments.

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, son, and dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.