It’s Friday — and a long weekend for those of y’all who have the day off — so EVERYBODY IN THE (BOOK) CLUB, GET PRO-TIPSY. To the links!

ICYMI on FYA

We celebrated the 30th anniversary of Newsies with Sarah’s Highly Scientific Analysis — incl. a drinking game! (Also celebrating an milestone this week: Bend It Like Beckham turned 20!)

For this week’s Stream It, Kandis fulfills her sacred duty as our resident Jamie Dornan filmography expert with The Tourist (Season #1).

In book reports:

  • Rosemary reviewed Mindy McGinnis’ latest novel, The Last Laugh (The Initial Insult #2), and desperately needs more of y’all to read this duology: “It is WILD and I have no one to talk about it with because no one I know has read it! But also fair warning it’s D A R K.”

Book Things

44 new LGBTQA+ YA novels you need this spring.

Newly announced books include Stateless by Elizabeth Wein (March 2023) and The Unders by Eugene Lee Yang (Spring 2024).

Very sad news: author Huntley Fitzpatrick has passed away. (Check out our reviews of her books here.)

Onscreen Things

OH MY GODS, it’s like this news was fated to drop during my Pro-Tips week: the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Disney+ series has cast its lead! (Check out our PJO content here.)

Also in book adaptations: Lilliam Rivera’s Never Look Back, a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, will be adapted by Amazon Studios.

For those of us who have been obsessed with The Dropout (and have finished it, because this article has spoilers).

Profile on Ke Huy Quan, star of the the movie that I’m currently most desperate for it to hit home viewing, Everything Everywhere All At Once. I am loving the Ke Huy Quanaissance!

Nominees for the 82nd Annual Peabody Awards include Pen15, Reservation Dogs, We Are Lady Parts, and Yellowjackets.

The 2022 Cannes line-up has been announced.

The latest edition of “Was this movie pitch written by Mad Libs?”: Spirit Halloween store film in the works starring Christopher Lloyd and Rachael Leigh Cook. (“The store is haunted by an angry evil spirit who has possessed the creepy animatronic characters”, which reminds me of The Merryville Brothers. CAST BILL HADER NEXT, YOU COWARDS.)

Turning Red and Baby-Sitters Club: Why can’t Hollywood make more TV and movies for tween girls?” GOOD QUESTION.

Friday Night Lights crushes, ranked. Did I immediately jump to the end to see who claimed the top spot? Obvs. (Check out our Friday Night Lights content here.)

Trailer for the series adaptation of Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper (April 22).

Trailer for Stranger Things 4 (Volume 1: May 27; Volume 2: July 1). (Check out our review of the first season here.)

Trailer for the series adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Conversation with Friends (May 15).

We missed this a couple of weeks ago, but I’m making the rules so of course I’m shouting out the Season 2 teaser for my beloved Selena Gomez‘s other very fun show, Only Murders in the Building (June 28), which was also among this year’s Peabody nominees.

Abbott Elementary Things

Yes, this gem of a show gets its own section this week because it just wrapped up a wonderful first season!

Abbott Elementary is the new model for network-sitcom success.

The costume designer breaks down her favourite Season 1 looks. (LOVE THIS: “We really want to keep it at what these people could afford, as much as we possibly can.”)

Feature on Quinta Brunson.

“The joy of Abbott Elementary is its lesson about fulfilling work.”

Social Media Things

Pretending that Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin’s wedding is the epilogue of Crash Landing on You and no one can tell me otherwise.

FYI: A Knight’s Tale is streaming on Starz and Spectrum On Demand in the U.S. and Netflix in Canada!

More Y2K-era nostalgia!

This is very cute (and tangentially related to next month’s FYA Book Club pick, Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon — which is also currently a Kindle deal via this affiliated link).

The fashion and misogyny were bad enough the first time around, so I certainly hope not.

Lol I truly would not be allowed to leave, so I hope they have long-term housing.

Congratulations to all those celebrating a new arrival!

Miscellaneous Things

How am I going to shoehorn in a BTS mention into this post? They’re concluding their Las Vegas mini residency this weekend, and it’s no exaggeration to say that they’ve taken over Sin City.


That’s it for this week. Feel free to share your thoughts on these or any links we may have missed in the comments below!

Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she’s been overseeing all things FYA Book Club since 2013.