Is it cringe to say Friyay? Yeah, I don’t care. IT’S FRIYAY!


Stephanie introduces you to March’s FYA Book Club pick, The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh.

A new month means a new FYA Reading Challenge prompt: YA books from the 1930s and 1940s!

In book reviews:

  • Brian feels WAY too old after reading Retro by Sofia Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman
  • Mandy C. digs the magic and mystery of Revelle by Lyssa Mia Smith.
  • As she writes in her review of Undying, Regina continues to be intrigued by the complex antagonists in the Unearthed series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Amanda closed out this year’s Grown-Up Guide to Romance with a focus on another favorite trope, Second Chance Romance (featuring a review of Before I Let Go by Kennedy Ryan).

Stephanie recaps the latest episode of The Last of Us, which like, maybe ruined the mall for all of us?

Mandy C. promises you that Andor is more than just a Star Wars show.

Book Related Things

UGH, we’re not getting a Sloppy Firsts adaptation… yet. (Related: our upcoming YA Adaptation Madness!)

Excellent piece in The Atlantic about the impact and legacy of Judy Blume (and the upcoming adaptation of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret).

Audiobooks have slowly taken over my life, and I love it.”

Five more extremely unscientific methods for picking your next book.

Onscreen Things

My celebrity BFF Mae Whitman’s new series, Up Here, looks faaaaantastic:

This isn’t regular news, it’s cool news. Busy Phillips has been cast as Mrs. George in the Mean Girls movie musical! (Check out Stephanie’s review of the musical and Mandy W.’s Highly Scientific Analysis of the film.)

Rolling Stone chronicles how HBO’s The Idol (aka the next Euphoria) became “twisted torture porn.”

The Centers of Attention in Rian Johnson’s very modern murder mysteries.

Social Media Things

So, this week was an embarrassment of SMG riches. First, there was this:

And then there was Pedro Pascal’s reaction to that:

(Here’s the recap of that episode from our Buffy Rewatch Project.)

And THEN, there was this most incredible account of how Sarah Michelle Gellar is legit a lifesaver:

Speaking of Sarahs we love, this is a hot 100% accurate take:

I can’t stop laughing about this:

These Jennifer Coolidge photos care of the Daniels are EVERYTHING (everywhere) (all at once):

Amazing, no notes (related: our Derry Girls review):

Clearly, every airport needs this:


wichita public library has the most delightful short story dispenser at the airport!

♬ original sound – KimEngineers

Miscellaneous Things

On one hand, we don’t really need more Marvel spin-offs. On the other hand, we definitely need this:

Sarah lives in Austin, and believes there is no such thing as a guilty pleasure, which is part of why she started FYA in 2009. Growing up, she thought she was a Mary Anne, but she's finally starting to accept the fact that she's actually a Kristy.