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Episode 108 – My Sweet Audrina

My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews

Out of the attic and into the rocking chair, we were joined by Sophie of Two Bossy Dames to read My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews. We were grudgingly impressed by how effectively Andrews gaslit us, the readers, because by the end of this book we had no idea which end was up anymore. Play this episode at your next tea party/seance!

Content warning: This book and our discussion of it contains sexual assault, physical & emotional abuse of a child, ableism, gaslighting, miscarriage, and pretty much any other upsetting topic you could imagine.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Episode #17 – Flowers in the Attic

Prisms and Bon-Bons: (Re)Reading V.C. Andrews’ My Sweet Audrina by Leila Roy

A Review of the Worst Book in History by Erin Callahan

Flowers in the Attic (The Appeal Thereof) by Sigrid Ellis

Girl Catches Boyfriend Gaslighting Her Then Tricks Him Into Watching The Movie “Gaslight”

Candy Pairing: Kait says a bowl full of marbles mistaken for jelly beans, Renata says two-year-old birthday cake, Sophie says prismatic rock candy.

Coming up next: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes by Kira Breed-Wrisley and Scott Cawthon.

 

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Episode 107 – 4th Anniversary Twilight Spectacular

D&D Players Handbook

It’s our 4th anniversary! Traditionally, we’ve read a new book from the Twilight saga each year to celebrate our anniversary. But last year, we finished the saga, so this year we decided to create our own Twilight adventure. Danielle (of Hello World Tarot) ran a Twilight-themed D&D (5th edition) adventure for Kait, Renata, and Amy (of WTF Is America?). Listen now to hear what happens when a dwarf, a half-elf, and a dark elf walk into a Steaks & Cakes in Forks, Washington and roll for initiative. Please accept 20 points of gratitude for listening to us for all these years!

Footnotes: Renata’s Wolverine character sheet

Episode 82 – Breaking Dawn

Episode 58 – Eclipse

Episode 40 – Twilight: Life & Death

Episode 31 – New Moon

Episode 1 – Twilight

Worst Bestsellers Drinking Game

The Adventure Zone

Critical Role

Roll20

Coming up next: My Sweet Audrina by V. C. Andrews.

 

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Episode 106 – Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

We teamed up with Anna and Alene from Bellwether Friends, our BFP (best friend podcast), to read about our nation’s greatest BFFs, Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Unfortunately for us, Andrew Shaffer’s political RPF mystery Hope Never Dies turned out to be light on the friendship and heavy-handed on the opioid crisis. Listen to this episode on your next Amtrak trip!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Watching President Obama Make a Bracelet for Joe Biden Gave Us Friendship Goals

18 Times Barack Obama And Joe Biden Were #FriendshipGoals

Obama and Biden are the ultimate crime-fighting team in ‘Hope Never Dies’

Stop, You’re Killing Me: List of Real People Mysteries

Fanfiction 101

Candy Pairing: Alene says a melted Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Anna says a Waffle House pecan waffle, Kait says White House M&Ms, Renata says almond milk.

Coming up next: 4th Anniversary Spectacular!

 

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Episode 105 – Sunset Island

Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett

As the sun goes down on this year’s Flashback Summer, we pay a visit to Sunset Island by Cherie Bennet. We’re joined by Denise (@DezDono), editor of the Gailsone series and one of the few people who remembers this 90s Sweet Valley High knockoff series. Listen now to hear about the lifestyles of a secretly rich babysitter and her horny middle-class friends!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: TeenReads bio of Cherie Bennett

Candy Pairing: Denise says Pop Rocks, Kait says OUCH Bubble Gum, Renata says a melting milkshake.

Coming up next: Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer.

 

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Episode 104 – House of Danger

House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery

If you’d like to continue with Flashback Summer, turn to page 2 for Kait, Renata, and Becca’s discussion of House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery. If you’re curious about the Choose Your Own Adventure franchise’s crossover into board game territory, roll a die. If you’re curious about how a single dangerous house can contain aliens, ghosts, carnivorous plants, and counterfeiting chimpanzees, listen to this episode now.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: North & Henderson Choose Their Own Adventure for Special “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” Issue

The Seven Most F***ed up Real ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

House of Danger on BoardGameGeek.com

Candy Pairing: Becca says banana Runts, Kait says a boardwalk candy store, Renata says a mall candy store.

Coming up next: Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 104 – House of Danger

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Episode 103 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell

Flashback Summer gathered around the campfire to read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell with our editor Becca. Put your hand in a bowl of peeled grapes and listen to hear how deeply upsetting Renata finds the formative stories of Kait’s childhood. Remember: the best way to make sure your friends know that you’re telling them a scary story is to end it with a scream!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: The 18 Most Egregious Art Replacements in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

I’m Glad They Changed The Art in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Candy Pairing: Becca says a big toe, Kait says peeled grapes,  Renata says peanut butter taffy.

Coming up next: The House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery.

 

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