Episode 83 – Handbook for Mortals

Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem

Kelly Jensen (Book Riot editor, co-host of Book Riot’s Hey YA podcast, & editor of Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World) joined us for the 23-hour bestseller, Handbook for Mortals by Lani Sarem. We’re so glad that CSI: YA solved this case and brought the book off the bestseller list, because, wow, it is not good. Join us for a story about a girl who’s pretty, but not, like, too pretty? But pretty enough that her magick (with a k) brings all the boys to the yard, including Wayne Newton and Carrot Top. For real: Carrot Top is in the yard. Enjoy!

Readers advisory: Here.

Special note: If you’re reading this the day it comes out, 10/9/17, it’s the last day to enter our raffle to benefit hurricane relief for Puerto Rico! (If you’re reading this in the future: greetings. Sorry you missed our raffle.)

Footnotes:  Did This Book Buy Its Way Onto The New York Times Bestseller List?

The Story of Lani Sarem & Her Handbook for Mortals Is Peak White Entitlement

The Making (and Unmaking) of a 23-Hour New York Times Best Seller

Author Removed From New York Times Best-Seller List Fires Back at Critics

The Story Of “My Immortal” Is More Wild And Heartbreaking Than You Imagined

My Immortal memoir canceled: Author says she’s been ‘branded a liar’

Candy pairing:  Kait says Raven’s Revenge, Kelly says Fun Dip, Renata says a stolen maraschino cherry.

Coming up next: Lizzie Borden by Elizabeth Engstrom.


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