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The Plugged In Show, Episode 138: The Summer I Turned Pretty & Where the Crawdads Sing

A young couple sit talking on a beach, looking pensive.


Every now and then, something seems to come out of nowhere to become the thing everyone’s watching and talking about. Well, the teens are talking about, anyway. And that’s exactly the case with author Jenny Han. Even though many of her YA books were published a decade or more ago, they’re seeing a huge surge in interest thanks to television and movie adaptations on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

This week, we’re talk about the latest story from Jenny Han to get the Hollywood treatment: The Summer I Turned Pretty, now streaming on Prime Video. You won’t want to miss our conversation about this show (and the books behind it) if you’ve got a tween or teen girl who’s locked on to Jenny Han’s popular novels.

And that’s not the only page-to-screen conversation we’re exploring this week. Making the jump to the big screen is author Delia Owens immensely popular story Where the Crawdads Sing. If you or someone you know has read this book, and you’re curious about the movie adaptation, make sure you stick around for our second segment this week.

So take a listen, and then tell us what you think about this week’s discussion. Are you or your kids reading one or more of these popular novels? You can share your thoughts and experiences on Plugged In’s Facebook and Instagram, or shoot us an email at [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you.

And be sure to check out the links below that we reference in the show!

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.