Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen is about one girl’s struggle to find the light, even as her whole world has been plunged into darkness. (Transcript)

 

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In today’s episode…

 

In Justina Chen’s newest novel, Lovely, Dark, and Deep, Viola Li has her life plan figured out—she wants to become a journalist in the most dangerous parts of the world, the opposite of her risk-averse parents. But when she suddenly develops a light sensitivity that leaves her unable to go outside or even sit under a bright light, all her dreams start to seem impossible. Viola has to figure out a way to keep her some control over her life as she struggles to navigate relationships with her parents, sister, and new potential-boyfriend, all while trying to avoid the blistering light that can be dangerous and even lethal.

 

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Episode highlights…

 

Spoiler-Free

*1:20 Amanda’s childhood obsession with Dean Koontz

*2:35 Danielle’s “always” obsession with Firefly

*4:11 Viola’s parents, the crisis managers

 

Things We Like a Latte:

 

Danielle: A game show escape room 

 

Amanda: The video game Okami

                   

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Spoiler-Informed

*10:16 The thread of Firefly that runs through this whole novel

*14:54 The ‘resolution’ of this book compared to Everything, Everything

*16:20 We loved Viola’s ‘third option’

 

 

More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…

 

One themes of Lovely, Dark, and Deep is Viola’s love of the show Firefly. If you listened to the episode you will know that Danielle is also a huge Firefly fan. (It’s a great show, gone too soon, y’all *sniffle*.) Learn more about how to use TV shows in your ELA classroom.

 

 

 

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Credits…

 

Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at teachnouvelle.com)

          & Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)

Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon

 

Thanks to Scholastic for the review copy!

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