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As a fun and engaging website for young people, The Young Folks’ main focus is to deliver a young approach to film, books, music, television, video games, etc. to those in need of a fresh and relatable perspective.

We often see a disconnect between professional critics and young people when it comes to pop culture. Therefore, we want to give the young folks of the world a chance to read and learn about the latest in entertainment in a way that isn’t condescending or diminutive of the young people pop culture. Everything on The Young Folks is written by young people from all over the world.

Founded by Gabrielle Bondi and Luciana Villalba, we are proud of the work provided by our amazing team of writers. Learn more about them later in the post. Click on each writer’s name to see an archive of their work for The Young Folks.

You can also find us on Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube & Facebook.

If you would like to make a review request, please visit our Review Policy page & contact us through there. Thank you!

If you would like to join the TYF team, details on open positions, responsibilities and how to apply here!
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Alejandra Torres

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Alejandra Torres is a 21 year old from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature. She loves books, television, and movies. Some of her other favorite things include: leftovers (food—not the show), cookie dough, and her pet poodles, Benji and Bella. She hates Miami traffic but loves XM radio, so basically, it’s complicated. In a battle between contacts or trendy, oversized glasses, the latter wins because lets face it, contacts are a lot more dangerous than some people might think. Her latest binge victim was Parks & Recreation. She “literally” got through six seasons faster than the Millennium Falcon kicks into warp speed. Finally, her favorite shows include: Game of Thrones and Pretty Little Liars—because it doesn’t matter whether a girl is from Dragonstone or Rosewood, fashion is key.

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Matt Rice

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Matt is 21 years old, and lives in Ypsilanti, MI. He goes to school at Eastern Michigan University, where he is double majoring in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies. He is a pop culture geek, obsessively consuming music and, more recently, T.V. Since he was 16, he has wanted to be a music critic, and he spends most of his free time listening, researching, and writing.

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Daniel Waters

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Daniel spends his free time writing code to make the world a better place! His favorite thing to do is read and is really in to the Young Adult genre at the moment. In addition, he is a co-founder of ShamelessTV.co. You can often find him scouring the internet for pictures of kittens.

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Hannah Atkins

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Hannah is a twenty-something born and bred Capetonian who adores reading and reviewing books, and encouraging critical discussion on all things pop culture. Currently a politics graduate student, she spent two years working in digital marketing before deciding she missed the student life. Loves QI, travel, dark chocolate, fantasy & YA books, pilates and sarcasm.

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Joey Daniewicz

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Joey’s a 24-year-old who graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris and now lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. He enjoys art, activism, and politics, especially when he’s looking at them through a lens of popular culture. First and foremost he’s obsessed with popular music, but aside from what you’d expect, he’s also into comic strips, graphic novels, cartoons, and indie games made for mobile phones (his highest tile in Threes is 3,072). He’ll tell you that his favorite book of all time is Goodnight Moon. He needs more people in his life who understand the joys of Achewood.

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Matthew Goudreau

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Matt is a 21-year-old film buff and recent graduate from The University of Rhode Island.  Growing up in a small town in the smallest state, Matt began developing a taste in film and general geekdom at a young age.  After years of watching various DC and Marvel animated television shows as a boy, Matt has become quite the aficionado in the realm of comic books. Towards the end of middle school, Matt began delving  into the world of film by watching anything he could get his hands on. Nowadays, his tastes range from classic film noir and the mind bending works of David Cronenberg to the latest trends on the independent scene. Don’t worry; he’s still one for the latest film in the Marvel  Cinematic Universe or DC animated adventure. Comics aren’t the only source of literature Matt enjoys. He can sometimes be spotted reading the works of Stephen King or even the plays of William Shakespeare. As an aspiring film critic and screenwriter, Matt is always looking for inspiration and new ideas.

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Jon Winkler

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Jon Winkler is a 21-year-old movie/music nerd attending Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY by way of Merrimack, NH. He loves watching, listening to, dissecting, mocking and talking about movies, television, music, video games and comics. He enjoys a good cheeseburger, believes CDs and vinyl are superior, likes to make people smile if they’re having a rough day, and is rumored to be Batman (unconfirmed)

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Josh Cabrita

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Josh is an 19-year-old film critic who probably spends more time watching movies than you spend not watching movies. His tastes are unabashedly snobby and he tries to watch and promote Canadian films (despite the fact that most of them suck). Josh is currently taking a double major in philosophy and film studies. He also likes to point out why your opinions are fallacious by quoting the definition of ad hominem, ad populum, and ad nauseam. Notice how he just used an Oxford comma? He’s kind of pretentious like that.

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Brooke Pawling Stennett

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Brooke Pawling Stennett is a college student pursuing a degree in Multimedia Journalism and Creative Non-Fiction in the old Windy City. She tends to lean toward the obsessive side of the tracks when it comes to books and music. She’s an avid concert attendee (at least she tries to!) and rambler. She’d like to travel the world and write about it, but in the only ways she knows how: sarcastically and full of internet jargon. Her opinions are her best ones, especially if they involve boy-bands and Netflix. . .even though she doesn’t have her own account. You can tweet her at @br_stennett and tell her how ridiculous (and totally great!) her opinions are.
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Grant Jonsson

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Grant is a 23-year-old University student currently completing a double major in English/Creative Writing and Communication, Media and Film.  He has been watching movies since before he was born, (his parents saw The Fugitive only 3 short days before being delivered), and he hasn’t stopped since.  Entertainment is his obsession, with books, video games, television, and of course film consuming the dwindling hours of each day.  Writing reviews for film and entertainment is the ultimate dream, but you still won’t be able to drag him away from developing that next possible novel idea.  He loves a good debate, but only if you promise to know what you’re talking about; all in good fun of course.  Send him a line, he’s always happy to chat.
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Alexander Suffolk

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Alexander Suffolk is a 20-something living a hella cool life in California. His hobbies include complaining about how little he’s writing, missing college, judging his peers, and seeking validation for his life choices. His favorite video games often involve guns, magic, or both. He has a small shrine built to George R. R. Martin. He can’t tell if he wants to be Don Draper, Walter White, or Rick Grimes when he grows up. He believes the original “Star Wars” trilogy to be the best movies period, and he’s willing to fight you over that fact. To the death. With a lightsaber.
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Justin Carreiro

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Justin is a fun-loving twenty-something living in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada. He loves keeping up with pop culture, his favorite shows, and casually snapping photos on his phone for social media. He spends most of his day in the Communications and Social Media world but when he’s not, he’s an avid TV buff, movie fan and gamer. Big Brother, Survivor (anything reality TV really!), Buffy and Veronica Mars are some of his top shows. A guilty pleasure horror flick or video game usually can catch his eye! He’s been playing games (board & video) since childhood and has loved it since. His greatest gaming challenge? He vows to one day win a game of Catan.
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Michael Fairbanks

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When Michael Fairbanks first saw Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film back in 2002, everything changed. The experience began a lifelong passion for cinema that has gone undeterred since. In 2009 he began reviewing movies on Youtube, which ultimately sprang into a WordPress Blog entitled Fairbanks on Film, and an entertainment reporting job at Guys Gab.com He is currently studying screenwriting at Chapman University. Aside from seeing movies, Michael enjoys making bad puns while playing video games, going on long late night drives, and socializing over large plates of food.
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Caryn Welby-Solomon

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Caryn is a 26-year-old news journalist from Cape Town, South Africa. She believes people will be more tolerable if they just watched more TV. Otherwise she’s obsessed with movies, literally any book, comedy, Marvel, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Halsey and Taylor Swift. Her dream is to one day marry Tom Hiddleston, or take over the world, whatever comes first.
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AJ Caulfield

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AJ Caulfield is a 21-year-old writer from Naples, Florida. She recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (go Eagles!) with a B.A. in English. She’s been writing fiction since she was a young little bean, and she names J.K. Rowling as the author who made her want to be one too. (Part of her will always wish she was Hermione Granger.) AJ loves 80’s rock music and old-school Saturday Night Live, rainy-day movie marathons and homemade pizza, and Mad Men and terrible puns. You can keep up with her on Twitter and Instagram, both @aj_caulfield.

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Matt Conway

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Matt Conway has been writing about entertainment and sports on the internet for nearly four years. Growing up a film and television fan in the wonderful state of Massachusetts, he grew a strong attachment to personal dramas. Teaming up his fandom for the world of entertainment along with his love of writing was just in all too natural fit for Matt. He can be often found at the local cineplex, eating at the local restaurants or playing basketball at any basketball court across Mass.

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Gary Shannon

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Gary is a 21-year-old self-proclaimed film snob whose favorite genre is “anything, as long as it’s good.” He once ran a modestly successful but brief YouTube film channel and loves hearing himself talk. He is an avid reader of books, comics and manga, a player of video games and insanely obsessed with pop culture and how it currently shapes our society today. He is a college student with no clear prospect but is certain that it must be something in the field of entertainment—be it journalism, writing or film. When not at school or work, he spends his times mostly writing, watching or reading.

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Donald Strohman

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Donald Strohman is a recent Pennsylvania State University film graduate currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, playing video games and especially loves writing about both. He’s worked for previous writers’ websites such as the satire site “The Black Sheep” and the IOS application review site “Game Deck.” He looks forward to seeing what he creates with the talented team of The Young Folks.

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Ashley Bulayo

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Ash is a teenager trapped in a 23-year-old body. When she’s not writing for The Young Folks, you can try and catch her juggling becoming a successful YouTuber, working for her local radio station, writing for different publications or bingewatching any and every television show ever made. She owes everything she’s learned to Lizzie McGuire, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Unfabulous. She’s a pop culture fanatic so yeah, she tend to pray to the entertainment lords begging for MTV to finally hire her. When she’s not updating her dog with her life stories, she tweets some pretty cool things from time to time.

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Tyler Christian

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Tyler Christian is a 22-year-old recent graduate of UC Irvine with a BA in Film & Media Studies. After viewing a double feature of Pulp Fiction and Scarface in his early teens, film became his biggest passion. He has had a number of film-related ventures over the last couple years, including making several appearances on The Rotten Tomatoes Show, doing movie reviews on Youtube under the account “CaliCriticReviews,” and editing the Arts & Entertainment section of his college newspaper for two years. Currently he also contributes to CutPrintFilm.com and is always making new additions to his Netflix and Amazon Prime instant queues.
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Yana Grebenyuk

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Yana is a writer, reader, shipper and overall TV junkie. She is currently studying to become a writer in between fangirling on Twitter, watching too many shows on Netflix and meticulously planning her future.

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Amber Mack

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Amber Mack is a 20-year-old from Atlanta, Georgia attending UWG (Go Wolves!), and is working to obtain a degree in Convergence Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing. She loves, poetry, books (preferably YA), music and Netflix. When she’s not attending classes, she writing poetry and/or songs while enjoying excessive binges of Gilmore Girls and Charmed. Some of her favorite things include: mashed potatoes, her cat Onyx, singing even though everyone is watching, making up random songs, and anything 90’s to 2007. When she’s not around people you’ll find her dancing alone in her room. She has a brain full of random facts that are quite interesting. Right now, her obsession is Troye Sivan but that won’t change anytime soon.

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Melissa Linares

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Melissa is a 21-year-old English major at Florida International University in Miami. She has been passionate about storytelling for as long as she can remember. She loves literature, film, and television; any great story that can make her cry really. Her dreams include working in film or publishing in order to get great stories told. She is an unashamed and unapologetic fangirl of way too many fictional characters and is still waiting for her Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive in the mail.

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Anthony Guivas

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Anthony is a 23-year-old Public Administration graduate from Florida International University who currently resides in Miami, FL. Aside from writing for the Young Folks Anthony also runs his own movie review channel on YouTube titled Guivas Movie Reviews. If Anthony is not writing or editing he’s more than likely watching a James Bond classic at home while quietly mouthing the lines to himself.

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