Six YA Books for Your Audiobook TBR

A collage of the covers included in this article

Grab your headphones, readers. If you’re looking for your next audiobook, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to get lost in a fantasy world, a mystery, or a contemporary tale, these young adult audiobooks are sure to captivate. Some are even on NetGalley and if you’re approved you can listen to them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review on the book’s pub date!

You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao, narrated by Soneela Nankani

Earlier this year, we named You’ve Reached Sam a debut to read before 2021 is over. The book follows Julie, who calls her late boyfriend’s cell just to hear his voice and is amazed when he answers her call. Julie finally has a chance to say goodbye, but isn’t ready to let go.

How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters, narrated by Silas Whitaker

This book first hit shelves in the fall of 2019, and now the audiobook is available for new and familiar readers to connect with Remy Cameron. After being assigned an essay about identity, Remy looks at the intersections of his own as a Black gay adoptee and wonders what defines him.

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann, narrated by Caroline Sorunke

This is another 2019 title being newly released in audio! Recent high school graduate Winnie is preparing to head off for college in the fall, but her summer is turning out to be more intense than she imagined with a TV cooking competition, a race to save her granny’s diner, and learning to follow her heart.

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood, narrated by Nneka Okoye

One of our 20 fall and winter must-reads, Lauren Blackwood’s novel is an Ethiopian-inspired fantasy retelling of Jane Eyre. Andromeda arrives at Magnus Rochester’s home prepared to cleanse it, but once she arrives she senses far more sinister forces at work.

The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker, narrated by Rebecca Yeo

If you’re looking for a fantasy audiobook, check out Kylie Lee Baker’s debut! Half British Reaper and half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough feels like an outsider in London and travels to Japan in the hopes of feeling more at home. Instead, she becomes a servant for the Goddess of Death.

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon, narrated by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Dion Graham, Imani Parks, Jordan Cobb, Shayna Small, A.J. Beckles, and Bahni Turpin

For readers who want a book that lets them experience the talents of a variety of both authors and narrators, Blackout is a must-listen. Set during a New York City heatwave, this anthology links together six stories. Each section follows teens whose lives change once the lights go out.

Once you’ve finished listening, check out these tips for writing an audiobook review!

Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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