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7 Audiobooks About Reinvention and Self-Discovery

Wanting to change yourself, learning to live with your past, and then figuring out who you are is a journey that everyone takes. It’s no surprise that many authors decide to write about it.

From fiction to nonfiction and heartbreak to hearts full of love, the girls and women featured in these audiobooks take listeners along with them as they reinvent, forgive, and accept themselves. Join them in their journeys:

“A luminous, lovely story about a girl who builds a future from the ashes of her past.” —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager…except her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, and sometimes people spontaneously burst into tears when they recognize her. She decides to spend the summer before her seventeenth birthday incognito as a camp counselor, but then she meets Noah Stern and nothing goes as planned.

Author: Emma Straub
Read By: Molly Ringwald

“Big-hearted…a witty examination of the psychic costs of reinvention in Hollywood’s golden age.” —The Washington Post

The enchanting story of a midwestern girl who escapes a family tragedy and is remade as a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age.

Author: Ani DiFranco
Read By: Ani DiFranco

“[DiFranco] manages to shed new light on how a young, talented woman created enough momentum to slingshot herself beyond her town’s suffocating gravitational pull and create an entirely new solar system, populated with an orbit of planets and moons of her own devising.” —Rolling Stone

In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman’s eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani is living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams.

Author: Jojo Moyes
Read By: Anna Acton

“Transitioning smoothly between Lou and the wide range of diverse supporting characters, Acton navigates Lou’s journey of self-discovery with humor and authenticity.” —AudioFile

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life. She wants to keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles, but soon mixes in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan. When matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

Author: Nina LaCour
Read By: Jorjeana Marie

“A moving portrait of a girl struggling to rebound after everything she’s known has been thrown into disarray.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel, but Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid.

“The focus here is on a young woman finding her place in this world—both literally and figuratively—and it’s hard to say goodbye to Hagler when the narration is over.” —AudioFile

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, Mclean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move – four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, Mclean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona. But now, for the first time, Mclean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself—whoever that is.

“[A] vivid, touching and ultimately inspiring account of a life unraveling, and of the journey that put it back together.” —The Wall Street Journal

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.