Blossoming YA Romance Listens for Early Spring

Like tulips in the springtime, the audiobooks in this list go through all the various growth stages (of young love!). From the will-they-won’t-they crush phase to the depths of oh-no-I-didn’t-sign-up-for-this, listening to these audios will feel like falling in love for the first time. Stomach butterflies, cloudy brain, and heartache definitely included.

Arch-nemeses Emma and Sophia find themselves competing against one another for a coveted first-prize trip to a film festival in Los Angeles…what happens if their rivalry turns into a romance? I Think I Love You is a story full of laugh-out-loud humor and make-your-heart-melt moments, read by Emma Galvin & Brittany Pressley.

Evelyn Peters is desperate: for a way out of McNair Falls, to protect her little sister, to connect with anyone, even Ashton Harper, boyfriend of the girl Evelyn can never stop thinking about–tragically dead Reid Brewer. Then, a single night sends Evelyn and Ashton on a collision course that starts something neither of them can stop.

The same qualities that draw Rani Kelkar in about Oliver–his tattoos, his charisma, his passion for art–make him her mother’s worst nightmare. They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver’s troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask more of Rani than she knows how to give. When a twist of fate leads Rani to India for a summer, she has a reckoning with herself–and what’s brewing beneath the surface of her first love.

Author: David Yoon
Read By: Michael Bow

When Sunny meets Cirrus, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakenly thinks Sunny plays guitar, he accidentally winds up telling her he’s the front man of a rock band. Before he knows it, Sunny gets his best friends to form a fake band with him. Just when Sunny is about to come clean, Cirrus asks to see them play sometime. Gulp.

Liza Yang is nearly perfect. But to her mom, Liza is anything but, especially when it comes to dating. Liza agrees to help out at Mrs. Yang’s bakery’s annual competition, but there’s a surprise catch: all of the contestants are young Asian American men her mother has picked for Liza to date. And worse…she finds herself attracted to one of the contestants.

Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is the story of two Black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

“In a lilting Trinidadian accent full of spirit and warmth, Turpin voices Audre, who is sent from her native country to live with her dad in the U.S. after her mother finds her with another girl. Petrus is equally good as Mabel…Petrus’s lyrical, quiet voice embodies Mabel’s thoughtfulness, spirituality, and love of music “ –AudioFile

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