YA Audiobooks for Winter Break Listening
The Best YA Audiobooks for Late Winter Listening

It’s cold. It’s damp. It’s gray. In short, all the late winter vibes. Fortunately, if you’re a YA fiction-loving book nerd with a case of the cold weather blues, you don’t need to leave hibernation mode to escape into the audiobooks taking the book-o-sphere by storm. Listen to clips below from the National Book Award-winning All My Rage, the mermaid epic Soul of the Deep (follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Skin of the Sea), and get Valentine’s Day ready with sweet romances like Well, That Was Unexpected and Bad at Love. It’s not spring yet, but these listens will give you plenty of life while you wait.

National Book Award winner. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir comes All My Rage, an unforgettable, and heart-wrenching contemporary novel about family and forgiveness in a sweeping story that crosses generations and continents.

“A stellar trio of narrators delivers the alternating viewpoints in this superb contemporary debut by YA fantasy author Sabaa Tahir.”—AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

In New York Times bestseller Skin of the Sea, mermaid Simi traded away her freedom, her family, and the boy she loves to save those closest to her. In the stunning sequel Soul of the Deep, Simi is sworn to serve a new god, watching over the Land of the Dead at the bottom of the ocean. But when signs of demons begin to appear, it’s clear there are deeper consequences of her trade.

Well, That Was Unexpected is a laugh-out-loud YA rom-com about a girl who’s whisked from LA to her mother’s native Indonesia to get back to her roots and finds herself “fake-dating” the son of one of the wealthiest families there.

“A delightful, hilarious, captivating love letter to Indonesia, and coming of age in a large meddlesome family, and the thrill of finding your person where you least expect it!”–Ali Hazelwood, New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis

Bad at Love is a fun and flirty romance following a teen rocker with a bad boy reputation and the aspiring journalist who’s determined to dig up the dirt on him…if they don’t fall for each other first.

Author: Olivia Abtahi
Read By: Alex McKenna

Fourteen-year-old Azar Rossi’s first year of high school has mostly been silent, and intentionally so. After a bad case of colic as a baby, her vocal folds are full of nodules that give her a rasp the envy of a chain-smoking bullfrog. Her classmates might just think she’s quiet, but finding her voice takes on a whole new meaning when Azar sets out to win her local Battle of the Bands contest…

Author: Anna Meriano
Read By: Kyla Garcia

Yasmín Treviño didn’t have much of a freshman year thanks to Hurricane Humphrey, but she’s ready to take sophomore year by storm. That means mastering the marching side of marching band—fast! But Yasmín steps off on the wrong foot when she reports an anonymous gossip Instagram account for harassing new band members, and then finds herself needing to take things into her own hands.

Heated competition leads to even hotter romance in this YA summer rom-com. Seventeen-year-old, high-achieving Kavya Joshi has always been told she’s just a little too much. In one word: besharam. Then, her boyfriend breaks up with her and she learns she’s doomed to spend the summer working alongside her nemesis, Ian Jun. But as the summer heats up, so does the romantic tension.

While on a school trip, high school seniors Zyla Matthews and Kai Johnson run away together leaving their friends and family confused. As far as everyone knows, Zyla and Kai have been broken up for months. Alternating between the past and present, we see the love story unfold from Zyla’s and Kai’s perspectives, and why they ultimately broke up…Or did they? Romantic, heart-stirring, and a little mysterious, Zyla & Kai will keep readers guessing until the last chapter.

Author: Candice Iloh
Read By: Ashley August

Yaminah Okar left Obsidian and the wreckage of her family years ago. She and her father have made lives for themselves in Brooklyn. But when a Facebook message about her estranged mother pierces Yaminah’s new bubble, memories of everything that happened before her parents’ divorce come roaring back. Now, Yaminah must finally reckon with the truth about her mother and the growing collapse of a place she once called home.

Author: R. M. Romero
Read By: Carla Corvo

Sent to stay with her aunt in Prague and witness the humble life of an artist, Ilana Lopez—a biracial Jewish girl—finds herself torn between her dream of becoming a violinist and her immigrant parents’ desire for her to pursue a more stable career. With spellbinding verse prose, R.M. Romero channels the spirit of myth into a brilliantly original tale.