Pride Month is here, a time to celebrate living and loving without fear (love is scary enough as it is, people). If you’re a young adult fiction fan, check out these YA audiobooks centering LGBTQIA characters and characters of color and let yourself get swept away by love and friendship in all its beautiful—and yeah, occasionally heart-pummeling—complexity.
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut 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.
“Like Toni Morrison, who redrew the narrative of black experience with novels set in Midwestern small towns, Petrus is redrawing a map, creating an Eden where Caribbean, black, and LGBT culture can find beauty and lushness, spirituality, history and sustenance.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Told from three different character points of view, this audiobook about love after loss is one Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, believes “will stay with you long after you put it down.”
“A beautiful, touching, and heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of love and loss from the lives of three different teens.”—BuzzFeed
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes an honest and touching depiction of friendship, first love, and everything in between. Perfect for fans of Love, Simon and What If It’s Us.
“Stone challenges stereotypical notions of what it means to be straight, bisexual, or gay, showing how sexual identities and desires can be as complicated as the individual human brain.”—Publisher’s Weekly
Looking for more Listening Library titles with LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines? Check out our collection LGBTQIA+ Audiobooks for Kids & Teens.