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2023 YA Audiobooks By BIPOC Authors

2023 is looking like an amazing year for young adult books! Here are just some of the new audiobooks for young adults by BIPOC authors you should keep an eye out for.

Breakup from Hell

By: Ann Davila Cardinal
Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

2024 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult ReadersFans of Undead Girl Gang and The Babysitters Coven will love Breakup from Hell, a witty YA rom-com with a supernatural twist, starring horror-novel-obsessed Mica Angeles, who discovers the guy she fell for comes straight out of one of her beloved books.Miguela Angeles is tired. Tired of her... Read more

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This Is Not a Personal Statement

By: Tracy Badua
Narrated by: Ferdelle Capistrano
Length: 8 hours 34 minutes

Admission meets American Panda in this propulsive, poignant YA contemporary novel about a teen who, after getting rejected from her dream college, forges her own acceptance and commits to living a lie. Perfect for fans of Mary H.K. Choi! At sixteen, Perla is the youngest graduating senior of the hypercompetitive Monte Verde High. Praised—and... Read more

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Her Good Side

By: Rebekah Weatherspoon
Narrated by: Marcella Cox & Daniel K. Isaac
Length: 7 hours 11 minutes

“So. Much. Love. Rebekah Weatherspoon seamlessly slips into the YA space with this fake romance/friends-to-lovers, swoony high-school romance. Can't wait for more from her for teens. Also, I was super charmed by the narrator of Jacob's chapters. Read more

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The Davenports

By: Krystal Marquis
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Length: 12 hours 1 minute

*Instant New York Times Bestseller*

The Davenports delivers a totally escapist, swoon-worthy romance while offering a glimpse into a period of African American history often overlooked.

"The perfect read for fans of escapist historical fiction.” —NBC’s TODAY


The Davenports are one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing... Read more

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Chloe and the Kaishao Boys

By: Mae Coyiuto
Narrated by: Becca Q. Co
Length: 8 hours 38 minutes

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Loveboat, Taipei in this hilarious YA rom-com about a Chinese-Filipina girl in Manila whose father sets her up on a marathon of arranged dates in hopes of convincing her to stay close to home for college.

“A sweet and refreshing story about family, first love, and chasing your dreams. The way Coyiuto writes romance... Read more

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As You Walk On By

By: Julian Winters
Narrated by: André Santana
Length: 9 hours 48 minutes

The Breakfast Club meets Can't Hardly Wait with an unforgettable ensemble cast in another swoony YA contemporary from award-winning author Julian Winters!

Seventeen-year-old Theo Wright has it all figured out. His plan (well, more like his dad’s plan) is a foolproof strategy that involves exceling at his magnet school, getting scouted by college... Read more

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Friday I'm in Love

By: Camryn Garrett
Narrated by: Jade Wheeler
Length: 7 hours 41 minutes

It's too late for a Sweet Sixteen, but what if Mahalia had a coming-out party? A love letter to romantic comedies, sweet sixteen blowouts, Black joy, and queer pride.

A perfect ode to romantic comedies, wrapped in a dazzling rainbow dress.” —Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart and She Gets the Girl

Mahalia... Read more

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The Black Queen

By: Jumata Emill
Narrated by: Angel Pean & Erin Spencer
Length: 10 hours 53 minutes

“Fans of One of Us Is Lying and the Good Girl's Guide to Murder series will love this fast paced murder mystery where two unlikely allies (the victim's best friends and the number one murder suspect - the school's IT girl that would have been homecoming queen had the school not recently instated a new policy to make the queen selection more... Read more

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Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute

By: Talia Hibbert
Narrated by: Amina Koroma & Jonathan Andrew Hume
Length: 9 hours 15 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors—and each other.

Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top... Read more

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Promise Boys

By: Nick Brooks
Narrated by: Alfred Vines, Anthony Lopez, Brad Sanders, Christopher Hampton, Eliana Marianes, Hannah Church, Henriette Zoutomou, Jaime Lincoln Smith, Maria Liatis, Renier Cortes, Suehyla El-Attar & Xenia Willacey
Length: 6 hours 29 minutes

“Just listened to Promise Boys and WOW! There is a murder at Promise Prep School in Washington DC and 3 students are accused. Heart rending on its own, but when they get together to solve the crime, it becomes a whole other story. I was hanging on until the very end and rooting for JB, Trey, and Ramon. Read more

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Warrior Girl Unearthed

By: Angeline Boulley
Narrated by: Isabella Star LaBlanc
Length: 11 hours 32 minutes

Warrior Girl Unearthed is an intense book that will keep the reader gripped from beginning to end. Perry Firekeeper-Birch’s determination, dedication, and strength of spirit will inspire readers to stand up for themselves and what they believe in. Read more

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We Are All So Good at Smiling

By: Amber McBride
Narrated by: Amber McBride
Length: 3 hours 45 minutes

"McBride brings a special gift to this production by narrating her own material." - AudioFile Magazine


This audiobook features music and special effects. Listen along and enjoy the fun that is We Are All So Good at Smiling.

This program is read by the author.

They Both Die at the End meets The Bell Jar in this haunting, beautiful young adult...
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Stars and Smoke

A Stars and Smoke Novel: Book #1

By: Marie Lu
Narrated by: Becca Q. Co
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes

“A really fun listen. Sydney and Winter are back together on another spy mission. And, the tension is definitely ratcheted up since they've been separated for a year. Excellent pacing and we get a bit more insight into both characters as well as the organization. I would love another installment. Read more

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Blood Debts

By: Terry J. Benton-Walker
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Torian Brackett & Zeno Robinson
Length: 14 hours 30 minutes

Blood Debts is a YA fantasy that will drag you into its world, and not let you go. I couldn't stop reading, invested in the fates of the Trudeau twins. It was a wild ride, but the book has depth, exploring issues of privilege, race, power, and the acceptance of LGBTQ people. An amazing book! (Especially recommended on audio. It's incredible!) Read more

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Ander & Santi Were Here

A Novel

By: Jonny Garza Villa
Narrated by: Avi Roque
Length: 12 hours 28 minutes

“This book was filled with so much queer love and most importantly, sheer queer JOY! I dare you not to fall in love with Ander and Santi as you root for their love as it unfolds. Read more

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Guardians of Dawn: Zhara

Guardians of Dawn: Book #1

By: S. Jae-Jones
Narrated by: Katharine Chin
Length: 15 hours 58 minutes

"Strong female characters, interesting new magical elements, and creative world-building show off the work of the author of Wintersong. The story is enhanced by Chin's talented narration." - AudioFile

Sailor Moon
meets Cinder in Guardians of Dawn: Zhara, the start of a new, richly imagined fantasy series from S. Jae-Jones, the New York Times...
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This Time It's Real

By: Ann Liang
Narrated by: Mimi Chang
Length: 9 hours 36 minutes

Get ready to fall in love in this hilarious romcom about a girl who begins a fake relationship with the famous actor in her class, perfect for fans of Meg Cabot and Jenny Han.When seventeen-year-old Eliza Lin's essay about meeting the love of her life unexpectedly goes viral, her entire life changes overnight. Now she has the approval of her... Read more

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Their Vicious Games

By: Joelle Wellington
Narrated by: Ariel Blake
Length: 12 hours 18 minutes

“A brutally honest and haunting cautionary tale…exposing the lie that is meritocracy and the unrelenting toll that being a final girl takes. A bloody tale spun masterfully…a dark delight.” —Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, New York Times bestselling author of Ace of Spades

A Black teen desperate to regain her Ivy League acceptance enters an elite... Read more

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Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling

By: Elise Bryant
Narrated by: Preston Butler III & Shayna Small
Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

From the NAACP Image Award–nominated author of Happily Ever Afters comes a dual POV rom-com about Reggie and Delilah, who fall in love through missed connections and chance meetings on holidays over the course of a year. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert... Read more

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A Song of Salvation

By: Alechia Dow
Narrated by: Joniece Abbott-Pratt, André Santana & Logan Rozos
Length: 10 hours 13 minutes

From the author of The Sound of Stars and The Kindred comes a YA space opera about a reincarnated god and a grumpy pilot on a mission to save a beloved space DJ and stop an intergalactic war.
 
Zaira Citlali is supposed to die. After all, she’s the god Indigo reborn. Indigo, whose song created the universe and unified people across galaxies to... Read more

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