Want to listen to the best, most addictive audiobooks for young people? Take a look at this list of the best young adult books that teens (and adults like me) can’t stop reading with their ears. They’re so good!
For the first time, more audiobooks were checked out from public libraries in 2017. Why? a lot of people download books to their phones because it is so easy. You’ll read more when you listen to your books!
In Libby, you can use one touch to read books from your local library and get them on your phone or tablet for free! Or, you can use your Audible or Amazon subscription to get books for a fee each month and listen to them on your own. The first month is free.
As someone who has two teenagers, I can say that audiobooks are the only way my kids read for fun.
Listening lets my artist do what they do best: make art.
Addictive Audiobooks for Teens
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
Her step-mother and sisters live with her. Cinder is an expert mechanic cyborg, which means she is a human with parts from a machine, but she is also human. Do you think of Cinderella when you think of this line? When Prince Kai asks her to fix something for him, she gets caught up in a plot that puts her life at risk and the whole country is in danger. This is a great series that you can’t put down!
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, narrated by Christie Moreau
Avery, a girl who doesn’t have a mother and lives with her older half-sister, is surprised when she inherits millions of dollars from a billionaire she has never met. The billionaire’s family, which doesn’t inherit, doesn’t trust her, but she has to live with them anyway because of the will’s rules. Not only is this horrible, but someone is trying to kill her and she doesn’t know why she’s the one who gets the money. She might be able to solve one of the mysteries with the clues and puzzles that were left behind by the people who died. Fantastic!
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Also, you’ll love the characters Eleanor and Park, two teenagers who seem to be too different but fall in love anyway. It’s such a beautiful love story that you won’t want it to end. You won’t want it to.
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Elias and Laia live in a world that makes them both slaves in different ways. Elias has to fight, and Laia has to serve and be a spy. In this series, there is a lot of mystery, action, and even a little bit of romance. A lot of people are reading this book right now because it’s so good.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin
A big part of Starr’s life is taking place in her family’s home in an urban neighborhood and at her fancy school in a more rural area. In her neighborhood, a police officer shoots her friend who was not armed. With people rioting and the policeman not getting punished, Starr has to decide if she wants to speak out about what happened or keep quiet about what happened. A heart-wrenching movie that will make you think. Incredibly well done. A lot of violence and language.
The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, narrated by Isabella Star LaBlanc
She lost her uncle, her grandmother had a heart attack, and her best friend was shot by her drug-addicted boyfriend, so that’s three bad things. Several bad things are caused by meth. Daunis is hired by the FBI to be a secret informant and help them find out who is making and selling meth. The writing and character development are amazing. The mystery is very complicated and suspenseful, and the audiobook narrator is very good. Sex, drugs, rape, and violence are some of the things that people do.
Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly, narrated by Bahni Turpin
Audible has a lot of popular audiobooks for young people, and this one is one of them. It cleverly combines the history of racism and intolerance with the inspiring stories of four math-talented women. During the Civil Rights era, these women worked to build this country’s aviation and aeronautical programs. They also worked during the Space Race, the Cold War, and the fight for gender equality.
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix, narrated by Marisa Calin
World-building in this historical fiction story about London is very different from other stories. It has dangerous monsters and magical creatures that sometimes come into ours from the Old World. It turns out that Susan’s dad may be an Old One, a powerful and dangerous person. She gets caught up in the Left-Handed Booksellers.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore and others
Loric children sent to Earth when their planet was attacked by the Mogadorians. John is one of nine Loric children who came to Earth. In order to get away from these alien killers, he moves around a lot with his guardian. They can only kill kids in numerical order. As soon as he’s old enough, he starts to use his Legacies, which are powers that will help him stay alive. But one, two, and three have already died. John comes next.
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick, narrated by Neela Vaswani
This is a powerful, well-told personal story from Malala Yousafzai, who is wise and thinks about herself. It’s what Malala writes about every day in Pakistan that draws people in: the sounds, smells, sights, and habits. From the first page, we’re hooked. In this story, we learn how her country used to be and how scary it became when the Taliban took over. For writing a blog post in support of educating women, she was shot. After that, she is taken to England to recover and be safe. These days, there is a lot of confusion and a lot of difference in the way people live in different countries. She has so much hope, positivity, and faith in what she stands for. You can’t listen to this audiobook and not be changed by what you hear.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman, narrated by Kirsten Potter
The last time Mia’s family was killed in a car accident, all but her were killed. Her body is broken and she’s not sure if she’s worth living. Powerful: So powerful.