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5 Young Adult Books Featuring Podcasts

Recently, there’s been a rise in podcast or radio-based YA novels, many of which center around murder mystery.

After recently finishing A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder here on The Booked Shelf I’m recommending 5 contemporary novels that feature podcasts!

1.A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson (Good Girl’s Guide #1)
Release Date: May 2, 2019

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth? 

(There’s no specific podcasts in this novel, but Jackson’s novel is inspired by the Serial Podcast)

2.Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
Release Date: March 28, 2017

You probably think that Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl.

I just wanted to say—we don’t.

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. When she’s not studying, she’s up in her room making fan art for her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. But no one knows he’s the creator of Universe City, who goes by the name Radio Silence.

When Frances gets a message from Radio Silence asking if she’ll collaborate with him, everything changes. Frances and Aled spend an entire summer working together and becoming best friends. They get each other when no one else does.

But when Aled’s identity as Radio Silence is revealed, Frances fears that the future of Universe City—and their friendship—is at risk. Aled helped her find her voice. Without him, will she have the courage to show the world who she really is? Or will she be met with radio silence?

3. Sadie by Courtney Summers
Release Date: September 4, 2018

A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial―like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray―a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America―overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

4.Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson (Good Girl’s Guide #2)
Release Date: April 30, 2020

Pip Fitz-Amobi is not a detective any more.

With the help of Ravi Singh, she released a true-crime podcast about the murder case they solved together last year. The podcast has gone viral, yet Pip insists her investigating days are behind her.

But she will have to break that promise when someone she knows goes missing. Jamie Reynolds has disappeared but the police won’t do anything about it. And if they won’t look for Jamie then Pip will, uncovering more of her town’s dark secrets along the way… and this time EVERYONE is listening. But will she find him before it’s too late?

5. I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick
Release Date: June 30, 2020

Two teens lives become inextricably linked when one confesses to murder and the other becomes determined to uncover the real truth no matter the cost.

What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…

When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected—and that she knows what happened to her.

Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?

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5 Audio Drama Podcast Recommendations For Readers Of Young Adult

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen is officially out today! Inspired by her science-fiction podcast, The Bright Sessions, her debut follows a fan-favorite couple from the show: Caleb and Adam!

Lauren Shippen’s YA debut is a dual-perspective story following the relationship that develops between popular football player Caleb Michaels and lonely Adam Hayes, which runs parallel to the first few seasons of the podcast! Centering around their own introspective journeys, they’re navigating high school and learning more about themselves!

However, Caleb is Atypical meaning he has supernatural abilities and his is extreme empathy, which means he can sense the feelings of everyone around him and they get amplified through him! However, in the rough wave of high school emotions, Adam’s emotions allow him to find that peace he desperately needs.

His therapist, the mysterious Dr. Bright encourages him to pursue a friendship with Adam and as they grow closer, they learn more about each other and especially their own internal emotions!

On The Booked Shelf, I’ll be recommending 5 audio drama podcasts for readers of Young Adult!

If you don’t know, audio dramas are essentially fiction stories, which are told episodically through audio. They have a full cast, sound design, and are incredibly immersive forms of storytelling.

Also, the beauty of audio dramas is the diversity and variety of stories being told that you can’t really get with any other medium. If your looking for new and compelling stories, check out these podcasts!

1.The Bright Sessions created by Lauren Shippen

Told through therapy session (and other audio) recordings, The Bright Sessions follows therapist Dr. Bright and her patients, who have supernatural abilities (also known as “Atypicals”). As the story unravels, the listener learns more about each of these unique patients and the mysterious Dr. Bright. The Bright Sessions is an incredibly character-driven story that also discusses and explores mental health, government conspiracies, and so much more! If you’re new to the world of audio dramas, The Bright Sessions is the perfect podcast to start with.

2.Girl In Space created by Sarah Rhea Werner

X is a girl alone in space. Aboard her parents research vessel alongside her friendly AI companion Charlotte, she lives out her everyday life continuing their work on the ship. But when a mysterious organization known as Caldwell Enterprises learns of her ship and takes over, she begins to learn more about its crew and its mysterious motives. Girl In Space is a fantastic audio drama if your looking for a thought-provoking story set in space!

3.The Elysium Project created by Natalie Van Sistine

The Elysium Project is set in a near-futuristic US, there’s a mysterious organization, genetics, and mystery! Emma Greyson’s life becomes more complicated when she gets injected with a mysterious formula that gives her telekinetic abilities. But throughout the podcast, she learns how this formula is connected to her father, his top-secret job, and escaped test subjects who are teens just like her.

The storytelling, characters, plot, dialogue–essentially all the elements of this podcast, come together perfectly! The Elysium Project is one of the most cinematic podcasts I’ve ever listened to.

4. Victoriocity written by Chris Sugden & Jen Sugden

Set in 1887, Even Greater London, Victoriocity is a detective comedy drama following detective Archibald Fleet and determined journalist Clara Entwhistle as they team up to investigate a murder, but get tangled up in a conspiracy!

If you love steampunk, clever humor, interwoven with murder mystery, utterly magnificent world building, and a unique cast of characters that perfectly cement themselves in this captivating and sprawling place of Even Grater London, start listening RIGHT NOW you will not be disappointed!

5.Flyest Fables created by Morgan Givens

This anthology-style audio drama focuses on black and brown protagonists who encounter a magical book with their names mysteriously engraved on the cover. Offering the protagonist a fictional character who juxtaposes them, they find the inspiring messages or words they need at that very moment.

They quickly get immersed into a fable that’s much more than it seems upon first glance, . The story of Flyest Fables merges contemporary with fantasy, filled with hope and positivity!

If your a reader of YA and looking for more Audio Drama content, check out my feature Literary Listens!

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen is out today!