A Captivating Journey of Discovery & Young Love

4.75 out of 5 stars

Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko is an extraordinary audiobook that weaves a heartwarming and authentic narrative through the skillful collaboration of an all-queer cast. Kiyoko’s decision to embrace diversity both in storytelling and casting brings a sense of genuine representation to the narrative’s themes. This choice beautifully complements the compelling topics explored within the story, resonating with me on a profound level. The stellar narration further enriches the experience, with each performer delivering an exceptional performance that elevates the audiobook to unforgettable heights.

One of the strengths of Kiyoko’s work is the depth of the story she seeks to tell. She was able to explore various perspectives while engaging me with the intricate layers added by each character. Throughout, the audience is drawn into the lives of the characters, their struggles, and triumphs, creating a tapestry of emotions that leaves a lasting impact.

Coley’s backstory is an outstanding highlight of the audiobook. Kiyoko masterfully keeps the audience in suspense regarding the fate of Coley’s mother and her reason to move to Oregon. She skillfully builds anticipation until the pivotal moment when the sad truth is revealed. This revelation marks a significant turning point in Coley’s story, evoking a powerful emotional response that resonated deeply with me. The scenes with her dad were also pivotal to her growth. Realizing that there was more to the story there and that he truly was trying to be there for her.

Sonya is a shining example of Kiyoko’s skill in crafting authentic and relatable personalities. The complexities of Sonya’s family dynamics, as well as her feelings of confusion and anger about everything going on in her life, especially the self-discovery things, are portrayed with remarkable honesty. This genuine depiction allows listeners to connect with Sonya’s journey making her experiences all the more impactful and resonant.

As a listener, one can only hope for a continuation of this story. The world Kiyoko has created in Girls Like Girls is ripe for further exploration, especially from different characters’ points of view. Their journeys are deserving of further development.

Overall, Girls Like Girls is a remarkable story that transcends the boundaries of storytelling, embracing authenticity, diversity, and the power of love and self-discovery. Hayley Kiyoko’s narrative finesse and the exceptional performances by the all-queer cast combine to create an unforgettable listening experience that will resonate with audiences for years to come.

Book Description:

This program is read by an all-queer cast: the author, Hayley Kiyoko; Natalie Naudus; Malia Pyles; Katie Gavin; and Brandon Flynn.

Trailblazing pop star, actor and director, Hayley Kiyoko debuts her first novel, a coming-of-age romance based on her breakthrough hit song and viral video, GIRLS LIKE GIRLS.

It’s summertime and 17-year-old Coley has found herself alone, again. Forced to move to rural Oregon after just losing her mother, she is in no position to risk her already fragile heart. But when she meets Sonya, the attraction is immediate.

Coley worries she isn’t worthy of love. Up until now, everyone she’s loved has left her. And Sonya’s never been with a girl before. What if she’s too afraid to show up for Coley? What if by opening her heart, Coley’s risking it all?

They both realize that when things are pushed down, and feelings are forced to shrivel away, Coley and Sonya will be the ones to shrink. It’s not until they accept the love they fear and deserve most, that suddenly the song makes sense.

Based on the billboard-charting smash hit song and viral music video GIRLS LIKE GIRLS, Hayley Kiyoko’s debut novel is about embracing your truth and realizing we are all worthy of being loved back.

A Macmillan Audio production from Wednesday Books.

Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko
Narrator: Brandon Flynn, Hayley Kiyoko, Katie Gavin, Malia Pyles, Natalie Naudus
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Published by Macmillan Audio on May 30th 2023
Genres: Romance, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction, Coming of Age
Format: Audiobook
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