Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2024) Featured Review: Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli

  • Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by Caitlin Kinnunen
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc. | Balzer & Bray
  • Publication Date: May 02, 2023
  • ISBN: 9780063045903

mogen works to be the best LGBTQIA+ ally. She makes space for her queer best friends and is the most committed member of her high school’s Pride Alliance group. When she visits when she visits her best friend, Lili, at college her identity will be challenged. As it turns out, Lili told her new friends that Imogen is her ex-girlfriend. As Imogen plays the part, she begins developing feelings for Lili’s new friend, Tessa. Imogen is hopelessly heterosexual, right? It is not only Imogen who will come to terms with her identity but also the important people in her life. Assumptions are not unique to one group of people and Imogen must face these challenges from unexpected places.

This cute romance packs a punch by digging deeply into the concept of identity and proves that the path to sexual identity is personal and unique for every individual. This audiobook makes room for a wide range of readers, especially those questioning their own sexuality, by showing that not every story follows the same path and can have unique twists. The narration enhances the lightness of the story and eases listeners into its depths. 

Fans of Albertalli’s previous works will flow easily into Imogen’s world. Those who love Julie Murphy, Hannah Moskowitz, and Adam Silvera will enjoy this novel as well.

-Sarah Carpenter

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