High School

Narrated by: Tegan Quin, Sara Quin
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
5 out of 5 stars (491 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Tegan and Sara Quin’s joint memoir is perfect in audiobook form.... Knowing and loving Tegan and Sara the musicians will obviously make this listen extra special, but it’s by no means a prerequisite to entry. High School, very literally, is for everyone." (Paste, best audiobooks of 2019) 

This program is read by the authors and features bonus interviews and rough recordings of Tegan and Sara's first songs, recorded on cassette tapes in the late '90s, and rediscovered 20 years later while writing High School.

From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings.

High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the '90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara’s points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years.

A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, High School captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Tegan Quin and Sara Keirsten Quin (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Tegan and Sara have pulled back the curtain on a formative chapter in their lives and offer a gloriously dizzying, richly observed account of how they became who they are today and what inspired the music we’ve come to know and love. Funny, frank, and so very cool, High School is basically the teenage best friend I always wanted growing up.” (Dan Levy, actor, producer, Schitt’s Creek)

"With their music, Tegan and Sara offer listeners a glimpse at a specific time and place. In High School, they throw the door open and allow readers the opportunity to become fully immersed in their world. Tegan and Sara’s stories of first loves, self discovery, and the insights into their relationship with each other are deeply moving and relatable. They never hold back from the absolute authenticity they are known for. I never wanted it to end.” (Clea DuVall, actress and director, Veep, The Intervention)

“What a gift to read the coming of age story of the brilliant Tegan and Sara. High School gives us a glimpse into the struggles and triumphs of both sisters as individuals and an evolving band. Their vulnerability, honesty, and compassion bursts through, and will make countless people feel less alone. It is so important for the LGBTQ+ community to have memoirs like this in which they can recognize themselves and be inspired to follow their truth. I am endlessly grateful to Tegan and Sara for giving so much to this world.” (Ellen Page, actress and producer, The Umbrella Academy)

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I'm such a big fan.

I was riveted. I love it when the author narrates their own stories. The additional songs were totally awesome!

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Very intimate and raw. I highly recommend giving this a listen. It resonates to many a young queers’ experience. The awkwardness and even the shame of being found out felt so palpable. I could say more but I won’t. You’ll just have to listen for yourself.

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Touching, relatable, beautifully read!

This book comes from a place of deep honesty and emotion and is just a joy to listen to.

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A universal deep dive into high school nostalgia

The only thing better than getting a honest, sincere and vivid ride through someone's high school experience is getting two. Most music memoirs are deliriously boring in their efforts to push the narrative of who they are now and ignore the history of what got them to where they are, thankfully, Tegan and Sara do the exact opposite. Tegan and Sara will rip your heart open with the ever-healing, universal wounds of high school. Their storytelling, which if you have ever seen them live you know that the banter is almost as good as the music, is so brutally honest that you can't help but hang onto every word. The audible version of the book is so incredibly good, not just because of the Canadian emphasis, but the demo recordings bring so much life to the story that you feel as if you are in the Plunk/Sara & Tegan group of friends, cheering the duo on as they discover their absolute talent. I loved this book, I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who have loved at an age where their emotions were big enough to swallow them whole. I can't wait to listen to this again (and again).

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Really great on narration choice

This was a great book about their early years and the narration was wonderful. I like that there are clips of their music that was recorded back then sprinkled in. Will listen to again.

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Perfection in an audiobook

The audiobook is intertwined with real recordings and audio from Tegan and Sara’s youth with makes this story all the more powerful. I didn’t want to stop listening. Reading their own words, Tegan and Sara tell the story of their high school days and give us context to how they became the amazing artists and icons they are today. A must listen.

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I stayed up way too late to finish this book.

Tegan and Sara are natural storytellers. It felt like I was listening to old friends. I could relate to almost everything throughout their beautifully written memoir. Remembering my own high school days, it was a needed reminder that I wasn’t alone. Feeling like I didn’t fit in, not sure what was next in life, trying to figure out who I was, which if I’m honest, I’m still learning. I’m also an identical twin, and I had multiple moments of, “I know exactly what they’re talking about. I’ve felt that way too.” The relationship I have with my sister isn’t like any other relationship in my life. This book reminded me that I never want to take it for granted. Hands down, the best book I’ve read this year.

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One of my new favorite Audiobooks!

Although I’ve been a fan of their music for many years, I was unsure if I’d enjoy a memoir as it’s not really my go to genre for books/audiobooks. I loved everything about this audiobook. The structure, their story telling ability, the included music clips and more. I’ll definitely be returning to this audiobook in the near future for another listen.

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Intriguing glimpse of the Quin duo

I personally love when audiobooks are read by the authors cuz you feel a more genuine sense of what emotions are being conveyed through the story.

Authors Sara and Tegan Quin both split the book equitably and the chapters took turns between the siblings. The inclusion of referenced music tracks in the chapters and photos in an accompanying PDF. They also have a 25 minute Q&A from the authors regarding the book writing process.

I finger snapped along to the reflections of high school love, fears of adolescence, first jobs, feuds with parents and tensions of coming out. I also found it engaging and hearing the personality differences between Sara and Tegan; a mass contrast to how the media homogenizes the twin siblings.

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I created an Audible account for this

By the end of this story you’ll have a crush on their mom. But in more seriousness, Tegan and Sara really hit the nail on what it’s like to be scared and confused about sexuality in adolescence. Their story is so raw and I constantly found myself looking back to my teen years. I was able to relate to those same emotions they were feeling. On multiple occasions, I caught myself with a shit eating grin or holding back tears. Even if you’re not a fan of their music, give this story a listen. And when I say listen, I mean listen! The audio book is narrated by Tegan and Sara themselves. The audiobook also includes original audio of songs from their Plunk years. I wish I had heard this story when I was in high school and scared to accept who I am. I did have their music, but this book really hits you differently. It’s very intimate and I can’t wait to see what their live show is going to be like when I see them in Nashville!! This book is a gift.

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