American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Slut-shaming
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment mentioned
  • Abusive relationship
  • Physical intimate partner abuse, on-page
  • Deportation (theme)
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
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Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler book cover

Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyperempathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others.

When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Human trafficking
  • Slavery
  • Child sexual assault & abuse
  • Rape, including statutory rape
  • Abusive relationship
  • Ault-minor relationships
  • Arranged, forced & coerced marriage
  • Domestic abuse
  • Estrangement
  • Parental abuse and neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Addiction
  • Drug abuse
  • Blood and gore depiction
  • Cannibalism
  • Dead bodies and body parts
  • Physical injuries
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a sibling
  • Disappearance of a loved one
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
  • Bushfire
  • Earthquake
  • Home invasion
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty themes
  • Hunting
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His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler

His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler book cover

Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

Contributors include Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism, homomisia, misogyny and transmisia
  • Abusive relationship/s
  • Suicide
  • Substance abuse
  • Death of a partner (implied)
  • Murder and torture
  • Animal death
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Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga

Selection Day by Aravind Adiga book cover

Manju is fourteen. He knows he is good at cricket — if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented brother and is fascinated by CSI and curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn’t know . . . Everyone around him, it seems, has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself.

But when Manju begins to get to know Radha’s great rival, a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not, everything in Manju’s world begins to change and he is faced by decisions that will challenge both his sense of self and of the world around him.

As sensitively observed as The White Tiger — Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 — was brilliantly furious, Selection Day reveals another facet of Aravind Adiga’s remarkable talent.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Abusive relationship
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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed: four Hawthorne grandsons who grew up with every expectation that they would inherit billions… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abandonment
  • Physical child abuse recounted
  • Abusive relationship
  • Emotional & physical intimate partner violence (off-page)
  • Cheating mentioned (chp 55)
  • Revenge pornography involving a minor mentioned (chp 59)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Minor blood depiction & physical injury (chp 52-54)
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death due to heart attack mentioned (chp 55 & 78)
  • Death of a sister recounted
  • Death of a girlfriend recounted
  • Death of a grandfather, off-page (theme)
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Attempted murder, on-page (chp 52 & 68)
  • Gun violence (on-page in chp 52)
  • Car accident (chp 68)
  • Homelessness mentioned
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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly & Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking story that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Adult-minor relationship*
  • Paedophilia & grooming
  • Statutory rape
  • Parental abuse
  • Substance addiction
  • Death of a grandmother
  • Motorcycle accident

*Note: The story centres a romanticised sexual relationship between a 13-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man.

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