Completely Normal by Biffy James

Completely Normal (and Other Lies) by Biffy James

Love has rules. So does grief. And Stella Wilde’s about to break them all. Stella Wilde is secretly in love with the hottest guy in school, Isaac Calder. He seems to love her back, but there’s a problem – he already has a girlfriend, the gorgeous Grace Reyes. When Isaac is killed in a car accident, the entire school is turned upside down with grief. And while Grace can mourn publicly, Stella has to hide her feelings to stop people from finding out about her and Isaac being more than friends. But how long can Stella keep lying – to herself and everyone else? And when the truth… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia
  • Statutory rape*
  • Revenge porn
  • Adult-minor relationship*
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a friend in a car accident, off-page
  • Bullying

* Context : The sixteen-year-old female protagonist is dating a twenty-year-old man.

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Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa

Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa

Guatemala, 1954. The military coup perpetrated by Carlos Castillo Armas and supported by the CIA topples the government of Jacobo Árbenz. Behind this violent act is a lie passed off as truth, which forever changes the development of Latin America: the accusation by the Eisenhower administration that Árbenz encouraged the spread of Soviet Communism in the Americas. Harsh Times is a story of international conspiracies and conflicting interests in the time of the Cold War, the echoes of which are still felt today.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Child abandonment
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
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Beard with Me by Penny Reid

Beard with Me by Penny Reid

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart, except when it comes to Billy Winston. No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Adult-minor relationship mentioned
  • Physical & emotional child abuse
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty themes
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Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated. But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it. Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Coerced adult-minor marriage
  • Marital rape
  • Pregnancy mentioned
  • Death of a mother from cancer recounted
  • Death of a spouse during military service
  • Knife violence & stabbing mentioned
  • Death of a pet dog mentioned
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Wicked by Sara Shepard

Wicked by Sara Shepard

In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four very pretty girls just can’t help but be bad. Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood’s queen bee. Spencer’s digging up her family’s secrets. Emily can’t stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom’s taste in men. The girls think they’re in the clear now that Ali’s killer is finally behind bars. But someone new is mimicking “A’s” blackmailing ways with wicked and mysterious messages. And it’s only a matter of time before they let some secrets slip.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Slut shaming
  • Victim blaming
  • Classism
  • Misogyny
  • Queermisia
  • Adult-minor relationships
  • Eating disorder, including binging and purging and disordered weight/body thoughts
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cancer mentioned
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a grandmother
  • Death of a friend recounted
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Blackmail
  • Stalking
  • Bullying
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Lessons in Sin by Pam Godwin

Lessons in Sin by Pam Godwin

There’s no absolution for the things I’ve done. But I found a way to control my impulses. I became a priest.
As Father Magnus Falke, I suppress my cravings. As the headteacher of a Catholic boarding school, I’m never tempted by a student. Until Tinsley Constantine. The bratty princess challenges my rules and awakens my dark nature. With each punishment I lash upon her, I want more. In my classroom, private rectory, and bent over my altar, I want all of her. One touch risks everything I stand for. My faith. My redemption. And even my life. As if that could stop me. I need her pain, and her heart, and she needs my lessons in sin.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Age-gap teacher/student relationship*

* Note : Heroine is an eighteen-year-old student and the hero is her forty-year-old headmaster.

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Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet. Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek? As the Prophet grows more… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Ableism
  • Statutory rape
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Forced child marriage & polygyny
  • Paedophilia and child sexual abuse
  • Child abuse, on-page
  • Domestic violence mentioned
  • Depression
  • Pandemic
  • Serious physical injury
  • Diabetic shock & crisis
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Kidnapping recounted
  • Cults (theme)
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Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June

There’s one thing Jay Collier knows for sure—he’s a statistical anomaly as the only out gay kid in his small rural Washington town. While all these friends can’t stop talking about their heterosexual hookups and relationships, Jay can only dream of his own firsts, compiling a romance to-do list of all the things he hopes to one day experience—his Gay Agenda. Then, against all odds, Jay’s family moves to Seattle and he starts his senior year at a new high school with a thriving LGBTQIA+ community. For the first time ever, Jay feels like he’s found where he truly… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Homomisia
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Cheating
  • Emesis

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Sutter Keely. He’s the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually. Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Adult-minor relationship*
  • Alcoholism
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Recreational drug use mentioned
  • Physical injuries (broken arm)
  • Emesis
  • Car accident

* Context : Sexual relationship between a fourteen-year-old and a twenty-year-old.

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All Eyes on Her by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn

You heard the story on the news. A girl and a boy went into the woods. The girl carried a picnic basket. The boy wore bright yellow running shoes. The girl found her way out, but the boy never did… Everyone thinks they know what happened. Some say Tabby pushed him off that cliff— she didn’t even like hiking. She was jealous. She had more than her share of demons. Others think he fell accidentally—she loved Mark. She would never hurt him…even if he hurt her. But what’s the real story?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slut shaming
  • Adult-minor relationship
  • Cheating discussed
  • Abusive relationship
  • Abortion mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a boyfriend & best friend (theme)
  • Death from a fall
  • Drowning
  • Bullying
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