How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi

How It All Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi 

Eighteen-year-old Amir Azadi always knew coming out to his Muslim family would be messy–he just didn’t think it would end in an airport interrogation room. But when faced with a failed relationship, bullies, and blackmail, running away to Rome is his only option. Right?

Soon, late nights with new friends and dates in the Sistine Chapel start to feel like second nature… until his old life comes knocking on his door. Now, Amir has to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth to a U.S. Customs officer, or risk losing his hard-won freedom.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & racial profiling
  • Islamophobia
  • Homomisia
  • Coming out themes, including threatened outing
  • Blackmail
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Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park

Loathe at First Sight by Suzanne Park

Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with challenges: an insufferable CEO; sexist male coworkers; and an infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—intern, Nolan MacKenzie, aka “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss.”

Just when Melody thinks she’s made the worst career move of her life, her luck changes. While joking with a friend, she creates a mobile game that has male strippers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly Melody’s “joke” is her studio’s most high-profile project—and Melody’s running the show.

When Nolan is assigned to Melody’s team, she’s sure he’ll be useless. As their attraction deepens, she knows it’s time to pump the brakes, even with her Korean parents breathing down her neck to hurry up and find a man.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Rape mentioned
  • Blackmail
  • Stalking
  • Cyber harassment
  • Doxxing

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Wildcard by Marie Lu

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Cheating
  • Substance addiction
  • Suicide & mass suicide
  • Substance addiction & recovery
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Physical injuries
  • Dead bodies
  • Emesis
  • Terminal illness
  • Hospital
  • Nonconsensual medical treatment & experimentation
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a brother
  • Death of a father
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Torture
  • Explosions
  • Hanging mentioned
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Blackmail
  • Poverty themes
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Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Rick People Problems by Kevin Kwan

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim to their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on sixty-four prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’ childhood home turns into a hotbed of backbiting and intrigue.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Cheating
  • Revenge pornography
  • Attempted suicide
  • Miscarriage mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a grandmother
  • Kidnapping
  • Car accident mentioned
  • Blackmail
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These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Parental abandonment
  • Forced sex work mentioned
  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Blood depiction
  • Murder mentioned
  • Kidnapping
  • Blackmail
  • Fire
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Monster and the Beast, Volume 1 by Renji

Monster and the Beast, Vol. 1 by Renji

Cavo is a hideous monster with a pure heart. Liam, on the other hand, might look like the perfect gentleman, but he’s a beast on the inside, and he has an eccentric personality to boot. When Cavo rescues Liam from an unfortunate situation in the forest, the paths of the monster and the beast cross for the first time. Will their meeting be a fleeting encounter or a timeless entanglement? And will Liam succeed in leading the innocent Cavo astray?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Attempted rape & sexual assault
  • Emotional abuse & gaslighting
  • Blood depiction
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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud” and all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing . . .

Then an anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn’t know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett—the last known person to have her journal—in a race against time to track down the blackmailer.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slut shaming
  • Racism
  • Blackmail
  • Cyberbullying
  • Grandparent with Alzheimer’s Disease
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Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol—a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest that she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Classism
  • Forced sex work
  • Child abuse
  • Substance addiction
  • Trauma & nightmares
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Graphic physical injuries, including burns
  • Needles
  • Starvation & dehydration
  • Emesis (off-page)
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child recounted
  • Death of a father & husband recounted
  • Death of a friend (on-page)
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence and stabbing
  • Gun violence
  • Explosions
  • Drowning
  • Whipping mentioned
  • Blackmail
  • War & rebellion themes, including riots
  • Animal death
  • Hunting
  • Poverty themes
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Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest online game. Divya—better known as popular streaming gamer D1V—regularly leads her #AngstArmada on quests through the game’s vast and gorgeous virtual universe. But for Divya, this is more than just a game. Out in the real world, she’s trading her rising-star status for sponsorships to help her struggling single mom pay the rent.

Gaming is basically Aaron Jericho’s entire life. Much to his mother’s frustration, Aaron has zero interest in becoming a doctor like her, and spends his free time writing games for a local developer. At least he can escape into Reclaim the Sun—and with a trillion worlds to explore, disappearing should be easy. But to his surprise, he somehow ends up on the same remote planet as celebrity gamer D1V… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Sexual assault recounted
  • Stalking
  • Blackmail
  • Bullying
  • Cyberbullying & online harassment
  • Doxxing
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The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I’m afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.

In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Attempted adult-minor marriage recounted
  • Child abuse
  • Death of a mother & father recounted
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Blackmail
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