The Risk by Elle Kennedy

The Risk by Elle Kennedy

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, and too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a much-coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me.

I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend. For every fake date, he wants a real one… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Misogyny
  • Substance addiction
  • Panic attack
  • Drug abuse
  • Teen pregnancy recounted
  • Miscarriage recounted
  • Abortion mentioned
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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Then: She was fifteen, her mother’s golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.

Now: It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter. And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a café and sweeps Laurel off her feet. Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter.

Poppy is precocious and pretty – and meeting her completely takes Laurel’s breath away. Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back. What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? Who still has secrets to hide?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Suicide by gun violence, off-page
  • Nonconsensual insemination of a child
  • Kidnapping
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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it—but can she do it?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Sexual assault
  • Cheating
  • Intimate partner abuse & violence
  • Pain pill addiction
  • Drug use & abuse
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Hospital
  • Coma
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a child
  • Car accident
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You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow

There’s a box in the back of Audrey’s closet that she rarely thinks about. Inside is a letter, seventeen years old, from a mother she’s never met, handed to her by the woman she’s called Mom her whole life. Being adopted, though, is just one piece in the puzzle of Audrey’s life—the picture painstakingly put together by Audrey herself, full of all the people and pursuits that make her who she is.

But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something—a tightly sealed box in the closet corners of her heart—crack open, spilling her dormant fears and unanswered questions all over the life she loves… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Abortion
  • Teen pregnancy
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He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

He says: Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls has got it made—a full football ride to UMiami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High. She says: Football, shmootball. Here’s what Claudia Clarke cares about: Harvard, the poor, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . . . the list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr. T-Diddy Smalls and his harem of bimbos.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Lesbomisia & lesbomisic slurs
  • Coming out themes
  • Revenge pornography
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Abortion discussed
  • Gun violence
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How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends—everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.

Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted—to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Nonconsensual pregnancy*
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking mentioned
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father

* Note : The protagonist fears she became pregnant when she was sexually abused by her mother’s boyfriend.

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A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T Smith

A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith

It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides.

But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Depression
  • Disordered eating
  • Attempted suicide
  • Self harm
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Pregnancy from rape*
  • Abortion
  • Emesis

*Note: A character learns she was the product of date-rape.

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The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Teen pregnancy mentioned
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Son by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry

They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Nonconsensual child pregnancy
  • Caesarian childbirth
  • Forced adoption
  • Shipwreck
  • Animal attack
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Slam by Nick Hornby

Slam by Nick Hornby

For 16-year-old Sam, life is about to get extremely complicated. He and his girlfriend—make that ex-girlfriend— Alicia have gotten themselves into a bit of trouble. Sam is suddenly forced to grow up and struggle with the familiar fears and inclinations that haunt us all.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use (smoking)
  • Abortion mentioned
  • Teen pregnancy (theme)
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