To Best the Boys by Mary Weber 

To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port have received a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. The poorer residents look to see if their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Classism
  • Ableism
  • Parent with serious illness
  • Dead body
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Don’t Let Go by Cynthia Dane and Hildred Billings 

Don’t Let Go by Cynthia Dane & Hildred Billings

Rose Wu’s ordinary life as a concierge clerk was only meant to be a means to a financial end. Yet there is one resident in her high-rise luxury building who makes coming to work worth it.

Cindy Ling, the enigmatic businesswoman who always has a lady on her arm, also has a wink to spare the mild-mannered clerk looking her way…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Homomisia
  • Classism
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The Charmed List by Julie Abe 

The Charmed List by Julie Abe

After spending most of high school as the quiet girl, Ellie Kobata is ready to take some risks and have a life-changing summer, starting with her Anti-Wallflower List—thirteen items she’s going to check off one by one. She’s looking forward to riding rollercoasters, making her art Instagram public (maybe), and going on an epic road trip with her best friend Lia.

But when number four on Ellie’s list goes horribly wrong—revenge on Jack Yasuda—she’s certain her… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Classism
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother from cancer mentioned
  • Death of parents in a car accident mentioned
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Blameless by Gail Carriger 

Blameless by Gail Carriger

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Misogyny
  • Slut-shaming
  • Fatmisia & body-shaming
  • Classism
  • Racism
  • Cheating discussed
  • Disownment
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Drugging
  • Pregnancy (theme)
  • Miscarriage discussed in-depth
  • Forced ‘breeding’ programs discussed
  • Physical injuries, including graphic eyeball trauma
  • Blood & gore depiction, including on-page blood-drinking
  • Emesis
  • Dead bodies & body parts
  • Forced human medical experiments recounted
  • Eugenics discussed
  • Death of a father mentioned
  • Death of a girlfriend recounted
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence
  • Physical assault
  • Kidnapping & captivity
  • Hostage situation
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Classism
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Poverty
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Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan

Fence: Striking Distance written by Sarah Rees Brennan, created by C.S. Pacat & illustrated by Johanna the Mad

Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion who dreams of getting the proper training he could never afford. After earning a place on the elite Kings Row fencing team, Nicholas must prove himself to his rival, Seiji Katayma, and navigate the clashes, friendships, and relationships between his teammates on the road to state championships—where Nicholas might finally have the chance to spar with his golden-boy half-brother… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Child abuse & neglect mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption mentioned
  • Bullying
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The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.

“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.

“I am the Lord,” the man whispers.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Suicide
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child
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How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian 

How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian 

All sixteen-year-old Izzy Crawford wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. Her father, a marine, died in Iraq six years ago, and Izzy’s moved to a new town nearly every year since, far from the help of her extended family in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. When Izzy’s hardworking mom moves their small family to Virginia, all her dreams start clicking into place. She likes her new school—even if Izzy is careful to keep her scholarship-student status hidden from her well-to-do classmates and her new athletic and popular boyfriend. And best of all: Izzy’s family has been selected by Habitat for Humanity to build and move… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Racism
  • Death of a father during military deployment
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Grace by Victoria Scott

Grace by Victoria Scott

Nineteen-year-old Michelle has had a tough life, to say the least. Then she gets pregnant. She is convinced she would be a terrible mother but having grown up in care, she cannot bring herself to subject her child to the same fate.

Amelia and her husband have dreamed of having a family for years, but have lost all hope after the worst kind of tragedy. Then they are offered the chance to adopt baby Grace, and it feels like they finally have everything they’ve ever wanted… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic abuse & violence
  • Attempted suicide
  • Drug abuse
  • Infertility
  • Stillbirth
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Every Variable of Us by Charles Bush 

Every Variable of Us by Charles A. Bush

After Philly teenager Alexis Duncan is injured in a gang shooting, her dreams of a college scholarship and pro basketball career vanish in an instant. To avoid becoming another Black teen trapped in her poverty-stricken neighbourhood, she shifts her focus to the school’s STEM team, a group of nerds seeking their own college scholarships. Academics have never been her thing, but Alexis is freshly motivated by Aamani Chakrabarti, the new Indian student who becomes her mentor (and crush?). Alexis begins to see herself as so much more than an athlete. But just as her future starts to reform, Alexis’s own doubts and old loyalties pull her back into harm’s way. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Homomisia
  • Transmisia
  • Islamomisia
  • Classism
  • Hate crime
  • Disownment
  • Substance addiction
  • Gun violence
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