Smash It by Francina Simone

Smash It! by Francina Simone

Olivia “Liv” James is done with letting her insecurities get the best of her. So she does what any self-respecting hot mess of a girl who wants to SMASH junior year does After Liv shows up to a Halloween party in khaki shorts–why, God, why?–she decides to set aside her wack AF ways. She makes a list–a F*ck-It list. 1. Be bold–do the thing that scares me. 2. Learn to take a compliment. 3. Stand out instead of back. She kicks it off by trying out for the school musical, saying yes to a date and making new friends. Life is great when you stop punking yourself! However, with change comes a lot of missteps, and being bold means… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Colourism
  • Physical child abuse
  • Alcohol consumption mentioned
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Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana Davis

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis

For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn’t been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known. Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn’t fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home—or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Queermisia
  • Racism & colourism
  • Child abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Death of a parent
  • Physical assault
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Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra

Beatriz Herrera is a fierce woman who will take you down with her quick wit and keen intellect. And after the results of the 2016 election worked hard to erase her identity as a queer biracial woman, she’d be right to. Especially if you come for her sweet BFF cousin, Hero. Beatriz would do anything for her, a loyalty that lands Beatriz precisely where she doesn’t want to be: spending a week at the ridiculous Cape Cod mansion of stupid-hot playboy Ben Montgomery. The same Ben Montgomery she definitely shouldn’t have hooked up with that one time. The things we do for… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Colourism
  • Sexual harassment
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Attempted suicide, off-page
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

In the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz’s father is executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo Solórzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumours surrounding his first wife’s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security his estate in the countryside provides. She will have her own home again, no matter the cost. But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined. When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatriz’s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Rodolfo’s sister, Juana, scoffs… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape mentioned
  • Colourism
  • Emesis
  • Murder
  • Arson

Tacos for Two by Betsy St Amant

Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site. Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & colourism
  • Cancer
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Like Home by Louisa Onomé

From Little Tokyo, with Love by Sarah Kuhn

If Rika’s life seems like the beginning of a familiar fairy tale–being an orphan with two bossy cousins and working away in her aunts’ business–she would be the first to reject that foolish notion. After all, she loves her family (even if her cousins were named after Disney characters), and with her biracial background, amazing judo skills and red-hot temper, she doesn’t quite fit the princess mold. All that changes the instant she locks eyes with Grace Kimura, America’s reigning rom-com sweetheart, during the Nikkei Week Festival. From there, Rika embarks on a madcap adventure of… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism, on-page & discussed
  • Colourism
  • Sexism
  • Ableism, off-page
  • Lesbomisia
  • Parental abandonment
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack, on-page
  • Teen pregnancy recounted
  • Invasions of privacy (paparazzi)
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Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

In Regency London, Zacharias Wythe is England’s first African Sorcerer Royal. And that’s only the first of his problems. He must juggle the conflicting demands of a wayward Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, where a faction schemes to remove him from his position by fair means or foul. He must cope with the Fairy Court refusing to grant Britain the magical resources it needs. And now the British Government is avid to deploy this increasingly scare magic in its war with France. He must also contend with rumours that he murdered his predecessor and guardian… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Colourism
  • Misogyny
  • Classism
  • Slavery & indentured servitude
  • Hallucinations mentioned
  • Suicide recounted
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Burns
  • Dead bodies
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a husband
  • Death of a father
  • Murder discussed
  • Fire
  • Death by drowning recounted
  • War & colonialism themes
  • Workplace bullying
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How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta

How You Grow Wings by Rimma Onoseta

Sisters Cheta and Zam couldn’t be more different. Cheta, sharp-tongued and stubborn, never shies away from conflict—either at school or at home, where her mother fires abuse at her. Timid Zam escapes most of her mother’s anger, skating under the radar and avoiding her sister whenever possible. In a turn of good fortune, Zam is invited to live with her aunt’s family in the lap of luxury. Jealous, Cheta also leaves home, but finds a harder existence that will drive her to terrible decisions. When the sisters are reunited, Zam alone will recognize just how far Cheta has fallen—and Cheta’s fate will rest in Zam’s hands.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Colourism
  • Physical & verbal child abuse
  • Panic attacks, on-page
  • Drug abuse mentioned
  • Death of a grandparent
  • Gun violence
  • Kidnapping
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American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar

American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar

As the only Indian American kid in her small town, Lekha Divekar feels like she has two versions of herself: Home Lekha, who loves watching Bollywood movies and eating Indian food, and School Lekha, who pins her hair over her bindi birthmark and avoids confrontation at all costs, especially when someone teases her for being Indian. When a girl Lekha’s age moves in across the street, Lekha is excited to hear that her name is Avantika .nd she’s Desi, too! .. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Colourism
  • Hate crimes
  • Bullying
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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, her work friends think she’s too traditional (she’s saving herself for marriage!), her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex already, and the men in her life…well, that’s a whole other story. But Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right. Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel’s Wedding. Aided by a spr… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Colourism
  • Death of a parent recounted, off-page
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