The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince & the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Forced coming out
  • Queermisia
  • Ableism
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Surgery mentioned
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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi book cover

There are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question — How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableist language
  • Coming out themes mentioned
  • Child sexual abuse (central theme, not on-page or described)
  • Child abuse
  • Surgery mentioned
  • Hormone replacement therapy mentioned
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Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Classism
  • Lesbomisia
  • Homomisia
  • Misgendering recounted
  • Coming out themes
  • Parental abandonment mentioned
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Emesis
  • Bullying
  • Poverty themes
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The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Queermisia, homomisia & bimisia
  • Coming out themes
  • Body shaming
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Abusive relationship
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Alcoholism & alcohol abuse
  • Minor blood depiction and physical injuries
  • Hospital
  • Emesis
  • (Tattoo) needles
  • Car accident
  • Online harassment
  • Stalking from paparazzi and invasions of privacy
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Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

Hideous Beauty by William Hussey

When Dylan and Ellis’s secret relationship is exposed on social media, Dylan is forced to come out. To Dylan’s surprise they are met with support and congratulations, and an amazing reception at their highschool dance. Perhaps people aren’t as narrow-minded as he thought?

But Dylan’s happiness is short-lived. Ellis suddenly becomes angry, withdrawn, and as they drive home from the dance, he loses control of the car, sending it plunging into Hunter’s Lake. Barely conscious, Dylan is pulled free of the wreck, while Ellis is left to drown.

Grief-stricken, Dylan vows to discover what happened to Ellis that night and piece together the last months of his boyfriend’s life – and realises just how little he knew about the boy he loved.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Homomisia
  • Rape
  • Physical & sexual abuse
  • Recreational drug use
  • Cancer
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Car accident
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Giant Days, Vol 6 by John Allison & Max Sarin

Giant Days, Vol 6 by John Allison & Max Sarin

Giant Days by John Allison and Max Sarin book cover

Second year begins and Daisy, Susan, and Esther have taken their friendship commitment to the next level by moving into their “beautiful home” off-campus. But the keys didn’t come without new responsibilities. Unwanted suitor visits, a robbery, and Susan living only a few blocks apart from her ex-boyfriend, McGraw, has made the dorms feel like a haven. The girls are in for a dose of reality when they learn that there’s more to being an adult than paying your own rent.

Eisner Award nominee John Allison (Bad MachineryScary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Liz Fleming welcome you back to Sophomore year in Giant Days Volume 6, collecting issues #21-24 of the critically acclaimed series.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Lesbomisia
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use, specifically smoking
  • Physical illness
  • Hospital, brief scene
  • Dead bodies, including autopsies
  • Scalpels
  • Death of a neighbour
  • Home invasion
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Giant Days, Vol 2 by John Allison & Lissa Treiman

Giant Days, Vol 2 by John Allison & Lissa Treiman

Giant Days, Vol 2 by John Allison and Lissa Trieman book cover

Continuing their first semester at university, fast friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy want to find their footing in life. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, holiday balls, hometown rivals, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

Collects issues #5-8.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Sexual harassment
  • Dubious consent, specifically kissing while intoxicated
  • Toxic relationship
  • Panic attack, on-page
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use, specifically smoking
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Swimming the Distance by Annabeth Albert

Swimming the Distance by Annabeth Albert

Swimming the Distance by Annabeth Albert book cover

When denial turns to deception, love may not be enough to keep Kyle and Bohdan’s relationship afloat.

Hours before leaving for the Olympics, Kyle Christopher discovers that his long-time boyfriend, an Olympic long distance swimmer, has done an interview where he denied being gay. Despite sharing a home and a dog with Kyle, three-time Olympian Bohdan Petrov isn’t ready to come out publicly. After Bohdan’s lies start stacking up, Kyle’s not sure he can keep waiting quietly in the shadows. When their estrangement takes a toll on Bohdan’s performance, both must decide where their priorities lay once and for all.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
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Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Off Base by Annabeth Albert book cover

After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Coming out themes
  • Queermisic-based workplace harassment*
  • Child abuse, recounted
  • Hospitalisation
  • Surgery
  • Physical illness
  • Military mission, on-page
  • Main characters in the military
  • Physical illness of a pet
  • Bullying

*Assistance with queermisic-based workplace harassment sought by main character

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First in Line by Annabeth Albert

First in Line by Annabeth Albert

First in Line by Annabeth Albert book cover

Ethaniel’s first few days at college are challenging and are complicated by a sudden attraction to Nesto. Will he find the courage to be his true self?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Homomisia
  • Conversion therapy, mentioned
  • Racist language
  • Miscarriage, mentioned
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