Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Brynn Haper’s life has one steadying force–Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project–and actually getting a response–Brynn starts drafting e-mails to Rachel but never sending them. Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with her first serious girlfriend, about her brother Nick’s death, about her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she’s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Homomisia
  • Child abuse
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Death of a brother from a drug overdose
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The Island by CL Taylor 

The Island by C.L. Taylor

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday: a week-long trip for six teenage friends on a remote tropical island. But when their guide dies of a stroke leaving them stranded, the trip of a lifetime quickly turns into a nightmare. Because someone on the island knows each of the group’s worst fears. And one by one, they’re coming true.

Seven days in paradise. A deadly secret. Who will make it off the island alive?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual harassment
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias discussed
  • Burn scars
  • Death of a brother in a fire
  • Death of a mother in a car accident
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November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. Can Ben’s… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Cheating
  • Burn scars
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a mother from suicide recounted
  • Death of a brother from a car accident
  • Housefire recounted
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Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden 

Strawberry Summer by Melissa Brayden

Margaret Beringer didn’t have an easy adolescence. She hated her name, was less than popular in school and was always cast aside as a “farm kid.” However, with the arrival of Courtney Carrington, Margaret’s youth sparked into colour. Courtney was smart, beautiful, and put together—everything Margaret wasn’t. Who would have imagined that they’d fit together so perfectly?

But first loves can scar… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slut shaming
  • Emotional parental abuse
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father
  • Death of a brother in a tractor accident
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The Family Plot by Megan Collins 

The Family Plot by Megan Collins

At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse has a lot to learn when it comes to the real world. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she has spent the last several years living on her own, but unable to move beyond her past—especially the disappearance of her twin brother Andy when they were sixteen.

With her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house she has avoided for years. But as the rest of the Lighthouse family arrives for the memorial… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Cancer mentioned
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a brother
  • Death of a father
  • Disappearance of a sibling recounted
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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.

The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it’s up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use
  • Blood depiction
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a brother
  • Gun violence
  • Police brutality & violence
  • Incarceration of a parent
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If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell 

If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell

After three failed seasons and a disastrous jilting, Lady Dorothea Beaumont has had more than enough of her family’s scheming. She won’t domesticate a duke, entangle an earl, or vie for a viscount. She will quietly exit to her aunt’s Irish estate for a life of blissful freedom. Until an arrogant, sinfully handsome duke singles her out for a waltz, making Thea the most popular belle of the season. The duke ruined her plans and he’ll just have to fix them… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Murder of a baby brother
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Risking it All by Tessa Bailey

Risking it All by Tessa Bailey

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Death of a brother
  • Murder
  • Organised crime (gangs)
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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand 

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment. Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything. Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a son
  • Death of a brother by suicide
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Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay 

Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay

One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Facial scars (burns)
  • Cheating
  • Physical injury
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a twin brother recounted
  • Death of a boyfriend from heart disease
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