The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian by Han Kang book cover

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Rape
  • Abuse of a disabled person
  • Cheating
  • Eating disorder
  • Disordered eating
  • Self-harm
  • Delusions
  • Hospital, specifically psychiatric wards
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UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir by Emily Lindin

UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir by Emily Lindin

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Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes up short.

It’s hard to for him to be present when every time he touches an object or person, Alex sees into its future. When he touches a scoop, he has a vision of him using it to scoop ice cream. When he touches his car, he sees it years from now, totaled and underwater. When he touches Talia, he sees them at the precipice of breaking up, and that terrifies him. Alex feels these visions are a curse, distracting him, making him anxious and unable to live an ordinary life.

And when Alex touches a photo that gives him a vision of his brother’s imminent death, everything changes.

With Alex now in a race against time, death, and circumstances, he and Isaiah must grapple with their past, their future, and what it means to be a young Black man in America in the present.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny and sexism
  • Gendered slurs
  • Slut-shaming
  • Homosia & homomisic language
  • Body-shaming
  • Sexual assault
  • Emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Depression
  • Self-harm mentioned, specifically cutting
  • Eating disorder mentioned, specifically bulimia
  • Suicide & suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol & drug use
  • Bullying, including sexual bullying
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The Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson

The Roses of May by Dot Hutchinson

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Paedophilia
  • Incest
  • Rape & sexual assault
  • Eating disorder
  • Suicide
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Emesis
  • Murder
  • Stalking
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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings & Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape
  • Abusive relationship recounted
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Alcoholism
  • Disordered eating
  • War themes
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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Transmisia
  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Coming out themes
  • Hate crimes
  • Physical parental abuse
  • Suicide & attempted suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Self-harm mentioned
  • Eating disorders mentioned
  • AIDS
  • Bullying
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Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

To find the truth, you’ve got to be willing to hear it. When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection. But her real life is far from perfect.

Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth. And most of all, he’s determined to make Annabel happy…

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Victim blaming
  • Sexual assault
  • Eating disorder (anorexia nervosa)
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On Beauty by Zadie Smith

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Howard Belsey, a Rembrandt scholar who doesn’t like Rembrandt, is an Englishman abroad and a long-suffering professor at Wellington, a liberal New England arts college. He has been married for thirty years to Kiki, an American woman who no longer resembles the sexy activist she once was. Their three children passionately pursue their own paths: Levi quests after authentic blackness, Zora believes that intellectuals can redeem everybody, and Jerome struggles to be a believer in a family of strict atheists. Faced with the oppressive enthusiasms of his children, Howard feels that the first two acts of his life are over and he has no clear plans for the finale. Or the encore… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Physical abuse
  • Cheating (theme)
  • Disordered eating
  • Panic attack
  • Alcohol consumption
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Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

After years of waiting for her Calling—a trial every witch must pass in order to come into their powers—the one thing Voya Thomas didn’t expect was to fail. When Voya’s ancestor gives her an unprecedented second chance to complete her Calling, she agrees—and then is horrified when her task is to kill her first love. And this time, failure means every Thomas witch will be stripped of their magic.

Voya is determined to save her family’s magic no matter the cost. The problem is, Voya has never been in love, so for her to succeed, she’ll first have to find the perfect guy—and fast. Fortunately, a genetic matchmaking program has just hit the market. Her plan is to join the program, fall in love, and complete her task before the deadline. What she doesn’t count on is being paired with the infuriating Luc—how can she fall in love with a guy who seemingly wants nothing to do with her?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Racism mentioned
  • Slavery
  • Child neglect mentioned
  • Substance abuse mentioned
  • Eating disorder
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Police brutality
  • Gun violence
  • Whipping
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As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

As Far As You’ll Take Me by Phil Stamper

Marty arrives in London with nothing but his oboe and some savings from his summer job, but he’s excited to start his new life–where he’s no longer the closeted, shy kid who slips under the radar and is free to explore his sexuality without his parents’ disapproval.

From the outside, Marty’s life looks like a perfect fantasy: in the span of a few weeks, he’s made new friends, he’s getting closer with his first ever boyfriend, and he’s even traveling around Europe. But Marty knows he can’t keep up the facade. He hasn’t spoken to his parents since he arrived, he’s tearing through his meager savings, his homesickness and anxiety are getting worse and worse, and he hasn’t even come close to landing the job of his dreams. Will Marty be able to find a place that feels like home?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Coming out themes
  • Nonconsensual outing
  • Homomisia
  • Religious bigotry
  • Anxiety & anxiety attacks
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Disordered food & weight thoughts (including on-page crash dieting, food-shaming, calorie counting & self-imposed starvation)
  • Alcohol consumption
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Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard—falling from it is even harder.  Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High… until vicious rumors about her—and her best friend’s boyfriend—start going around. Now Regina’s been frozen out, and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina were guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth, and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past whom she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn’t come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend… if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don’t break them both first.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Sexual assault (on-page)
  • Eating disorder
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Drug abuse
  • Bullying
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