The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions… 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Eating disorder (anorexia)
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Suicide mentioned
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What Happens Next by Claire Swinarski

What Happens Next by Claire Swinarski

What Happens Next by Claire Swinarski

Astronomy-obsessed Abby McCourt should be thrilled about the solar eclipse her small town of Moose Junction is about to witness, but she’s not. After her older sister Blair was sent away for an eating disorder, Abby has been in a funk.

Desperate to dull the pain her sister’s absence has left, she teams up with a visiting astronomer to help track down his long-lost telescope. Though this is supposed to take Abby’s mind off the distance between her and Blair, what she finds may bring her closer to her sister than she ever thought possible.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Anorexia
  • Panic attack
  • Institutionalisation
  • Grief
  • Social isolation
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Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

Things We Lost in the Fire: Stories by Mariana Enriquez

In these wildly imaginative, devilishly daring tales of the macabre, internationally bestselling author Mariana Enriquez brings contemporary Argentina to vibrant life as a place where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and legions of desaparecidos loom large in the collective memory. In these stories, reminiscent of Shirley Jackson and Julio Cortázar, three young friends distract themselves with drugs and pain in the midst a government-enforced blackout; a girl with nothing to lose steps into an abandoned house and never comes back out; to protest a viral form of domestic violence, a group of women set themselves on fire.

But alongside the black magic and disturbing disappearances, these stories are fueled by compassion for the frightened and the lost, ultimately bringing these characters—mothers and daughters, husbands and wives—into a surprisingly familiar reality. Written in hypnotic prose that gives grace to the grotesque, Things We Lost in the Fire is a powerful exploration of what happens when our darkest desires are left to roam unchecked, and signals the arrival of an astonishing and necessary voice in contemporary fiction

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia
  • Child abuse
  • Eating disorder
  • Disordered food & weight thoughts
  • Substance abuse
  • Police brutality
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Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

Homesick For Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another World is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O’Connor, and Homesick for Another World is her Everything That Rises Must Converge or A Good Man is Hard to Find. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We’re in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia
  • Eating disorders
  • Disordered food & weight thoughts
  • Substance abuse, specifically alcoholism
  • Depression
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The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Paedophilia & child sexual assault
  • Incest (father-daughter)
  • Eating disorders
  • Attempted suicide
  • Self harm
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What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

In Victorian England, Londoners wash up dead on Thames, What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again.She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size-zero obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorder (theme)
  • Self harm
  • Bullying
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What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

“A stunning and honest debut poetry collection about the beauty and hardships in being a mother, a wife, and a woman.” 

Through poems that are as unforgettably beautiful as they are accessible, Kate proves herself to truly be an exemplary voice in modern poetry. As easy to post on Instagram as they are to print out and frame, Kate’s words make women feel seen in their own bodies, in their own marriages, and in their own lives. Her poems are those you share with your mother, your daughter, your sister, and your friends. 

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Misogyny
  • Sexual assault
  • Eating disorder
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How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

How to Fail at Flirting by Denise Williams

One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup. Check…almost…. Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Revenge porn
  • Attempted rape (chp. 41)
  • Emotional abuse & gaslighting
  • Physical & psychological intimate partner abuse
  • Cheating recounted
  • Emesis
  • Stalking
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The Fastest Way To Fall by Denise Williams

The Fastest Way To Fall by Denise Williams

Britta Colby works for a lifestyle website, and when tasked to write about her experience with a hot new body-positive fitness app that includes personal coaching, she knows it’s a major opportunity to prove she should write for the site full-time.

As CEO of the FitMe app, Wes Lawson finally has the financial security he grew up without, but despite his success, his floundering love life and complicated family situation leaves him feeling isolated and unfulfilled. He decides to get back to what he loves—coaching. Britta’s his first new client and they click immediately… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Eating disorder mentioned
  • Alcohol & drug abuse off-page

*Note : Intentional changes in exercise and nutrition habits by the main characters, that do not include dieting, are depicted on-page.

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I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Sexual assault
  • Eating disorders
  • Self harm
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