Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend. We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Paedophilia
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia & psychosis
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Pregnancy
  • Blood depiction
  • Body horror
  • Death of a child
  • Torture
  • Gun violence
  • Bullying
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Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Girl, 11 by Amy Suiter Clarke

Once a social worker specializing in kids who were the victims of violent crime, Elle Castillo is now the host of a popular true-crime podcast that tackles cold cases of missing children in her hometown of the Twin Cities. After two seasons of successfully solving cases, Elle decides to tackle her white whale—The Countdown Killer. Twenty years ago, TCK abruptly stopped after establishing a pattern of taking and ritualistically murdering three girls over seven days, each a year younger than the last. No one’s ever known why—why he stopped with his eleventh victim, a girl of eleven years old, or why he… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Emesis
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping
  • Fire recounted
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One True Loves by Elise Bryant 

One True Loves by Elise Bryant 

Lenore Bennett has always been a force. A star artist and style icon at her high school, she’s a master in the subtle art of not giving a . . . well, you know what. But now that graduation is here, she’s a little less sure.

She’s heading to NYU in the fall with a scarlet U (for “undeclared”) written across her chest. Her parents always remind her that Black kids don’t have the luxury of figuring it out as they go—they have to be 110 percent… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Emesis

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Devolution by Max Brooks

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks

As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined… until now. But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing – and too earth-shattering in its implications – to be forgotten.

In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Panic attack, on-page
  • Dieting discussed & calorie-counting
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Dead bodies
  • Emesis
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a husband, on-page
  • Death of friends, on-page
  • Earthquakes & volcanic eruption, on-page
  • Animal attack & death from animal attack (theme)
  • Animal death
  • Animal dead bodies & butchery, on-page
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The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite

The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite

When his girlfriend throws him out during the pandemic, Bambi has to go to his Uncle’s house in lock-down Lagos. He arrives during a blackout, and is surprised to find his Aunty Bidemi sitting in a candlelit room with another woman. They both claim to be the mother of the baby boy, fast asleep in his crib.

At night Bambi is kept awake by the baby’s cries, and during the days he is disturbed by a… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Child neglect
  • Cheating
  • Alcohol consumption, on-page
  • Recreational drug use, on-page
  • COVID-19 (theme)
  • Emesis
  • Physical illness & tribal marking disfigurement of a baby
  • Blood depiction
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of an uncle & husband recounted
  • Animal slaughter, on-page
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Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Boo and Lilian Klepakowsky

Eat, and Love Yourself by Sweeney Bo and Lilian Klepakowsky

In pursuit of the perfect body, Mindy buys the low-fat diet products and the glossy magazines which promise the secret to losing weight. One night, while perusing the aisles of the neighborhood convenience store for a midnight snack, she finds a new product. A chocolate bar called “Eat and Love Yourself”. On a whim, Mindy buys the curious candy, not knowing that with every piece of chocolate she eats, she will be brought back to a specific moment of her past — helping her to look at herself honestly, learn to love her body the way it is, and accepting love. Perhaps, she will even realize that her long lost high school best friend, Elliot, was more than just a friend…

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Eating disorder (bulimia)
  • Disordered eating, including bingeing & purging
  • Depression
  • Emesis
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How Hard Can Love Be by Holly Bourne 

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact: love is hard.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Emesis
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The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne 

The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Bree is by no means popular. Most of the time, she hates her life, her school, her never-there-parents. So she writes.

But when Bree is told she needs to stop shutting the world out and start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. A manifesto that will change everything… but the question is, at what cost?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slut shaming
  • Teacher-student relationship
  • Revenge pornography
  • Self harm
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Emesis
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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju 

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town.

Macho drag kings, magical queens, new love interests, and surprising allies propel Nima both painfully and hilariously closer to a self she never knew she could be—one that can confidently express and accept love. But she’ll have to learn to accept lost love to get there.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Misgendering
  • Parental abandonment
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Emesis
  • Bullying
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Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez

Eighteen-year-old Zarela Zalvidar is a talented flamenco dancer and daughter of the most famous Dragonador in Hispalia. People come for miles to see her father fight in their arena, which will one day be hers.
But disaster strikes during their five hundredth anniversary show, and in the carnage, Zarela’s father is horribly injured.

Facing punishment from the Dragon Guild, Zarela must keep the arena—her ancestral home and inheritance —safe… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Blood depiction
  • Death of a parent
  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Fire
  • Animal death
  • Animal cruelty
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