Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Three years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia, internalised homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Bimisia
  • Religious bigotry
  • Coming out (central theme)
  • Conversion therapy discussed
  • Death of a father during military service mentioned
  • Ex-communication from Mormon community mentioned
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Turbulence by Whitney G.

Turbulence by Whitney G.

He and I met under a cloud of clichés:Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy fucks girl. Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways. But then we saw each other again… and neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple. Our passion was scandalous. Our hearts were supposed to be safe… but when you find something so all-consuming–something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us. This is our messed up love. This is turbulence.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Cheating recounted
  • Familial estrangement
  • Plane crash
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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose office she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

As Gottlieb explores the inner chambers of her patients’ lives — a self-absorbed Hollywood producer, a young newlywed diagnosed with a terminal illness, a senior citizen threatening to end her life on her birthday if nothing gets better, and a twenty-something who can’t stop hooking up with the wrong guys — she finds that the questions they are struggling with are the very ones she is now bringing to Wendell.

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Sexism & misogyny
  • Victim blaming
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workplace harassment
  • Abuse, neglect & abandonment
  • Abusive relationships
  • Verbal abuse
  • Intimate partner abuse & violence
  • Estrangement & disownment
  • Child abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Medical treatment & procedures
  • Terminal illness
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease & heart attack
  • Physical injuries & wounds
  • Amputation/Loss of limb
  • Hospital & hospitalisation
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a friend
  • Death of a sibling
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Physical assault
  • Stalking
  • Car accident
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He’s Come Undone by Various

He’s Come Undone by Emma Barry, Olivia Dade, Adriana Herrera, Ruby Lang & Cat Sebastian

For him, control is everything…until it shatters, and now he’s come undone.

Appasionata by Emma Barry
Piano technician Brennan Connelly lives to control details: the tension on a piano string or the compression of hammer felt. But he’s never faced demands like those heaped on him by Kristy Kwong, the diva who’s haunted his dreams for two decades. Kristy’s got her own secrets–the debilitating stage fright that’s kept her from performing publicly for years to start–and this concert is the last chance to save her career. But can he locate her lost passion without losing his precious control? … Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Sexism
  • Familial estrangement
  • Disownment
  • Domestic abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack, on-page
  • Depression
  • Parent with Early-Onset Dementia
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Daddy Crush by Adriana Anders

Daddy Crush by Adriana Anders

I’m about to have my first kiss and I feel absolutely nothing. No excitement, no flutters, not even a glimmer of curiosity. That all changes when my bossy neighbor steps in and shows me how it’s done, just this once. But when the kiss that sets me on fire ends, it’s not enough. I want more. I want it all. And I want him to be the one.

I’m bossy, possessive, dirty-talking, and twice her age. Kissing my cute, innocent neighbor is a terrible idea—especially when kissing turns into more. One taste of her sweet lips might not be enough. Once I touch her, there’s no going back. Once I’ve had her, she’s mine.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Familial estrangement
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Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert

Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert

Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control. Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.

When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way—even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Internalised ableism
  • Homomisia
  • Outing mentioned
  • Disownment
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma attack
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Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Jackson

Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Jackson

Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant.

He’s ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected…in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael.

And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect—the ability to time travel. And they’ve tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Racism discussed
  • Familial estrangement
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical injury
  • Hospitalisation
  • Organ transplants & surgery mentioned
  • Terminal cancer
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Ms Behave by Cathy Yardley

Ms. Behave by Cathy Yardley

Simon has been away from his hometown for 12 years since a youthful prank got him kicked out of school, his home, and his best friend’s life. Now, his work on the hit TV show Mystics has brought him back to Snoqualmie and face-to-face with his past.

Mallory is a corporate lawyer who just wants to be accepted for who she is, and Simon was the one person who always seemed able to do that until he left town, and her, behind. Determined to fix things between them by any means, she vows to joke, cajole, and otherwise pester Simon into getting things back the way they were… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Bimisia
  • Disownment & familial estrangement
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The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren

Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents–who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno–Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Abandonment
  • Familial estrangement
  • Alcoholism & substance addiction mentioned
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Traffick by Ellen Hopkins

Traffick by Ellen Hopkins

In Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five characters tackling these enormous questions: Eden, the preacher’s daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze; Ginger, who runs away from home with her girlfriend and is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop; and Cody, whose gambling habit forces him into the life, but who is shot and left for dead.

And now, in Traffick, these five are faced with the toughest question of all: Is there a way out?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Disownment
  • Sexual assault
  • Sex trafficking
  • Forced sex work
  • Substance addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Gun violence
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