The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor 

The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma’s sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers…those you can count on. (No pun intended.).

Emma’s senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club co-president, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Misogyny
  • Heart attack*
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Car accident, off-page

* Note : The protagonist’s father has a heart attack but survives.

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Far Cry by Kate Canterbary  

Far Cry by Kate Canterbary

Brooke Markham needs a man. A real good man. But she’s not looking for a keeper. She’s too busy kicking ass, running an empire, and caring for her ailing father to spend time with men who want annoying things like relationships and commitment and… conversation.

Brooke knows what she wants and it’s not a future with the growly barkeep. JJ Harniczek needs money. A whole lot of money. He’s determined to launch his… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parent with dementia
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a father from a heart attack recounted
  • Death of a mother recounted
  • Death of an uncle from liver disease mentioned
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Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman 

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Harley Milano has dreamed of becoming a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her heart and soul that she would be up there herself one day.

After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead, Harley leaves home, betrays her family, and joins the rival travelling circus… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation mentioned
  • Heart attack
  • Death of a parent mentioned
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Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur 

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Margot Cooper doesn’t do relationships. She tried and it blew up in her face, so she’ll stick with casual hookups, thank you very much. But now her entire crew has found “the one” and she’s beginning to feel like a fifth wheel. And then fate (the heartless bitch) intervenes. While touring a wedding venue with her engaged friends, Margot comes face-to-face with Olivia Grant—her childhood friend, her first love, her first… well, everything. It’s been ten years, but the moment they lock eyes, Margot’s cold, dead heart thumps in her chest… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Heart attack mentioned
  • Dieting & disordered food thoughts
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In My Dreams by Elin Annalise

In My Dreams by Elin Annalise

Twenty-five-year-old Polly Brady was supposed to fly off on a dating holiday to meet others, like her, who identify as asexual, but when the nature reserve she works at goes into lockdown after a terrorist attack, she finds herself stuck with Harry Weller, her childhood friend and the only man she’s ever loved. There are just two problems: Harry doesn’t know Polly’s in love with him, and he’s also very sex-orientated.

Still, Polly knows other couples who have had successful ace/allo relationships and given she was looking forward to romance this summer… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Amisia
  • Death of a parent recounted
  • Death of a sibling recounted
  • Car accident
  • Heart attack (parent)
  • COVID-19 pandemic mentioned
  • Gun violence
  • Terrorism mentioned
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When We Collided by Emery Lord 

When We Collided by Emery Lord 

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along. Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world. Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicide discussed
  • Self harm mentioned
  • Weight loss discussed
  • Psychiatric hospitalisation
  • Death of a parent from a heart attack
  • Death of a relative from a car accident
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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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Suicide Watch by Kelley York

Suicide Watch by Kelley York

18-year-old Vincent Hazelwood has spent his entire life being shuffled from one foster home to the next. His grades sucked. Making friends? Out of the question thanks to his nervous breakdowns and unpredictable moods. Still, Vince thought when Maggie Atkins took him in, he might’ve finally found a place to get his life—and his issues—in order.

But then Maggie keels over from a heart attack. Vince is homeless, alone, and the inheritance money isn’t going to last long. A year ago, Vince watched a girl leap to her death off a bridge, and now he’s starting to think she had the right idea… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Foster care system
  • Suicidal ideation (theme)
  • Suicide by jumping off a bridge recounted
  • Cancer mentioned
  • Heart attack
  • Homelessness
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Writers and Lovers by Lily King 

Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, mouldy room at the side of a garage, where she works on the novel she’s been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching on to something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Workplace sexual harassment
  • Cheating mentioned
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attack
  • Cancer (squamous cell carcinoma)
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a wife from cancer mentioned
  • Death of a mother from heart disease
  • Death of a sister mentioned

Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera

Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera 

As his twenty-sixth birthday approaches, Desta Joy Walker finds himself in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the one place he’s been actively avoiding most of his life. For Desta, the East African capital encompasses some of the happiest and saddest parts of his life–his first home and the place where his father died. When an unavoidable work obligation lands him there for twelve weeks, he may finally have a chance for the closure he so desperately needs. What Desta never expected was to catch a glimpse of his future as he reconnects with the beautiful country and his family’s past… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Coming out themes
  • Cheating recounted
  • Anxiety & panic attacks, off-page
  • Parent hospitalised for heart disease
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a father recounted