The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Los Angeles, 1992

Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.

Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Lesbomisia
  • Homomisia
  • Racism & racist slurs
  • Colourism
  • Parental abse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Cheating
  • Sexual harassment
  • Attempted suicide mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption & abuse
  • Recreational drug use & abuse
  • Blood depiction & physical injuries
  • AIDS mentioned
  • Riots
  • Police brutality & racial profiling
  • Gun violence
  • Lynching
  • Physical assault
  • Wildfires

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Andrea Oliver’s mother, Laura, is the perfect small-town mum. Laura lives a quiet but happy life in sleepy beachside Belle Isle. She’s a pillar of the community: a speech therapist, business owner and everybody’s friend. And she’s never kept a secret from anyone. Or so Andrea thinks.

When Andrea is caught in a random violent attack at a shopping mall, Laura intervenes and acts in a way that is unrecognisable to her daughter. It’s like Laura is a completely different person – and that’s because she was. Thirty years ago. Before Andrea. Before Belle Isle… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Domestic abuse
  • Suicide
  • Drug abuse
  • Loss of a pregnancy
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • AIDS
  • Emesis
  • Death of a sibling
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Explosions
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Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt….

Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?

Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Ableism & ableist language (r slur)
  • Homomisia, internalised homomisia & homomisic slurs
  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Slut shaming
  • Rape
  • Domestic abuse recounted
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Attempted child sexual assault recounted
  • Depression
  • Attempted suicide
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug abuse
  • AIDS & HIV
  • Bullying
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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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