Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship–the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Hate crimes
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Nightmares
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Recreational drug use
  • Car accident
  • Incarceration
  • Animal death
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White Oleander by Janet Fitch

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Astrid has been raised by her mother, a beautiful, headstrong poet. Astrid forgives her everything as her world revolves around this beautiful creature until Ingrid murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life. Astrid’s fierce determination to survive and be loved makes her an unforgettable figure.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Graphic child sexual abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Cheating
  • Suicide
  • Alcoholism
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Incarceration
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath just can’t let go. Now that they’re in college, Cath must decide if she’s ready to start living her own life. But does she even want to if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Cath doesn’t need friends IRL. She has her twin sister, Wren, and she’s a popular fanfic writer in the Simon Snow community with thousands of fans online.  But now that she’s in college, Cath is completely outside of her comfort zone. There are suddenly all these new people in her life. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming boyfriend, a writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome new writing partner … And she’s barely heard from Wren all semester!

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Antisemitism
  • Starvation
  • Death of a child
  • Murder & mass murder
  • Chemical gassing
  • Concentration camp (setting)
  • The Holocaust & World War Two
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City of Glasses by Cassandra Clare

City of Glasses by Cassandra Clare

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Hate crimes
  • Incest
  • Sexual assault
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Intimate partner violence recounted
  • Hallucinations
  • Graphic suicide & self-inflicted injuries recounted
  • Pregnancy & childbirth mentioned
  • Blood & gore depiction, including blood-drinking
  • Physical injuries
  • Dead bodies
  • Medical experimentation
  • Needles & syringes
  • Forced starvation
  • Grief & loss depiction
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a brother
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Torture
  • Explosion
  • Poisoning
  • Kidnapping
  • Imprisonment
  • Fire
  • Drowning
  • War themes & battle scenes
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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Homomisia
  • Slut shaming
  • Hate crimes
  • Incest
  • Child abuse recounted
  • Intimate partner violence recounted
  • Suicide & suicidal ideation mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood & gore depiction, including blood-drinking
  • Physical injuries
  • Coma
  • Emesis
  • Hospitalisation
  • Death of a child
  • Death of a husband
  • Murder
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Torture
  • Kidnapping
  • Home invasion
  • Imprisonment
  • War themes
  • Bullying
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. His hopes for a quiet school term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed, though, when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it his imagination that is making him feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Fatmisia & body shaming
  • Classism
  • Racism & racial slurs
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Suicide mentioned
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood depiction & physical injuries
  • Grief & depiction
  • Death of a mother & father mentioned
  • Murder & attempted murder
  • Explosion recounted
  • Imprisonment & wrongful incarceration
  • Animal attack
  • Animal death & dead bodies
  • Bullying

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Whisper by Lynette Noni

Whisper by Lynette Noni

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Blood depiction
  • Torture
  • Imprisonment
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The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni

The Prisoner Healer by Lynette Noni

Seventeen-year-old Kiva Meridan has spent the last ten years fighting for survival in the notorious death prison, Zalindov, working as the prison healer. When the Rebel Queen is captured, Kiva is charged with keeping the terminally ill woman alive long enough for her to undergo the Trial by Ordeal: a series of elemental challenges against the torments of air, fire, water, and earth, assigned to only the most dangerous of criminals.

Then a coded message from Kiva’s family arrives, containing a single order: “Don’t let her die. We are coming.” Aware that the Trials will kill the sickly queen, Kiva risks her own life to volunteer in her place. If she succeeds, both she and the queen will be granted their freedom. But no one has ever survived.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Rape (off-page)
  • Self harm
  • Emesis
  • Plague
  • Terminal illness
  • Death of a parent
  • Death of a sibling
  • Knife violence & stabbing
  • Torture
  • Whipping
  • Fire
  • Near-drowning incident
  • Imprisonment
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Boy X by Dan Smith

Boy X by Dan Smith

Kidnapped and drugged, Ash wakes up on a remote tropical island. His mum – a genetic scientist – has been imprisoned and infected with a deadly virus. Where is he, and what’s he doing there? He sets out to cross the jungle to find out and rescue his mother. Soon he realises he’s quicker and sharper than before. But there’s something else …why are the animals watching him, and how can he use the jungle to his advantage?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Nonconsensual drugging
  • Kidnapping & captivity
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Ebb and Flow by Heather Smith

Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith

One summer,
after a long plane ride
and a rotten bad year
I went to Grandma Jo’s.
It was my mother’s idea.
Jett, what you need is a change of scenery.
I think she needed a change of scenery, too.
One without me.
Because that rotten bad year?
That was my fault.

ast year, Jett and his mother had moved to a new town for a fresh start after his father went to jail. But Jett soon learned that fresh starts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. When he befriended a boy with a difficult home life, Jett found himself in a cycle of bad decisions that culminated in the betrayal of a friend – a shameful secret he still hasn’t forgiven himself for. Will a summer spent with his unconventional grandmother help Jett find his way to redemption?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Incarceration of a parent
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