Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Parental abandonment
  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Substance addiction
  • Drug abuse
  • Death of a sibling
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We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

To the Green-eyed Lovebird: We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House. You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Parent with alcoholism
  • Unplanned pregnancy
  • Death of a spouse
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Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron

Brody Fair feels like nobody gets him: not his overworked parents, not his genius older brother, and definitely not the girls in the projects set on making his life miserable. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia” that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday for Nico and his band of present-day misfits and miscreants.

Here Brody finds his tribe and a weekly respite from a world where he feels out of place… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Homomisia
  • Eating disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic attacks
  • Suicide discussed
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The Worst Guy by Kate Canterbary  

The Worst Guy by Kate Canterbary

Eight weeks of forced proximity is a long time to hate someone you’re trying not to love. Sebastian Stremmel doesn’t need another headache. He has enough of his own without Sara Shapiro, the noisy new reconstructive surgeon, stomping all around his surgical wing with her chippy, chirpy cheerfulness.

But Sebastian doesn’t usually get what he… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Eating disorder recovery
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Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant 

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant 

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing—in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader.

When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism & ableist language
  • Racism
  • Anxiety & panic attacks

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Come Away with Me by Jaye Robin Brown 

Come Away with Me by Jaye Robin Brown

One minute, Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for: an adoring husband, Gabe, and a baby on the way. The next, a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident that will change her life in ways she never could have imagined.

Tegan is consumed by grief, not to mention her anger toward Gabe, who was driving on the night of the crash. But just when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a col… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Depression
  • Attempted suicide
  • Miscarriage
  • Surgery (hysterectomy)
  • Death of a partner
  • Car accident
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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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Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Della can’t work out why her adored older sister Suki screams in her sleep. Suki has always been Della’s protector, especially after their mother went to prison and her boyfriend took the sisters in. But who has been protecting Suki?

Della is in trouble at school for having a big mouth, but after she stands up to the class bully other girls rally to her cause. When Suki tries to kill herself, Della decides it’s time to tell their secrets and speak out… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexual assault
  • Verbal & emotional abuse
  • Addiction
  • Attempted suicide
  • Bullying
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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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Waylaid by Sarina Bowen

Waylaid by Sarina Bowen

The first time I meet Rickie, I don’t know what to make of him. The second time we meet, he doesn’t remember the six hours we spent together. Or standing me up afterward.

I’m not the same, either. I’ve got secrets. I’ve told lies. Bad boys aren’t my type, anyway. Even the ones with troubled grey eyes… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sleeping disorder
  • Physical assault
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