Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

Nima doesn’t feel understood. By her mother, who grew up far away in a different land. By her suburban town, which makes her feel too much like an outsider to fit in and not enough like an outsider to feel like that she belongs somewhere else. At least she has her childhood friend Haitham, with whom she can let her guard down and be herself. Until she doesn’t. As the ground is pulled out from under her, Nima must grapple with the phantom of a life not chosen, the name her parents didn’t give her at birth: Yasmeen. But that other name, that other girl, might just be more real… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamomisia
  • Hate crime
  • Attempted rape mentioned
  • Cheating mentioned
  • Hospital
  • Death of a parent, off-page
  • Police violence & brutality
  • Drowning

Lavender House by Lev AC Rosen

Lavender House by Lev A.C. Rosen

Lavender House, 1952: the family seat of recently deceased matriarch Irene Lamontaine, head of the famous Lamontaine soap empire. Irene’s recipes for her signature scents are a well-guarded secret—but it’s not the only one behind these gates. This estate offers a unique freedom, where none of the residents or staff hide who they are. But to keep their secret, they’ve needed to keep others out. And now they’re worried they’re keeping a murderer in. Irene’s widow hires Evander Mills to uncover the truth behind her mysterious death. Andy, recently fired… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia & slurs
  • Hate crimes, including gay bashing
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
  • Animal death & hunting (rabbit)

Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor

Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor

With only a drop of flare, one can light the night sky with fireworks . . . or burn a building to the ground — and seventeen-year-old Ingrid Ellis wants her fair share. Ingrid doesn’t have a family fortune, monetary or magical, but at least she has a plan: Rise to the top on the arm of Linden Holt, heir to a hefty political legacy and the largest fortune of flare in all of Candesce. Her only obstacle is Linden’s father who refuses to acknowledge her. So when Senator Holt announces his run for president, Ingrid uses the situation to her advantage. She strikes a deal to spy on… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Classism
  • Misogyny
  • Abandonment
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Blood depiction
  • Police brutality
  • Fire & immolation
  • Explosion
  • Incarcerated parent
  • Terrorism
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Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he’s been looking for… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Death of a brother in a presumed double-suicide with his girlfriend recounted
  • Police brutality & violence
  • Physical assault
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Dexter Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Is Dead by Jeff Lindsay

Dexter Morgan has burned the candle at both ends for many years: blood spatter analyst, husband, father, serial killer. And now, for the first time, his world has truly collapsed. Dexter is arrested on charges of murder. He has lost everything – including his wife, his kids, and the loyalty of his sister. Now completely alone, Dexter faces a murder charge (for a crime, ironically, he did not actually commit). His only chance for freedom lies with his brother, Brian, who has a dark plan to prove Dexter’s innocence. But the stakes are deadly, and the epic showdown that lies in Dexter’s path may… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableism
  • Racism & racial profiling
  • Blood & gore depiction
  • Murder
  • Torture
  • Police brutality
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The Break by Phillip Gwynne

The Break by Phillip Gwynne

Growing up with the famous Bali surf at his backdoor, Taj had a perfect childhood – until 10 years ago when three robed judges sentenced his father to death. But Kimbo didn’t die – he’s been on death row ever since, leaving Taj in a weird limbo, unable to look to his own future. When the election of a new President leads to a date being set for Kimbo’s execution, Taj realises there is only one course of action left to him- bust his dad out of jail. What follows is the whirlwind ride of father and son on the run through Indonesia, authorities hot on their tail. As events unravel, Taj uncovers … Read more,

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Homomisia
  • Blood depiction
  • Medical procedures
  • Murder
  • Gun violence
  • Police corruption
  • Kidnapping
  • Car accident recounted
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Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

Safiya Mirza dreams of becoming a journalist. And one thing she’s learned as editor of her school newspaper is that a journalist’s job is to find the facts and not let personal biases affect the story. But all that changes the day she finds the body of a murdered boy. Jawad Ali was fourteen years old when he built a cosplay jetpack that a teacher mistook for a bomb. A jetpack that got him arrested, labeled a terrorist—and eventually killed. But he’s more than a dead body, and more than “Bomb Boy.” He was a person with a life worth… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism & white supremacy
  • Islamomisia
  • Antisemitism mentioned
  • Hate crime
  • Blood depiction
  • Emesis
  • Death of a child
  • Murder
  • Police brutality
  • Kidnapping
  • Car accident
  • Terrorism
  • Bullying
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This Weightless World by Adam Soto

This Weightless World by Adam Soto

From the streets of gentrified Chicago to the tech boom corridors of Silicon Valley, This Weightless World follows a revolving cast of characters after alien contact upends their lives. We are introduced to Sevi, a burned-out music teacher desperate for connection; Ramona, his on-again, off-again computer programmer girlfriend; and Sevi’s cello protege Eason, struggling with the closure of his high school; after a mysterious signal arrives from outer space. When the signal–at first seen as a sign of hope–stops as abruptly as it started, they are all forced to reckon with its aftermath. In San Francisco, Sevi fights to find mean… Read more,

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Drug use
  • Police brutality
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Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros

Efrén Nava’s Amá is his Soperwoman, named after the delicious Mexican sopes his mother often prepares. Both Amá and Apá work hard all day to provide for the family, making sure Efrén and his younger siblings Max and Mía feel safe and loved. But Efrén worries about his parents; although he’s American-born, his parents are undocumented. His worst nightmare comes true one day when Amá doesn’t return from work and is deported across the border to Tijuana, México. Now more than ever, Efrén must channel his inner Soperboy to help take care of and try to reunite his family.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Deportation (theme)
  • ICE raids, off-page
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The Kindest Lieby Nancy Johnson

The Kindest Lie by Nancy Johnson

It’s 2008, and the inauguration of President Barack Obama ushers in a new kind of hope. In Chicago, Ruth Tuttle, an Ivy-League educated Black engineer, is married to a kind and successful man. He’s eager to start a family, but Ruth is uncertain. She has never gotten over the baby she gave birth to—and was forced to leave behind—when she was a teenager. She had promised her family she’d never look back, but Ruth knows that to move forward, she must make peace with the past. Returning home, Ruth discovers the Indiana factory town of her youth is plagued by unemployment, racism, and despair. As she begins digging… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Drug abuse
  • Substance addiction
  • Gang violence
  • Lynching
  • Police brutality
  • Poverty
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