The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale

The Decoy Girlfriend by Lillie Vale

Writer Freya Lal has a huge secret: she’s a dead ringer for It-girl actress Mandi Roy. Her second novel is due in a month, but inspiration is nowhere to be found. Desperate to shake off her writer’s block, Freya leans into her look-alike abilities and indulges in some mistaken identity for simple perks, like scoring a free mimosa or getting into a trendy nightclub. Actor Taft Bamber appears to have it all: gorgeous, talented, and Mandi’s love interest both on- and off-screen. But what nobody knows is that their relationship is a PR stunt, and after years of playing make-believe… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Toxic friendship
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Death of a mother mentioned
  • Cyberharassment
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So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn’t changed much in her sixteen years. But instead, she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother’s inn. And she certainly didn’t expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother’s doorstep. It’s up to Finley… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Toxic friendship
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Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Islamophobia
  • Bimisia
  • Lesbomisia
  • Coming out themes
  • Disownment
  • Toxic friendship (theme)
  • Alcohol consumption discussed
  • Bullying
  • False allegations of cheating in a school test
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Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

On the streets of the Island of Lady’s Crave live 14-year-old street urchins Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But there is something dangerous in the deep waters of the undersea, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. When the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. Even if it means compromising not just who Jelt is, but what he is ..

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Slavery
  • Ableism
  • Toxic friendships
  • Aquaphobia
  • Body horror
  • Medical experimentation
  • Poverty
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Road Tripping with Pearl Nash by Poppy Nwosu

Road Tripping with Pearl Nash by Poppy Nwosu

The summer is finally here, and Pearl Nash is on a mission to save her slowly disintegrating friendship with a whirlwind end-of-year road trip that is definitely absolutely most positively going to solve all her problems. Except, instead of her best friend Daisy’s feet on her dash, suddenly Pearl ends up stuck in the middle of the desert beside Obi Okocha, a boy with a mega-watt smile and an endlessly irritating attitude. Tasked with delivering him to the most epic end-of-year party ever, located in a beach shack in literal middle-of-nowhere woop woop, Pearl Nash is certain… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Racism
  • Toxic friendship
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Disappearance of a grandparent
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Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper

Emmy Harlow is a witch but not a very powerful one—in part because she hasn’t been home to the magical town of Thistle Grove in years. Her self-imposed exile has a lot to do with a complicated family history and a desire to forge her own way in the world, and only the very tiniest bit to do with Gareth Blackmoore, heir to the most powerful magical family in town and casual breaker of hearts and destroyer of dreams. But when a spellcasting tournament that her family serves as arbiters for approaches… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Sexism
  • Cheating recounted
  • Toxic relationship
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Loss of autonomy (possession)
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Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow 

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Melly only joined the school band because her best friend, Olivia, begged her to. But to her surprise, quiet Melly loves playing the drums. It’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a mouse. Now, she and Olivia are about to spend the next two weeks at Camp Rockaway, jamming under the stars in the Michigan woods.

But this summer brings big changes for Melly: her parents split up, her best friend ditches her, and Melly finds herself falling for a girl at camp named Adeline. To top it off, Melly’s not sure she has what it takes to be a real rock ‘n’ roll drummer. Will she be able to make music from all the noise in her heart?

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Ableist language
  • Sexism
  • Toxic friendship
  • Parent with Multiple Sclerosis
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Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey

Two weeks before Christmas and all through Manhattan, shop windows are decorated in red and green satin. I’m standing alone in front of the famous Vivant department store, when a charming man named Aiden asks my opinion of the décor.

It’s a tragedy in tinsel, I say, unable to lie.
He asks for a better idea with a twinkle in his eye.
Did I know he owned the place? No. He put me on the spot. Now I’m working for that man, trying to ignore that he’s hot… Read more.

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Trigger & Content Warnings

  • Toxic friendship discussed
  • Imprisonment for armed robbery recounted
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Run by Kody Keplinger

Run by Kody Keplinger

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and an alcoholic mom. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never stayed out past ten p.m., never gone on a date and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally-blind daughter, but Agnes isn’t quite sure what they are protecting her from.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. But when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, police sirens wailing in the distance, Agnes is faced with the biggest choice she’s ever had to make. Run, or stay?

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Slut shaming
  • Toxic friendships
  • Substance addiction
  • Drug use & abuse
  • Alcohol consumption
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Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Sisters by Daisy Johnson

Now she returns with Sisters, a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins.

Born just ten months apart, July and September are thick as thieves, never needing anyone but each other. Now, following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long-abandoned family home near the shore. In their new, isolated life, July finds that the deep bond she has always shared with September is shifting in ways she cannot entirely understand. A creeping sense of dread and unease descends inside the house. Meanwhile, outside, the sisters push boundaries of behavior—until a series of shocking encounters tests the limits of their shared experience, and forces shocking revelations about the girls’ past and future.

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Trigger & Content Warnings:

  • Sexual assault
  • Toxic relationships
  • Mental illness
  • Self-harm
  • Blood
  • Child death
  • Grief
  • Bullying
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