Trauma

The depictions here vary widely. Some are on-page, some are in the past, etc. The list here means they strongly inform the story and/or main character in one way or another. This page is not intended to serve as trigger warnings (nor are these comments on the works), but rather to help those actively seeking fiction about specific traumatic experiences.

Ableism

Aphobia

Biphobia

  • Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
  • Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Blackmail

YA

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
  • Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales
  • Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Breakup

  • It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland

Bullying

MG

  • Obie is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar

YA

  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Child Abuse (Physical)

YA

  • The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

CSA

YA

  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • The Fever King by Victoria Lee
  • Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (TW: self-harm depicted on cover)
  • Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin
  • Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers

Adult

Death in the Family

MG

  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (Brother)
  • The Whispers by Greg Howard (Mother)
  • Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff (Uncle)

YA

  • Bruised by Tanya Boteju (Mother)
  • The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown (Father)
  • The Ghosts We Keep by Mason Deaver (Brother)
  • The Confusion of Laurel Graham by Adrienne Kisner (Grandmother)
  • 37 Things by Kekla Magoon (Father)
  • By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery (Uncle)
  • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro (Father)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (Sister)

Adult

  • Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (Father)
  • The Guncle by Steven Rowley (SIL)

Divorce

Domestic Abuse/Partner Violence

Dysphoria

  • Birthday by Meredith Russo
  • Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert

Homophobia

YA

  • Flamer by Mike Curato
  • The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Immigration-Related Trauma

  • Indivisible by Daniel Aleman

Kidnapping/Imprisonment

  • Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage
  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Murder

YA

  • All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell
  • Even if We Break by Marieke Nijkamp
  • You’re Next by Kylie Schachte
  • Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Natural Disaster

YA

  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy (Katrina aftermath)
  • Switchback by Danika Stone (snowstorm)

Outing

YA

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Adult

  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Parental Neglect

  • Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

Parental Rejection

These books are by and large about protagonists who were kicked out of their homes as teens and/or are estranged from their parents as adults

YA

  • Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff
  • I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
  • The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon
  • Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
  • Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters
  • The (Un)popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez

Adult

Partner Death

  • The Meaning of Birds by Jaye Robin Brown
  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall

Police Brutality

  • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Racism

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
  • Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Sexual Assault

YA

  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Off the Record by Camryn Garrett
  • The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin

Adult

  • Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage

School Shooting

  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass
  • That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Suicide

  • Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Toxic Parent(s)

These are books with parents who are emotionally abusive or otherwise non-physically harmful in some way, unrelated to queerness.

  • How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Toxic Romance

  • In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

Transphobia

  • Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  • Birthday by Meredith Russo
  • Can’t Take that Away by Steven Salvatore
  • All Kinds of Other by James Sie
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