Book Trigger List

Because publishers still aren’t putting content warnings in their books, here is a list of (mostly YA) books and possible triggers.

Inclusion on this list doesn’t mean I have read the book, nor does it mean it is a wholly unproblematic book, nor does it mean it is a good book. This is a crowdsourced list.

Let’s work together to keep each other safe and prepared. Some of these triggers might seem small to you, but even if it might not be triggering (in the traditional sense of the word) for anyone, it’s still good to be prepared for what you’re about to read.

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Organized by author’s last name. Ctrl/cmd + F to search for certain triggers or authors.

Triggers listed:
Alphabetically. Related triggers are together, separated by a comma, with the most general trigger word listed first.

  • abortion
  • ADHD
  • abuse, abusive relationship, child abuse, domestic abuse, emotional abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, child neglect
  • alcoholism, alcohol
  • amnesia
  • anger issues
  • anxiety, agoraphobia, panic attacks
  • bipolar disorder
  • blood, gore, graphic injuries
  • bullying, cyberbullying
  • car accident
  • compulsions, OCD
  • death, murder, torture
  • depersonalization disorder
  • depression
  • divorce
  • drugs, addiction
  • eating disorder, anorexia, bulimia, ARFID
  • emetophobia (fear of v*miting)
  • guilt
  • hallucinations, delusions
  • hate crimes
  • homophobia
  • hospitalization
  • incest
  • kidnapping, Stockholm syndrome, abduction
  • loss of a loved one
  • mental illness (general)
  • miscarriage
  • narcissistic personality disorder
  • needles
  • paranoia
  • pills
  • rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault
  • schizophrenia
  • self harm, cutting, self harm imagery
  • sex, prostitution
  • stalking
  • suicide
  • terminal illness, cancer
  • transphobia
  • trauma, PTSD
  • violence
  • war
  • 9/11

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  • The Kill Order by James Dashner (suicide)
  • Say Her Name by James Dawson (self harm, suicide)
  • Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (depression, rape, suicide)
  • Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (domestic abuse)
  • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (eating disorder, rape)
  • Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen (eating disorder)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (abuse, child abuse, kidnapping, rape)
  • Before I Die by Jenny Downham (death, terminal illness)
  • Elena Vanishing by Elena & Clare B. Dunkle (eating disorders, emetophobia, anorexia, bulimia, self-harm, cutting, sexual assault, rape, blood, OCD, miscarriage)
  • On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis (drugs, emetophobia, graphic injuries, self harm, suicide)

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  • Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot (ARFID, anorexia, bulimia, eating disorder, self harm)

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  • Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (sexual abuse, paranoia, self harm, stalking)
  • Beautiful by Amy Reed (abuse, alcohol, drugs, incest, suicide, mental illness, violence)
  • Clean by Amy Reed (addiction, drugs)
  • Crazy by Amy Reed (depression, suicide, bipolar disorder, mental illness)
  • Damaged by Amy Reed (grief, car accident, guilt, alcohol)
  • Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (mental illness, agoraphobia, anxiety, ptsd, trauma)
  • A World Without You by Beth Revis (suicide)
  • 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (suicide)
  • A List of Cages by Robin Roe (child abuse, Stockholm syndrome)
  • Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos (abuse, anxiety, depression, mental illness)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (bullying, sexual assault)

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  • My Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young (suicide, loss of a loved one)
  • The Program duology by Suzanne Young (depression, loss of a loved one, rape, self harm, sexual abuse, suicide)
  • Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (depersonalization disorder, eating disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, OCD, suicide)

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