The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe

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The Girls I've Been
Cover of The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe
Author(s) Tess Sharpe
Published January 26, 2021
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre(s) Contemporary
Age group Young Adult

The Girls I've Been by Tess Sharpe is a young adult contemporary novel, originally published on January 26, 2021.

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Author-Provided Warnings

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The following content warnings are listed on the author's website:

  • Violence & Abuse
    violence related to a bank robbery, violence related to surviving domestic violence, children and teens in peril, surviving psychological & emotional abuse, surviving parental abuse (psychological, emotional and physical), disclosure of being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse in a therapy setting, childhood sexual abuse (off-page), the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse and surviving childhood sexual abuse.
  • Assault
    verbal threats of physical assault, threats of sexual assault, physical assault (physical intimidation, hand to hand fighting, bullying, gunshot and stabbing wounds, arson, fire, explosions, references to dismemberment)
  • Death
  • Misc
    accidental cannabis ingestion (aka: someone eats a few pot cookies before anyone can alert them as to what’s in it), discussion of menstruation, discussion of reproductive health, choice and justice, references to living with chronic pain, menstrual hemorrhaging and endometriosis, mentions of a car accident that puts passengers in the hospital, discussion of a parent with a gambling addiction.

Additional Trigger Warnings

  • Domestic violence
  • Gaslighting
  • Grooming
  • Hostage situation
  • Manipulation
  • Rape
  • Victim blaming


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Bisexual main characters
  • Love interest with endometriosis
  • WLW side character