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Best of New Fiction

 The Rest of Us Just Live Here   
"What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you're like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions."--Publisher.

 Salt to the Sea
 Historical fiction inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff—the greatest maritime disaster in history.
The Love that Split the World
  At the beginning of her last summer in Kentucky before leaving for college, Natalie is once again visited by the apparition she calls "Grandmother" and meets a new boy, Beau, who changes her life.  Time-traveling, magical, and beautifully written love story. 
 Don't Get Caught
Max Cobb flies under the radar—until a prank sets him and several classmates up to take the fall for the high school's legendary Chaos Club. In a quest to prove he's more than ordinary, Max, with his motley crew, decides to take down the club and the school's disliked disciplinarian.
 13 Little Blue Envelopes
When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.
Saint Anything           
Poignant, honest story about how we might suffer the misfortune of someone else's bad choices, how people who love us can become family when we desperately need it, and how starting over might - miraculously - mean taking a solid leap forward.
 All the Bright Places
The journey to, through, and past tragedy is romantic and heartbreaking, as characters and readers confront darkness, joy, and the possibilities—and limits—of love in the face of mental illness 
Captivating portrayals of Dylan and Jamie offer piercing insight into the long, painful battle to shatter stereotypes in order to win dignity, love, and acceptance.
Under a Painted Sky
 A multicultural look at the Oregon Trail, with resourceful, smart, and brave Chinese American and African American girls as main characters. High drama, tension, romantic longings, and touches of humor will entice historical fiction fans.
The Square Root of Summer FIC    HAP Gottie Oppenheimer, a seventeen-year-old physics prodigy, navigates grief, love, and disruptions in the space-time continuum in one very eventful summer
 Sixteen-year-old Willowdean wants to prove to everyone in her small Texas town that she is more than just a fat girl, so, while grappling with her feelings for a co-worker who is clearly attracted to her, Will and some others who also think they're misfits prepare to compete in the beauty pageant her mother runs.
 My Kind of Crazy
 Features a romantic hero who is valiant, sensitive, self-deprecating, and a little confused about which girl he wants to date. Aspiring comic-book artist Hank Kirby nearly burns down the house of his dream prom date, Amanda, with a sparkler-related proposal gone wrong.
 American Girls FIC
 Fifteen-year-old Anna runs away to Los Angeles where her half-sister takes her in, but after spending days on television and movie sets, she learns LA is not the glamorous escape she imagined.
 Girl Against the Universe FIC
 A fresh, contemporary story about one girl's tragic past and a boy who convinces her that maybe her luck is about to change.
 Tell Me Three Things
 Jessie's life is turned upside down when she is uprooted from Chicago to California after her father elopes.  Now she must deal with a stepfamily, a fancy school, a mean girl out to get her, and lingering grief over her mother's death.
 Nineteen years into a twenty-year truce, trouble is brewing between the three empires that make up the Witchlands, where threadsisters (best friends) Safi and Iseult are on the run from Safi’s duties as a domna (princess) and her value as a truthwitch—an individual who is able to see truth and lies in human speech. Pursued by many, for a variety of purposes, the two girls try to keep each other safe.
 Ready Player One FIC
 In the year 2044, Wade Watts, like the rest of humanity, chooses to escape reality and spends his waking hours in the limitless, utopian virtual world of the OASIS, but when Wade stumbles upon the first of the fiendish puzzles set up by OASIS creator James Halliday he finds he must compete with thousands of others--including those willing to commit murder--in order to claim a prize of massive fortune.
 The Lifeboat Clique
 "During a party, a tsunami hits the coast of California, and Denver and a handful of others escape death and are swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways is none other than her ex-BFF, Abigail, who can barely stand the sight of her. Trapped on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first--dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister? "--OCLC.
 Outrun the Moon FIC
 "On the eve of the San Fransisco Earthquake of 1906, Mercy Wong--daughter of Chinese immigrants--is struggling to hold her own among the spoiled heiresses at prestigious St. Clare's School. When tragedy strikes, everyone must band together to survive"--Provided by publisher.
 And I Darken FIC
 Lada and Radu, adolescent daughter and son of Wallachian Prince Vlad Dracul, are hostages held by the Ottoman Empire to assure their father’s cooperation with the Turks. Radu settles in and builds a life over time, while prickly Lada continues to dream of home. The Sultan’s son, Mehmed, soon claims them as companions, and the three grow up together planning for his time on the empire’s throne. - Booklist