THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness
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THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE

Age Range: 13 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

It’s not easy being normal when the Chosen One goes to your high school.

High school senior Mikey Mitchell knows that he’s not one of the “indie kids” in his small Washington town. While they “end up being the Chosen One when the vampires come calling or when the Alien Queen needs the Source of All Light or something,” Mikey simply wants to graduate, enjoy his friendships, and maybe, just maybe, kiss his longtime crush. All that’s easier said than done, however, thanks to his struggles with anxiety, his dreadful parents, and the latest group of indie kids discovering their “capital-D Destinies.” By beginning each chapter with an arch summary of the indie kids’ adventures before returning to Mikey’s wry first-person narration, Ness offers a hilarious—and perceptive—commentary on the chosen-one stories that are currently so popular in teen fiction. The diverse cast of characters is multidimensional and memorable, and the depiction of teen sexuality is refreshingly matter-of-fact. Magical pillars of light and zombie deer may occasionally drive the action here, but ultimately this novel celebrates the everyday heroism of teens doing the hard work of growing up.

Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed. (Fantasy. 13 & up)

Pub Date: Oct. 6th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-06-240316-2
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2015




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