Surviving high school is hard enough for Mikey and his friends without the collateral damage that the Indie Kids leave in their wake. Who are the Indie Kids? They are the Heroes, the Chosen ones, the kids who battle vampires, gods, and immortals, all the while being impossibly cool and gorgeous. Mikey just wants to spend the last remaining weeks of senior year with his best friend Jared, and to finally get the courage to share his true feelings for his other best friend, Henna. But a host of difficult parents — and of course the Indie Kids — threaten to destroy his plans.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a book for all of us background characters, the “unchosen ones,” simply trying to live our ordinary lives. It is both humorous and emotionally resonant.— From Holiday Picks 2015
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Cooperative Children's Book Center CCBC Choice * Michael Printz Award shortlist * Six starred reviews * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * VOYA Perfect Ten * NYPL Top Ten Best Books of the Year for Teens * Chicago Public Library Best Teen Books of the Year * Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books * ABC Best Books for Children * Bank Street Best Books List
A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
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.