The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Hardcover)

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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

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Six starred reviews!

A bold and irreverent YA novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable, The Rest of Just Live Here is from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy.

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.

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choice * Michael Printz Award shortlist * 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

Praise For…


“Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed.”

“Ness’ deadpan sci-fi novel pokes fun at far-fetched futuristic fantasies while emphasizing the important victories of merely living. This memorable, moving, and often hilarious read is sure to be a hit.”

“Fans of madcap humor and satire and those seeking more thought-provoking alternatives to the usual fare will appreciate this unique and clever take on a familiar trope.”

“Clever and laugh-out-loud funny, the supernatural side notes add tension and humor to the story. This is highly recommended for libraries serving young adults.”

“The result is a cleverly metafictive, occasionally humorous, occasionally poignant love letter to the kids most likely to get sorted into Hufflepuff or who might occasionally date one of the Scooby gang, but whose real heroism lies in living their daily lives bravely and compassionately.”

“This clever sendup of traditional fantasy fare doesn’t have nearly the body count as Ness’s award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, but it does have all of the heart, and then some.”

“In this often-hilarious (and just as often poignant) parody of fantasy stories from Harry’s to Buffy’s, not everyone is a Chosen One, but “everyone’s got something”; everybody matters.”

The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the antidote to all things formulaic: it’s meta, playful, wise and true--and clever-as-hell.

Magical, mysterious and breathtakingly suspenseful, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is an absolute marvel of imagination, invention, and heart. I truly couldn’t put it down -- proof, once again, that Ness never disappoints.

“Hilarious! And so, so clever. All the characters are beautifully drawn. This is one smart, warm book, both entertaining and thought-provoking.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062403162
ISBN-10: 0062403168
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English