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.
©2015 Patrick Ness (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Some really great character development for this size of a book.
Really great friendships and brother & sister relationships.
I thought this book was going to make fun of the YA/Fantasy/Adventure genre and it did but in a respectful way that still makes you feel sympathetic to those characters.
The main character I felt was really relatable and he had a great journey throughout the book.
Very satisfied, so far this might be my top book of 2016.
Full disclosure: I love shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and iZombie. I love comic books. But, I don't think you have to be a fan of the genre to appreciate this book. Mike is just an average guy. He has his friends and he has his problems. Even in a high school populated by "the chosen ones," Mike and his friends are special - because the truly love one another. Sometimes courage just means you're strong enough to live your life and help others live theirs.
This book was beautifully written. Heartfelt and funny. Extremely well narrated, too. The narrator had subtly distinct voices for the characters, and (blessedly) did not try to pitch his voice to read the female parts. I hate that. Instead he made his own voice a bit softer and smoother. It gave an impression of femininity without being weird.
Recently found a love for books and with Audible I can clean and keep going - I also use it in my classroom to urge kids to read.
From the author of Moster Calls is a teen story with a slight twist of the Supernatural. This story of seniors iabout to depart on their own is not only a realistic approach on their lives, but is funny, heart warming and a trip down memory lane ( for this reader) trying to pinpoint their sexual identity. It was a really captivating story, and I don't enjoy Realistic Fiction.
So if this book was to prove a point, is was that writing a story not centered around a chosen one is boring. There was no plot to the characters that the book was about, and was therefore very very uninteresting.
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