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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

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My teenage son told me I had to read this book. I'm so glad I listened.

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great characters and development

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.

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Interesting take on supernatural teen life

This book is about a teen named Mikey who is finishing high school, spending time with his friends, and dealing with strange happenings involving an invasion of our realm by immortal beings. The book mostly covers Mikey’s life and feelings, typical teen experiences, and more. I found it very entertaining and a second parallel story is told through short intro sentences describing what is happening to the “indie kids”. The indie kids are the ones who seem to find supernatural trouble and have to save the world time after time. The one thing I didn’t like about the book is that no explanation is given to why these things are happening. I like to think perhaps they are all in a virtual world and don’t know it. The pacing is fairly good, though it does slow down at times and get mired in Mikey’s thoughts. Overall though, its a great quality book for entertainment but it is somewhat shallow unless you look at the brief struggles with OCD and eating disorders. The narrator for the audio book was top-notch.

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Surpring and Powerful

I came into this book thinking it would be a funny take on the life stories of the no-name side characters of generic hero quest stories (I had no prior knowledge of the author to be honest), but the book I got was so much more. The characters provide readers with positive messages of support and care for those suffering from mental health issues, family/home-life issues, or loneliness and neglect even though they all concurrently suffer from some combination of these. There’s also a positive message for members of the LGBTQ community that don’t feel safe or secure enough to fully come out, if at all. Just such positivity all over the place. I highly recommend this book to anyone that may be suffering from any of these issues or wants a pretty realistic-feeling interpretation of what people suffering from these things go through.

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Great story, but the narrator kept losing focus.

It's a hard gig, narration. In some books, an author's quirks really stand out, and the narrator has to tamp them down to the best of his or her ability. In this case, I kept losing track of what character was speaking, a problem I did not have while reading it in print. The story is excellent, and I (a high school librarian) have no problem getting students to read it. The audiobook? That's another story.

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Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world

What made the experience of listening to The Rest of Us Just Live Here the most enjoyable?

Excellent narration. Loved how each chapter started with a brief description of what the indie kids were doing--fighting the supernatural battles, saving the day--while the main characters went about being normal (well, sort of) teenagers--it really drove home the meaning of the title. Also liked how in several cases, what you thought was going to happen didn't--though to avoid spoilers, I won't say how.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rest of Us Just Live Here?

Not so much a moment but a thing - I like the relationship between main guy Mikey and his best friend, Jared, a lot, particularly the way Jared looks out for Mikey when he's having an OCD episode. Really real and touching.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any with Jared and any sort of cat. I love how weird that little storyline is and how okay Jared is with the whole thing. Like it doesn't bother him at all that cats follow him around and literally worship him. I don't know, I thought it was funny.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What Everybody Else Is Doing While the Superheroes Save the Day<br/><br/>(Okay, it's a little long for a tag line.)

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Potential to be great! A bit disappointed

I think the idea was there I just wish the book would've given me more.

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A Real Story for Real People

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.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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why me?

I don't want to write reviews every time I listen to a book. it was just okay. jmo.

0 of 10 people found this review helpful