The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

by Patrick Ness

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.

BookDragon Says: This should be in every middle school classroom. The book pokes fun at modern YA fantasy tropes while tackling hard issues with a relatively diverse cast. OCD, anorexia, bulimia, alcoholism, narcissism, absentee parenting, homosexuality, death, bullying — it’s all here, plus the regular teen stresses of navigating the line between friend/lover,  grades, cliques and being the new kid. Excellently written with humor and heart.





  • Diverse Cast
  • Tackles real issues
  • Great YA read


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