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The rest of us just live here, Patrick Ness

Label
The rest of us just live here
Title
The rest of us just live here
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Ness
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 worshiped by mountain lions
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Character
Award
  • YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2016.
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2017.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 9-12 Mikey and his pals are about to graduate high school, right as the indie kids—“that group with the cool-geek haircuts and the thrift shop clothes”—start disappearing. It’s not the first time this has happened: over his 18 years, Mikey’s watched as the indie kids (they’re always the Chosen Ones) battled the undead, defeated vampire suitors, and engaged in other world-saving activities. It’s run-of-the-mill stuff at his high school, which has been blown up more than once. But right now, Mikey, perfectly normal, not-superpowered Mikey, has more pressing, if prosaic, things to worry about in the little time he has left before college—namely, getting cozy with beautiful Henna, connecting with his sister, dealing with his paralyzing anxiety, and hanging with his best friend, who happens to be a God of Cats. Best-selling Ness has crafted a polished, lifelike world where the mundane moments are just as captivating as the extraordinary. Mikey and his friends are flawed, funny, and deeply human, yet the challenges they face—mental illness, family trouble, jealousies, etc.—are just as meaningful as the apocalypse-prevention the indie kids get up to. 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. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: You don’t have to have superpowers to recognize Ness’ cachet in the YA scene. -- Walters Wright, Lexi (Reviewed 07-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 21, p58)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 9 Up — In this highly satiric exploration of the "chosen one" genre, an incredibly normal group of friends are approaching the end of high school and their parting of ways. Mikey is just trying to get through the year and hopefully ask his longtime crush to the prom. Similarly, each person in Mikey's close-knit circle of friends is battling a myriad of highly relatable issues: jealousy, various insecurities, and dysfunctional family relationships. The beginning of each chapter also contains an update in the concurrent story line centering on the "indie kids." These are Mikey and his pals' extraordinary peers, those from exceptional families who are exclusively chosen whenever there is a supernatural occurrence. They've fought off zombies and fallen in love with vampires, and now they're being targeted by the Immortals, a mysterious group looking for a permanent Vessel. In the end, Mikey and his friends come to grips with the ways in which they are both ordinary and extraordinary. This is a highly ambitious novel with an original concept, and the five main characters are all dealing with issues that will resonate with teens. Though the two plotlines don't always come together and readers used to more linear narratives might feel bombarded by information, the stream-of-consciousness narrative will please fans of Libba Bray's Going Bovine (Delacorte, 2009). VERDICT 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.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT --Sunnie Lovelace (Reviewed September 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 9, p170)
  • Having written both exquisite fantasies and heartbreaking contemporary stories, Ness (More Than This ) forays into satire, and mostly succeeds, poking fun at the Chosen One trope—imagine a novel about Bella and Edward’s classmates wrestling with exams, college admission, and unrequited love, with all those vampire/werewolf shenanigans as backdrop. Siblings Mikey and Melinda know something sinister is happening when the “indie kids” start dying in mysterious ways. Zombie deer and eerie blue pillars of light suggest apocalypse (again) in their remote town in Washington State, but they are busy trying to survive familial dysfunction (their father is an alcoholic, their mother a power-hungry politician) that has worsened Mikey’s anxiety and given Mel an eating disorder. Their diverse circle of friends includes Henna (Mikey’s crush) and Jared who is (secretly) part god. Each chapter opens with an ominous (and hilarious) synopsis about the imminent showdown between the Immortals and the hipster clique, and while the payoff after all the supernatural and emotional buildup is minimal, this is Mikey’s story to tell and he’s not trying to save the world, just himself. Ages 14–up. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 3, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 31, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ It's not easy being normal when the Chosen One goes to your high school. High school senior Mikey Mitchell knows that he's not one of the "indie kids" in his small Washington town. While they "end up being the Chosen One when the vampires come calling or when the Alien Queen needs the Source of All Light or something," Mikey simply wants to graduate, enjoy his friendships, and maybe, just maybe, kiss his longtime crush. All that's easier said than done, however, thanks to his struggles with anxiety, his dreadful parents, and the latest group of indie kids discovering their "capital-D Destinies." By beginning each chapter with an arch summary of the indie kids' adventures before returning to Mikey's wry first-person narration, Ness offers a hilarious—and perceptive—commentary on the chosen-one stories that are currently so popular in teen fiction. The diverse cast of characters is multidimensional and memorable, and the depiction of teen sexuality is refreshingly matter-of-fact. Magical pillars of light and zombie deer may occasionally drive the action here, but ultimately this novel celebrates the everyday heroism of teens doing the hard work of growing up. Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed. (Fantasy. 13 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10439451
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ness, Patrick
Dewey number
  • [Fic]
  • 813.6
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL700L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
LC call number
PS3614.E498
LC item number
R47 2015
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
4.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • High schools
  • Teenagers
  • Exceptional teenagers
  • High schools
  • Teenagers
  • Dystopias
  • Dystopias
  • High schools
  • Teenagers
  • Washington (State)
  • Washington (State)
  • Washington (State)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The rest of us just live here, Patrick Ness
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1412721
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9780062403162
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062403162
  • (OCoLC)913099475
Label
The rest of us just live here, Patrick Ness
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1412721
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
317 pages
Isbn
9780062403162
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062403162
  • (OCoLC)913099475

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