A Librarian Reads…

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

There are the kids that things happen to. The ones who fall in love with vampires, find out they are The Chosen One, save the world. This book isn’t about them. It’s about the rest of us, whose lives go on despite everything. Mikey and his friends are just trying to make it through their senior year and escape their town. Their biggest concerns are writing history essays, dealing with crazy parents, and hoping the Indie kids don’t blow up the school before graduation. Sure, there’s something freaky going on—people dying, deer with glowing blue eyes, cops that aren’t really people. But those aren’t their problems. Dealing with an alcoholic father, a mother running for office, a lifelong crush on his friend. These are Mikey’s problems. And trust me, they’re big enough.

In addition to the humorous perspective of the outsider, this book offers a genuinely touching story about people trying to make their way in the world. Recommended for high school and up.

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