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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Children's Book Award 2016.

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016.

Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre’s power to reveal truths, particularly about teenage lives. As one band of teenagers – those special ‘indie kids’ familiar from so many YA novels – battle to save the world from the Immortals, the main plot of the novel concerns another group of young people. Mikey is getting through his teenage years with the help of his friends and by focusing on graduating and leaving home. He also wants to declare his love for his friend Henna. It’s enough for anyone to cope with, the possibility of someone blowing up school only adds to his problems. The indie kids’ story is told entirely in chapter head summaries, the real drama is Mikey’s, and of course his story means the most to the rest of us. Original, funny, true, it can only be Patrick Ness. ~ Andrea Reece

One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 - September 2015 Book of the Month

If you like Patrick Ness you might also like to read books by Rob Ewing and kevin brooks.

Synopsis

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were 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 might just be the God of mountain lions...An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as an insanely beautiful writer .

Reviews

What if you weren't the Chosen One? The one supposed to fight the Zombies or the soul eating ghosts? What if you have problems bigger than the end of the world, and just want to graduate and go to prom? This is a novel about ordinary kids, their hopes, dreams and relationships, while the indies kids run around saving humanity in the background. Ness is a writer who always surprises and this won't disappoint. I greatly enjoyed the subversion of YA tropes - the chapter descriptions are a particular delight - but the warmth of the relationships stood out for me: siblings, friends and lovers. Smart, funny and original. Don't miss it. Fiona Noble The Bookseller -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * This book is so excellent. So beautiful. So honest and so painful ... Ultimately, The Rest of Us is a story of the hope, fear, anxiety and uncertainty that comes with the end of childhood and the trepidation that comes with stepping into the life of adulthood. It condenses the pressures that young people feel at this stage of their life - both from the outside and from the inside, and weaves this sense of melancholy into the very bones of the words it uses. It also portrays mental illness in a blunt, honest and painful way that helps to break up stigmas and stereotypes. OCD is not liking your books in alphabetical order - it's a dangerous and debilitating disease. In this way, as well others, Ness has created a diversity in his characters that so many books still beg for, and certainly that the community is crying out for. -- Shinra Alpha * Shinra Alpha * I thoroughly enjoyed The Rest of Us Just Live Here as it truly tapped into the minds of all these individual voices and showed us how it can feel to be lost amongst people. -- SisterSpooky * SisterSpooky * This is Ness at his best. -- Marilyn Brocclehurst * The Bookseller * A new Patrick Ness novel is always an event and this smart, funny book is a highlight of the year for me. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * This is a brave, refreshing multi-layered novel from an award-winning author. -- Carousel * Carousel * If you're getting tired of the romantic tropes and general Chosen One vibes coming from YA books, then you'll love The Rest of Us Just Live Here. It provides a great tongue-in-cheek commentary to many popular series, but in a way that even fans like me can appreciate and enjoy. The cast is well-written and diverse. Not everything is tied up at the end, but in life it never is. I'd normally recommend a book 'for fans of', but I can't think of another book quite like this - I'm going to be throwing it at any and every person I come across who expresses a vague interest in reading. And all the others, too. I'm just going to recommend it to everyone, okay? It was an ambitious idea, but it was funny and angsty and heartwarming and I absolutely loved it. * The Guardian Online * The characters of Mikey and his friends are so well drawn that we are fundamentally not that interested in the otherworldly goings-on of the Indie kids, but that, of course, is the point of the story [...] This is a thoroughly satisfying read, and is highly recommended. -- Amanda Bell * Inis * One of 2015's best YA novels * The Bookseller * Ness's status as one of our finest authors for young adults is reinforced by this original and bold coming-of-age story in which he sets authentic teenage characters - and their self-absorbed emotions - against a backdrop of mysterious supernatural battles... This is a clever, witty and warm celebration of the battle to survive adolescence. * The Daily Mail * In this smart, funny and entertaining novel, Ness successfully challenges the notion that real life is elsewhere. * The Daily Telegraph * Exploring the transitional moment from school to university, this novel is full of hope, empathy and how it feels to be young. * The Sunday Times * Unusual, smart, and a great read for teenagers looking for something different. * Country life * exceptionally clever * Irish Times, Children's Books of the Year recommended by Sinead O'Hart * Choosing a book for a teenager is tricky - too childish and you risk being patronising, while some young adult fiction may be a little too adult. But if there's one author who strikes the perfect balance, it's American Patrick Ness. His Doctor Who spin-off, Class, on BBC3 this autumn, was like Byker Grove with added aliens. Ness's The Rest of US Just Live Here is also set in a high school. If that's a hit, try A Monster Calls next - a film starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity jones and Liam Neeson hits cinemas in the new year. * Radio Times * This book was a really good mix of sad and funny and expertly explores the lives of more ordinary teenagers in a YA world - though it also shows that no life is `ordinary'. [...] It's a really good insight into a teenage life [...] and is a must-read for any teen going through the fun(?) if growing up - they'll see themselves reflected in the book, and learn that change is OK (really). * Teen Titles, reader review *


About the Author

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness was born on an army base called Fort Belvoir, near Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States. His father was a drill sergeant in the US Army. He lived in Hawaii until he was almost six, spent the ten years after that in suburban Washington state, and then on to Los Angeles, where he studied English Literature at the University of Southern California.

His main job after graduating was as corporate writer at a cable company, writing manuals, form letters and speeches and once even an advertisement for the Gilroy, California Garlic Festival (this is true). If you're American and hated your cable company, he probably wrote you a letter of apology.

He got his first story published in Genre magazine in 1997 and was working on his first novel when he moved to London in 1999. He's lived here ever since. Sometimes he teaches creative writing but mostly he tries to write 1,000 words a day, 'come hell or high water'.

In May 2008, he published The Knife of Never Letting Go, his first book for young adults. It won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize and he hasn't looked back since. Click here to read a Q&A with Patrick.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Patrick Ness

1. He has a tattoo of a rhinoceros.
2. He has run two marathons.
3. He is a certified scuba diver.
4. He wrote a radio comedy about vampires.
5. He has never been to New York City but...
6. He has been to Sydney, Auckland and Tokyo.
7. He got accepted into film school but turned it down to study writing.
8. He was a goth as a teenager (well, as much of a goth as you could be in Tacoma, Washington and still have to go to church every Sunday).
9. He is no longer a goth.
10. Under no circumstances will he eat onions.

Author photo © Helen Giles

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Publication date

5th May 2016

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
352 pages
Interest Age: From 14 years

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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9781406365566

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