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''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.'' --Booklist (starred review)
''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.'' --School Library Journal (starred review)
''In this often-hilarious (and just as often poignant) parody of fantasy stories from Harry's to Buffy's, not everyone is a Chosen One, but ''everyone's got something''; everybody matters.'' --Horn Book Magazine
''The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the antidote to all things formulaic: it's meta, playful, wise and true--and clever-as-hell.'' --Emily M. Danforth, author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post
''Magical, mysterious and breathtakingly suspenseful, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is an absolute marvel of imagination, invention, and heart. I truly couldn't put it down -- proof, once again, that Ness never disappoints.'' --Michael Cart, author of My Father's Scar
''Hilarious! And so, so clever. All the characters are beautifully drawn. This is one smart, warm book, both entertaining and thought-provoking.'' --Monica Edinger, author of Africa Is My Home --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication date : October 6, 2015
- File size : 1348 KB
- Print length : 333 pages
- Publisher : Quill Tree Books; Reprint edition (October 6, 2015)
- ASIN : B00QQO83U8
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062403168
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #223,335 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But most importantly, this story is about a boy with OCD, a girl with an eating disorder, and has both racial and LGBTQIA+ representation. Friends of mine who also have similar anxiety to mine insisted that I read this book ASAP because of the discussions that take place and I’m so glad they did. From start to finish, the OCD rep is just so incredible.
Mikey (I sort of cringe at this name because of those old cereal commercials) has severe anxiety/OCD–he gets into obsessive loops where if he doesn’t do a task exactly “right” something horrible will happen. Life becomes catastrophic inside those loops, getting worse and worse, and he becomes stuck.
Even though this is sort of a parody of YA fantasy, Ness does a wonderful job of blending his “Indie Kid” parallel with Mikey’s. The build up to the climax is so subtle that you hardly know it is coming–I sort of skimmed the chapter headings, but I thought they detracted from the actual story line, so I mostly just followed it through the main book.
I loved that Ness gives Mikey such a strong support system–his chosen family–instead of using the “hero comes to save him from his anxiety” trope. There’s a lot of talk about how one of his fears is that he is the least needed person, or no one would miss him if he were gone–I feel that SO HARD. And even though Mikey acknowledges at one point that he KNOWS he is lucky to have so many people who love him, to someone with anxiety, it’s so hard to convince ourselves that this is reality most of the time.
I could go on and on about everything that was amazing about the anxiety/OCD rep in this story. I want to quote the entire psychiatrist appointment to you. But, then you wouldn’t have to read the book, and I really think you probably should go read it. It’s going on my MUST READS list for sure, guys. So, yeah. Do it.
Even if there wasn't this whole Chosen One satire in it, this book would still be very much worth the read to me. Maybe I'm a fan of contemporary more than I would like to admit but I think the growth of the characters this book focuses on is just great. I love watching characters develop into stronger versions of themselves and each person learned, made mistakes and grew.
One of the main reasons this book got to me is because of the family aspect. In typical fantasy novels there is either no family or the family is against each other and dividing. This family is strong and mending. They try their best to lift each other up in the best way they know how and I appreciate that to my core.
This wasn't an action packed read, and it didn't need to be. It was very meaningful all on its own. It was heartfealt all on its own. It was sweet all on its own.
Because of the first half being mostly set up to the peak of this novel, I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. After the first half, things got rolling and I was engrossed by what was happening.
I still think that this is a fun neutralizing novel for having between heavier reads but it stands as a good read separately as well.
I think that one of the reasons I like the characters is that I has some somewhat similar issues that they do back when I was in high school and often (back then) felt like I too was but one of a vast number of people in the background compared to the kids that were popular. And like the kids in this book, I thought that was OK as I too had what I felt as my own place in the scheme of things and friends to share it with.
I'm hoping that this is the start of a series - I would like to see at least another book set in this world. I'll be recommending this one to people.
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This tells the story of a group of ordinary teenage kids about to graduate high school - Mikey who suffers with anxiety and OCD, his sister Mel who has battled eating disorders, their friend Henna whose parents want her to go with them to a war torn country and Jared who is gay (and also part God).
Their town seems to attract strange attention (reminding me of Sunnydale and the Hellmouth from Buffy), which a group of kids, known as the Indie kids always seem to be involved in. Mostly we are kept on the outside of these events, just being updated at the beginning of each chapter. The story is more about the issues and lives of the 4 kids we are following who are aware something dangerous and strange is going on, especially Mikey who just want to graduate before someone blows up the high school (again).
This story concentrates on Mike and his family and friends. They are ordinary people with dysfunctional families and other issues - quite a lot of them for such a small group it must be said. These young people must handle their lives and the small events such as who to invite to the prom in the shadow of the bigger stories yet to them these are the stories and the events that define their lives. This means that as we agonise with Mike and his friends and siblings we get glimpses of a much bigger story but we don't follow it because, the author tells us, these lives are just as important. The small pieces we see of the larger story are often very funny as is the reaction of these young people who understand that they are not part of the major events and don't seem to care. Every time I read something like "Twilight" now I shall give a thought to the other young people mentioned but who aren't part of the larger story and wonder how it all looks for them !
I thought that the problems of this group of young people were sensitively told and that the author got his point across about how your problems are important too. I loved the way that the book was constructed and I found it very funny in places. An excellent read
I would describe this as mostly contemporary, with just a hint of fantasy. We mostly follow our main characters, who are just trying to get on with their normal lives: surviving school, dealing with prom, and making finally asking our their crush. Providing the school doesn’t get blown up again. The ‘indie kids’ are forever getting themselves into trouble fighting whatever creatures are around right now.
This is a fun twist on the trope, but also has some great depth to the characters along with some great diversity. While it didn’t completely blow me away, it was an enjoyable read.
I loved it. All the characters are real, fleshed out and engaging, and it's so well-written and original. It took me a couple of chapters to realise the chapter headings were telling a parallel story but I really enjoyed them, and loved the affectionate parody of Twilight, Buffy, Charmed, Dawson's Creek.
Highly recommended and definitely a keeper.