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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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List Price: £7.99

 

Paperback: 352 Pages.

Published: 05 May 2016 by Walker Books

ISBN: 1406365564

EAN: 9781406365566

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

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What happened to the others

This is such a clever book and having read it I shall now not be able to read YA novels about the paranormal quite the same again. The author is writing about the other teenagers - those who are not part of the great events that save the world. Those great events are going on around the group of teenagers in this story and we get updates on what is happening in the narrative but also in extracts of their story at the beginning of each chapter.

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

 
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