The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Suggested by a coworker,  I later found this book on my TBR list THREE times.  THREE.  Apparently I thought that the premise sounded hilarious and, you know, it did.  The YA world is full of stories about Chosen Ones and kids who are Just So Different and Original.  It’s easy to forget that for every Harry Potter there thousands of Hannah Abbots.

Mikey’s family life is rough.  His mother is a politician constantly striving for more and worrying about her public image.  His father is an alcoholic who was caught stealing money from his employer who also happened to be his brother in law.  His sister, Mel, is recovering from an eating disorder that put her back a year at school and killed her for a few minutes.  Mikey has OCD issues.  His younger sister, Meredith, if their only hope for normalcy.  At least Mikey has a tight knit group of friends: Mel, Jared (a quarter cat god), and Henna (who Mikey is in love with).

Then Nathan shows up.  Then weird things start happening.

What is the blue light that keeps appearing right before another indie kid disappears or dies?   What is with the blue lights in the cops’ eyes and, even stranger, in the zombie deer’s eyes?  Will the school make it to graduation before blowing up like it did eight years ago after the soul-eating ghosts?  Is this another vampire romance invasion?

Strange things are always happening in Mikey’s little town but never TO him and his friends.  Their problems are more normal, like how to tell your friend that you’re in love with her and how to get your little sister to the concert of her lifetime.  Indie kids always forget that what they do effects everybody else but it does in some surprising and funny ways.

This gets a 10 out of 10 on the Tongue in Cheek scale but sometimes there was just a little too mush for me.  It took me a while to get into it, too, but once I did I flew right through it, curious to see the ending.


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