• The Rest of Us Just Live Here

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (366 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies or the soul-eating ghosts or whatever the heck this new thing is with the blue lights and the death?

What if you're 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 is worshipped by mountain lions.

©2015 Patrick Ness (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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My teenage son told me I had to read this book. I'm so glad I listened.

Full disclosure: I love shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and iZombie. I love comic books. But, I don't think you have to be a fan of the genre to appreciate this book. Mike is just an average guy. He has his friends and he has his problems. Even in a high school populated by "the chosen ones," Mike and his friends are special - because the truly love one another. Sometimes courage just means you're strong enough to live your life and help others live theirs.
This book was beautifully written. Heartfelt and funny. Extremely well narrated, too. The narrator had subtly distinct voices for the characters, and (blessedly) did not try to pitch his voice to read the female parts. I hate that. Instead he made his own voice a bit softer and smoother. It gave an impression of femininity without being weird.

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a book about nothing

a story with no point no beginning no end no reason to read. just pointless

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Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world

What made the experience of listening to The Rest of Us Just Live Here the most enjoyable?

Excellent narration. Loved how each chapter started with a brief description of what the indie kids were doing--fighting the supernatural battles, saving the day--while the main characters went about being normal (well, sort of) teenagers--it really drove home the meaning of the title. Also liked how in several cases, what you thought was going to happen didn't--though to avoid spoilers, I won't say how.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rest of Us Just Live Here?

Not so much a moment but a thing - I like the relationship between main guy Mikey and his best friend, Jared, a lot, particularly the way Jared looks out for Mikey when he's having an OCD episode. Really real and touching.

Which scene was your favorite?

Any with Jared and any sort of cat. I love how weird that little storyline is and how okay Jared is with the whole thing. Like it doesn't bother him at all that cats follow him around and literally worship him. I don't know, I thought it was funny.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What Everybody Else Is Doing While the Superheroes Save the Day

(Okay, it's a little long for a tag line.)

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Did not fulfill it’s promise

Without getting too nasty with how I felt about the general quality of writing, dialogue, and plot in this story I’ll just answer the question I would have liked answered before I bought this book.

Does it make good on the very interesting concept it’s description implies?

No it does not.The supernatural elements in this story are so far removed from the characters it might as well be weather. It does not play with the troupes of the genre it is trying to lampoon. The whole book is a series of bait and switches, and was very disappointing.

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Great characters and development

Some really great character development for this size of a book.
Really great friendships and brother & sister relationships.
I thought this book was going to make fun of the YA/Fantasy/Adventure genre and it did but in a respectful way that still makes you feel sympathetic to those characters.
The main character I felt was really relatable and he had a great journey throughout the book.

Very satisfied, so far this might be my top book of 2016.

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False Advertising

Reading the summary made me think this book would be a fun comedy riffing on all the tropes of typical YA modern day fantasy novels from the perspective of an average Joe.

Instead, I found myself listening to a gritty coming of age drama about a high school senior coping with his and his family's mental illness. The most comedic part of the book was the chapter titles and the fantasy elements were only there to lighten the depressing mood while creating a vague, and mostly ignored, sense of urgency.

While this wasn't the type of book I was looking for when I purchased it, I admit that the writing was good. The ultimate moral lesson was also uplifting, but most of the book seemed to be intent on normalizing morally corrupt concepts like enabling alcoholism or high schooler/adult sexual relationships.

In other words, if you're looking for a spunky satire, this isn't the book for you.

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the daily life of a nameless background character

This book as an idea is brilliant, it's executed so well. just following the daily lives of normal kids as the supernatural is happening "around them". they even have a name for the kids who are running Round saving the world from vampires and zombies, etc. this was a great read with a very unique perspective on a genre that I love when done well and kinda just fart away when done with no MOJO. great execution on a brilliant concept/perspective. if you are looking for a fight between good and evil or a new sci-fi young adult romp, this may not be for you. but if you want some unique and new from a genre that we have all been enjoying for ages, then definitely give "The Rest of Us Just Live Here" a try.

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Looking for some boring teen agnst!

I found this title by searching for "funny Sci-Fi" there must be a broken search algorithm somewhere. If you are a conflicted teen looking for some validation, this might work for you. If you are looking for a funny sci-fi story, this is not it. I made it about halfway through before I just couldn't take it anymore, I kept waiting for something to happen, but it never quite makes it there. Perhaps I am just missing the point?

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One Day Type Of Listen

I loved almost every part of this, I can really relate to the narrator. I grew up always wondering when my story would start, but sometimes you just live here.

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Ness does it again

I enjoyed this so much! Ness has been one of my favorite authors for a long time and I’m incredibly fond of his narrative. The depiction of mental illness is so real and relatable, and I really appreciate that. I fell in love with the characters and enjoyed their growth. I didn’t want the story to end. I love the hero stories, but to go back and live through these kids who just want to graduate high school is so much better than the A storyline.