Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 5n/a4.658699

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choice * Michael Printz Award shortlist * Six starred reviews * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * VOYA Perfect Ten * NYPL Top Ten Best Books of the Year for Teens * Chicago Public Library Best Teen Books of the Year * Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books * ABC Best Books for Children * Bank Street Best Books List

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.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on October 6, 2015 by HarperTeen
ISBN-10: 0062403168
ISBN-13: 9780062403162
4 Book Reviews
  • grapefruit
    grapefruitSunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:10 am44 stars
    There are the indie kids. They get to solve every problem-- the aliens, the monsters, the vampires, etc.. Those of us ordinary people pity them and envy them altogether. Just like Mikey, who just wants to live a normal life, take Henna to prom, enjoy his teenage years and so on. Then something happens. One night on the road, with Henna in his car, Mikey encounters a deer with glowing eyes. This time, the dangers of the indie world have returned, and the indie kids can't fight it alone. Mikey realizes there is more to life than normal--there is always a little of superior in all of us.
    • yaint
      yaintMonday, October 16, 2017 at 1:54 pm44 stars
      this book centers around the kids who arent the heroes of the book. they arent the harry potters, they're just the other students. it really shows that even if you arent the hero, you can still be a hero. its a great coming-of-ages story.
      • tortoise
        tortoiseTuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:23 pm55 stars
        This is my favorite young adult novel to date. It's hard to find a good YA book about something other than vampires or romance.
        • tortoise
          tortoiseTuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm55 stars
          but this one does it.