30 Nov The Rest of Us Just Live Here
As a die hard fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I have a deep appreciation for supernatural teen dramas. In these stories, a special teen, the “Chosen One”, must battle a fierce evil in order to save the world from utter destruction. Teen literature is filled with heroes who are specially designed to rescue the planet.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is a play on the classic teen hero myth. The story doesn’t revolve around the “Indie Kids”, those special kids battling the Big Bad. Rather it focuses on Mikey and his group of friends who just want to graduate high school (before it gets blown up…again). Mikey lives in a small town with many mysterious happenings, but he is more worried about how to help his dysfunctional family find happiness and also about the big crush he has on his close friend Henna.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here lovingly teases paranormal teen fiction. Author Ness has crafted realistic characters that one can’t help but cheer on as they get through another day. This is a story for all of us normal kids who don’t have to save the world, just live in it.