Staff Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Tell me if you’ve heard this story before:

An adorably quirky teenage girl who struggles to fit in at school encounters a mysterious (and handsome) transfer student who seems to know more about her than he should. As strange things begin to happen all around her, the boy reveals the truth: dark forces are threatening humanity, and she is the only one with the power to stop them.

Sounds familiar, right? Popular media is overflowing with stories that focus on seemingly ordinary teenagers suddenly discovering their Great Destinies, and the havoc this causes in the world around them. But what about the kids in the backgrounds of those stories, who don’t have hidden powers, or prophecies to fulfill? In The Rest of Us Just Live Here, author Patrick Ness explores what it might be like to be an ordinary teenager in a world where Chosen Ones and Apocalypses pop up on a regular basis, the student body is sometimes infiltrated by vampires, and the gods interfere with mortal affairs.

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