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The Rest of Us Just Live Here
The Rest of Us Just Live Here | Patrick Ness
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.
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library.lesbian
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Pickpick

as always, Patrick Ness has done it again
as one of my favourite authors, it‘s no surprise that I recommend this book
like most of its work, it‘s raw yet exciting, fun but dark
it‘s the epitome of high school
this novel is an interesting concept and amazing execution
9/10 - read it with your thinking cap on

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dizie_lizie
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Pickpick

‪Another day, another subject for #OWLsReadathon2019 complete! This one was a fun one. ‬

‪What if you AREN‘T the Chosen One? 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.

‪Defense Against the Dark Arts (title begins with “R”) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️‬

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lesliemarie
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First book of the road trip done!
I got this book specifically because I have a teenager who has mental health issues. I wanted to read it first to see if would be something he would like. I read some reviews that said it's boring but I did not think that at all. I really enjoyed the story.

jpmcwisemorgan I liked this one, in part because it made me think of the other side of Buffy. 4mo
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lesliemarie
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#bookhaul
I went to Barnes and Noble to get some more Harney & Sons tea (Tower of London blend and Victorian London Fog) and whoops, bought some books, too. 🤷‍♀️

jpmcwisemorgan I really enjoyed the tagged book. 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly Tea and books in one store?! That‘s how they get us! 5mo
Avanders Victorian London fog?! Sounds amazing. And it‘s H&S brand?? Also, I agree, tagged book was great! 5mo
lesliemarie @Avanders yes! The tea is like an earl gray but with lavender and vanilla 5mo
Avanders Mmm 🤤 5mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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Mehso-so

... Hmm. I can‘t say I liked it, exactly, but I respect the fact that the author tried something different? The gimmick of this book is that there is a whole stereotypical YA fantasy plot going on at the periphery involving the “indie kids” while in the mean time the 4 teenagers in THIS story have their own slightly less outlandish plot. If it sounds confusing and a little contrived, it was.

BookishMarginalia What a gorgeous kitty! 7mo
LiteraryinLititz @BookishMarginalia Thanks Gloria! This is Fitz. 💜 Our other cats Zoe and Emmie also frequently appear in my Litsy posts. Is the weather any better now? 7mo
Dragon 😻 7mo
MrBook Great review! 😻😻😻 7mo
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chikin511
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I think it was a little TOO random for my reading mood at the moment. But I may pick it up to read in the future.

BookHoarder32 I listened to the audio book and it was good 👍 9mo
heikemarie I didn‘t love this book when I read it, myself, but I know I‘m in the minority. 9mo
BooknerdsLife I've only tried the audio book....But didn't finish 🙈 8mo
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edennugget
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Pickpick

In love! This has such a good message about how you don't need to be a child prodigy, a natural genius, or have otherworldly talents - it's alright to just be you and just get on with a perfectly normal life with perfectly normal days and perfectly normal people. This also conveys such a brilliant message about the need to fight your own battles through to the end, and not seek an easier route; you may suffer less but you will grow less, too.

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edennugget
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'Everything's always ending. But everything's always beginning, too.'

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edennugget
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I adore this!

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edennugget

'No-one can provide the heart its own peace; you have to find it yourself.'

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edennugget

'What do you do when your dreams are about to come true? No-one ever tells you. They just tell you to chase them, but what happens when you actually catch one?'

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edennugget
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'We could keep being too afraid to say we don't know stuff and then the future will come and eat us anyway and we'll regret not doing all that stuff we wished we did.'

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edennugget
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'Funny how you can forget that every family isn't like yours.'

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'I can't tell you what's real for you. But in return, you can't say whats real for me either. I get to choose. Not you.'

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edennugget
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'You see how lucky I am? Knowing that people love me? So lucky. So stupidly lucky.'

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GatheringBooks
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Mehso-so

#ReadingResolutions Day 14: Fats recently shared her recent haul of #YABooks. Read her post and the comments section. https://wp.me/pDlzr-if2 Aaaand here is my review of tagged book which I frankly did not enjoy as much as other Patrick Ness novels: https://wp.me/pDlzr-aAe

BeckyK I‘m just past half way through The Rest Of Us Just Live Here. It‘s my first Ness novel and I have no motivation to finish it. I‘ve avoided his other books because of it. I‘m totally bored! Sounds like I picked a bad book to start with 🙈 10mo
GatheringBooks @Beckykearns oh that is too bad. his chaos walking trilogy was brilliant as well as 10mo
Lindy @Beckykearns @GatheringBooks I agree that Chaos Walking is a good place to start. I really enjoyed The Rest of Us Just Live Here, but was less enamoured with Release and 10mo
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karenh77
Pickpick

Excellent book, just like watching an episode of buffy the vampire slayer but from the point of view of the background characters.

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La_Cori
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Next up..
I know nothing about this book, but I trust Patrick Ness won't disappoint me!

Bianca It's really good! 11mo
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Bianca
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Pickpick

I read this in one sitting last night. Instead of having a real conversation with my roommate and unloading the dishwasher, I devoured this.

During one chapter/scene, I had a short, cathartic cry. Books don't make me cry; I rarely cry. This book confronts important issues surrounding mental illness. Like, it's not your fault it's happening to you. Like, you can survive it.

Recommend for any high school classroom and school library. #ya

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MandaMT
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In this book a group of teens must save their town from some evil mystical forces.
Only it‘s not told from their point of view. This story runs in the background as a group of regular kids who live in town handle everyday problems. Think Perks of Being a Wallflower with a hint of magical realism.

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Fortifiedbybooks
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"... frowning like she's about to fire the world from a job it loves." This book is so full of awesome, I'm surprised it's not leaking sauce. #ReverseReadathon

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Fortifiedbybooks
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"I hope you get to choose your family and I hope it means as much to you as it does to me." #ReverseReadathon

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Fortifiedbybooks
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"... that combination of total self-belief and utter self-doubt that is more common than people think..." Such an interesting way to look at it this way. #ReverseReadathon

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BookHoarder32
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Audio knitting 😁 Following along with a book AND a lace pattern feels like the ultimate multitasking, but I'm enjoying the challenge.

JackieSmith That‘s stunning! 14mo
tjwill Beautiful! 14mo
AmyG What are you knitting? It‘s beautiful. 14mo
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BookHoarder32 @AmyG Thanks! It's called Bamboo Wedding Shawl on purlbee.com 14mo
CaitlinR For lace patterns, particularly at the beginning, I need a locked, quiet room. I am in awe! 13mo
BookHoarder32 @CaitlinR lol! Luckily this one is easy to memorize. 12 row repeat and the purl side is all purls. (edited) 13mo
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DorkieHollieReads
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I have been in a weird mood lately and my library book haul reflects it. Lol. I have comic books, graphic novels, YA, middle grade, fantasy and a murder mystery! Here‘s hoping that one of these will get me out of my funk! Do you mood read or do you stick to a set TBR? Let me know!!

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Victoria_Clyne
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I'm a big Patrick Ness fan and like his previous books that I've read I enjoyed this one. However it is not my favorite. I loved the the little summaries in each chapter about what the Indie kids were up to. It makes me feel like there should be a companion novel. The one drawback, for me, was the teenage angst, but given that it is a YA novel is understandable.

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

This is a good book, and I'd even say a great book for teens. My only problem, which made it a so-so, was that I got bored with the constant love life issues. I expected some in the story, but it became a bit redundant for me. Otherwise, the writing was great, characters and their real world issues were well developed, and the story was unique.

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RiaWritten
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Pickpick

What an utter delight. And some of the best OCD representation I‘ve ever read.

Joanne1 I agree. 1y
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RiaWritten
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I want to read this book on my kindle so badly but I have an old non-backlit kindle and this is what the light situation looks like on the bus. I‘m so close to done and it‘s so good!

tpixie Snap!! 1y
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Ava_Weasley
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Mehso-so

I found this book so-so as it didn't live up to my expectations. Its a book about four high school students with various family and life issues watching a plot unfold. They have almost nothing to do with the plot and just go about with their love life issues. I didn't enjoy it much. As a realistic-fiction read its alright.

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Mowen036
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What should I read next? The ninth graders at our local high school have book clubs as assignments and give presentations based on the book. These are just a fraction of them that tackle real world issues.

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FinchandViolet
Pickpick

I loved this book so much. I loved this quite a lot more than I thought I would. It had a very interesting story I loved the characters. I especially liked how he handled the lead character Mike's, personal struggles with his 9/10. At times I felt the story went a little flat, but it quickly made up for itself. I feel Ness did a very good job depicting what a persons lifestyle with that disorder would be like.

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MaggieCarr
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Mehso-so

I liked the premise: some of us are just ordinary. But the rest of the story fell short for me. "The world makes no sense but try to be happy anyway."

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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riversong153 💙💙💙💙 1y
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thewanderingbookmark
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When you‘re reading an author for the first time and thinking ‘Why have I taken so long to read his stuff!‘

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janehreads
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4/5. this was actually way better than i expected. it had the right amount of fantasy/magic, and it was a genuinely interesting plot line. this was a really unique read and also dealt with some more important issues, like mental health and eating disorders. the only reason i took off a star was because i thought that a couple parts were a bit rushed, but it was an enjoyable read overall.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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If you've ever wondered what the kids who have to go to school with The Chosen One do during The Plot, this is for you.

I may have a thing for hella sassy narrators who deal with real world problems on top of supernatural shenanigans.

A loving satire of the YA paranormal genre and tropes. And it shows a story doesn't need to have world ending stakes to be powerful and fun.

#charactersofcolor #lgbtqcharacters #neuroatypicalcharacter 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑

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Miche
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Ignoring the Pennsylvania snow and enjoying an authentic Bajan Cheese Cutter, all the way from Barbados thanks to my uncle-in-law! Wishing I lived on an island. #barbados

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Miche
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At least I have a book for the 30 minutes my wife is running late to get me from work...

Kaye Let‘s just hope she remembers to pick you up. The first year we were married, I was supposed to pick the husband up after work. Well.....I fell asleep.. he walked halfway home, thinking I‘d surely be on the way. He finally came to a restaurant to call someone for a ride. I was still asleep when he came in, soaking wet. It was pouring rain ☔️ He woke me up, and the first thing I said was I WAS SUPPOSED TO PICK YOU UP !!! PS. He wasn‘t mad 😁 (edited) 1y
Miche Hahahahaha she remembered me!! 1y
AmyG @Kaye Ha!!!! My husband left me in a Barnes and Noble once. He said he couldn‘t find me. 😳 1y
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Miche She has left me at the library because I said it could be a quick trip and I was there for an hour and not answering texts 1y
Kaye @AmyG How any of us could get misplaced in a bookstore. Hmmm... How did he think you were gonna get home ? Hitchhike ? 1y
Kaye @@Miche I hate having a time limit at the library. It‘s easier to just go and mosey around, then leave when you‘re good and ready. 1y
Miche Haha @Kaye we have not gone together since 1y
AmyG @Miche I don‘t go with my husband to the book store anymore. ;) @Kaye We had dinner with our neighbors and went to the book store...in separate cars. They drove me back to their house where my neighbor called my husband-asked if him and I wanted to come by to hang. We wanted to see if he noticed I was GONE. He asked them if they had me...since he didn‘t know where I was. So my neighbor pretended he was shocked, my husband freaked and 1y
AmyG Then we told him...they drove me home. I still don‘t know how he could have left me. It‘s one of the great family stories. 1y
Kaye Kinda sounds like one of those when someone has lots of kids and they forget one, only he doesn‘t have that excuse...unless he owns a harem ? @AmyG 1y
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Miche

Finally finished "All the light we cannot see", so now, something a little fluffier.

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cuethelibrarian
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Thought it was the book I strongly disliked...
Turns out it‘s anything by Patrick Ness

Lispylibrarian Bahahahahahahahah!! 1y
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Spillytalker
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Mehso-so

I‘ve put it on the shelf for my daughter. I‘m curious what her thoughts will be.

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GondorGirl
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We've all read books about a Chosen One. You know- probably has a weird name, travels with a close group of friends, always involved in whatever crazy world-ending plot the adults don't seem to know exists. The Chosen One.

Well what about the background characters in every heroic plot? What about Mikey- who has OCD and wishes his father would stop drinking? What about his sisters, and his friends, and everyone else who feels they aren't special?

SandyW I love this idea! 1y
rachelsbrittain Okay this sounds really interesting! I think I have it on my goodreads re-read shelf, but I may have to move it up because that sounds like a great premise. 1y
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hyperhawk
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I started and finished this book today. I love this book. Plus before I knew this was a book I talked about how I wanted to read a book told from the other characters that aren't the chosen ones to save the world. 🌎

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TheKidUpstairs
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They always do... 😉

Lindy This book is so much fun. Hope you like it as much as I did. 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Lindy I'm really enjoying it. I've always been a big Buffy fan, so lots of chuckles on that end, and I'm really enjoying the characters. I wanted something fun to read, and this hit the spot! 1y
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