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Friday Reads: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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What are you reading this weekend now that the rain has returned? I've got THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness to keep me occupied. The Young Adult story is set in a dystopian future, narrated by Mikey -- an ordinary kid who's NOT the Chosen One. He and his friends are living in the background of the "indie kids" -- the Katniss Everdeen's of the world -- and all Mikey wants to do is graduate high school, go to the prom and maybe ask out the girl he likes without worrying about whether one of the indie kids blew up the high school last night.

I got this book (signed!) after seeing Patrick Ness in Liverpool earlier this year. He was funny and engaging and talked a lot about his vision for the story and its message that "sometimes you have to find the extraordinary in the ordinary." I'll report back to let you know how it is. And in the meantime, if anyone's looking for me, I'll be reading. And imagining I'm right here:

reading in a hammock on the beach

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