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You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  474 ratings  ·  103 reviews
While Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they're a lot like Earth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and can't wait to grow up. BUT they also have GROSSLY UNIQUE qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet. The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfathe ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Charlyn  Trussell
Meggie Blue and her brother David live with Mom and Gramps in a small town in North Carolina. It’s a great life until others in their town sense that Meggie and the rest of the family may be a bit different, a bit unique, a bit other-worldly. When Mom and Gramps catch news of an uprising against the family, they leave California in a very unusual way and they arrive on another world. This new land looks like the good old USA on Earth and appears to be a parallel world with many of the same histo ...more
You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White follows David and Maggie Blue Aliens who get chased off earth after being found out by the locals. The family ends up in a strange place called Fashion City. When they enter the city they are immediately recognized as outsiders and welcomed to the city where they are given housing, jobs, schooling and money (gifts from the fathers). Although things appear strange and unsettling from the start they soon realize that this is a society that demands ...more
Sep 01, 2011 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: paw
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Katie Kenig
Interesting YA take on aliens and dystopia.

The first chapter of the book seems oddly disconnected from the rest of the book. (Spoiler alert!) The author attempts to use the unreliable narrator technique and it falls flat, because it isn't that the narrator is unreliable, it's that she's outright lying to the reader and herself, is misrepresenting things in such a way that later it seems completely unconnected to her character. It's almost as though a different author wrote the first chapter (bad
Eva Mitnick
4 stars for the writing but 2 stars for the plot. This dystopian children's novel is reminiscent of many others - Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Sylvia Waugh's "Ormingat" trilogy, and so on - but without quite the subtle bite or emotional resonance of those works. White is a fine writer and Meggie's family's attempts to adapt to a new and imperfect culture are fascinating enough to make this a page-turner.

And yet I didn't buy the whole "alternate Earth" scenario. In this one small city,
You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White
is a fast paced dystopian novel which tells the story of the Blue family. The story is told in alternating chapters by inquisitive and likeable siblings David and Meggie Blue. After being chased off from earth after being recognized as aliens, they arrive in a strange alternate earth in a place called Fashion City. They are immediately welcomed and given gifts (housing, jobs and money) from “The Fathers” who run the city and take care of the peo
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A quick synopsis: It's hard being a Blue. Especially since the Blue's aren't humans. They're aliens who are now being forced to relocate from Earth to Fashion City, a seemingly perfect place with Earth like qualities. But as the Blue's begin to settle in they realize that the city isn't as perfect as it may seem. With the entire city brainwashed and creativity made a crime the Blue's know they must escape. But they are too
You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) makes a great, quick, entertaining read. If you enjoy classic twilight zone episodes, you'll likely enjoy this middle grade science fiction novel. Meggie Blue, and her brother, David, narrate this one. Though readers spend time with the characters before the move to FASHION CITY, most of this one takes place in Fashion City. (To be clear from the start, Fashion City is located in an alternate/parallel universe.) I think the details surrounding Fashion City an ...more
I only have two requests concerning this book, and they are as follows-

1. I would like it to be longer and more fleshed-out concerning characters and plot and more time spent on world building.

2. Page 245, line 18, word 9, needs to be blotted out from history forever.
I'll talk about number 1 first.

It's fairly typical, the main setting and atmosphere of the book. A ""utopian"" (double air quotes required for that term) society run by this group called the Fathers who do all the typical ""utopia
This is such a good book! I was a little iffy before I started it because I am not a huge fan of sci-fi, alternate universe type books. But, seriously, I could not put this book down! The characters have their own personalities that are entertaining to read about. Also, the end is very heartwarming. This has been one of my favorite reads for the summer. You'll like this book (everybody does).
Sandy Irwin
I enjoyed how the author explored the concept of parallel worlds. It was well-written and suspenseful.
This was a kids book. Sort of a sci-fi dysotopian Novel. A family of 4 aliens have moved to earth. They look just like humans except their hair turns blue. They blend into society but are figured out and have to escape. They loved earth so much that they try to find a place just like it. Their search leads them to an alternate version of earth. Except this version is run a lot different than what they're used to.

I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I wish it hadn't ended where it did. At
When Meggie and David Blue, two "aliens" who are just like Earth kids, are forced to leave their home in North Carolina (along with their Mom and Grandfather) because they have been found out (to be aliens) they settle in Fashion City. Ruth White's wonderful novel, "You'll Like It Here" features a far planet in which the society is not only oppressive but hostile to individual freedom. People are kept submissive through drugs and brainwashing. The elderly, handicapped, and sick are all killed to ...more
Alana Massa
"Meggie Blue seems like an average kid with a regular family." They have just moved from a town in California to a small town in North Carolina after an alien hunter threatens Meggie. The family settles in and seems content until the talk of aliens begins again. While in town Meggie has one of her fits that some classify as terretes syndrome but when one of the old men from town have a stroke after hearing it, the townspeople suspect something is up. The family is then forced to flee once again. ...more
Stacy Ford
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Todd Fonseca
You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does) – Echoes of “A Wrinkle In Time”

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: Ruth White
Format: Kindle, Paperback

As the new school year begins, eleven-year-old Meggie Blue finds this year’s rumor to be one of the best yet – Aliens! “They are all around us,” the kids proclaim – UFOs. Even her best friend Kitty Singer is on it claiming the aliens can suck out your soul through your toes. But what starts out as a funny game, seems to take a serious turn. Adults in their small town
Jul 12, 2011 Beverly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 11-14 year olds
Recommended to Beverly by: indiebound next list
You'll Like It Here is a cross of Farenheit 451, Star Trek and To Kill A Mockingbird. The Blue family are refugees from a distant planet trying to fit in and live a normal small town American life. When their secret is suddenly discovered, they are forced to flee without time to research best planet choices. They end up on a planet that at first seems to be very much like Earth, but is really a twisted parallel to Earth. Citizens of Fashion City are brainwashed, their days strictly controlled by ...more
Meggie Blue and her family move from place to place to prevent their family secret from being discovered. They are aliens who have come to earth when their own planet became too polluted to sustain life. The flee to a parallel earth and a city called Fashion City, after being discovered. This parallel earth is ruled by The Fathers, a group that is greedy and self-interested. While there is a resistance that opposes the totalitarian government, most people allow themselves to be drugged and coope ...more
Hylary Locsin
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Eleven-year-old Meggie Blue and her older brother, thirteen-year-old David, love their lives in North Carolina. They live with their mother and loving grandfather who they call Gramps on a big ranch in the countryside. After a tragedy strikes their small town, however, the residents begin to suspect the truth: the Blues are not exactly human. Originally from the planet Chroma, they have been force
I had trouble getting into this book. During the first 4 chapters, the narrator, Meggie Blue, is unreliable. This part of the book doesn't flow. I might have abandoned this book if I was not reading it as a part of the Virgina Reader's Choice book list.

Chapter 5 reveals all, and the real story starts in chapter 6. From this point I started to get into the story. It takes place in a dystopian alternate America. Fashion City, so named because the factories there make the drab clothing the people i
I hadn't read any reviews of this prior to picking it up, so I was taken in by the plot twist close to the beginning; when you find out this seemingly normal human family, the Blues, are actually aliens from a dying star. To escape prejudice and hatred they get in their spaceship and jet off to a new set of coordinates--which lands them in America, again, but in a parallel universe. The country is split in two, and the place they land is unfortunately, the side ruled by wealthy tyrants who care ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 4-6
11-year-old Meggie Blue lives a happy, comfortable life in North Carolina with her mom, older brother, and grandpa. However, the recent talk among her classmates about aliens makes her unhappy because it brings back bad memories from years ago of the crazy man who trespassed into her class looking for aliens. An experience like this would traumatize any young child, but this was especially traumatizing for Meggie because she is, in fact, an alien.

Meggie's family first moved from the planet Chrom
Karen Keyte
"When I was in the third grade on the California coast, a crazy man came into my classroom one day and started waving a knife around. He said he was an alien hunter. He had a purple blotch on his face that was shaped exactly like Mexico, and his eyes were wild. Help came before he could hurt anybody, but he left scars all the same." - Meggie Blue

It is Meggie Blue's most vivid memory, and the most terrifying. The man with the purple Mexico who wanted to kill her. That traumatic experience is why
Derivative of science fiction classics, this book brings nothing new to the table for anyone who is familiar with such works as "Brave New World", "1984" and "Logan's Run". Add in a dash of the hit TV show "Sliders" with its parallel Earths and the good ole standby of some aliens, and this book is almost like a walk down memory lane. However, for the pre-teen and early teen set who will be too young to have enjoyed these sci-fi treasures of film and TV and may be too young to really comprehend t ...more
I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White

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"Meggie Blue seems like an average kid with a regular family -- a mother, a brother, a grandfather. But after the Blues' neighbors come in the night to terrorize them and they flee in an unusual way, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems.

After escaping their attackers, the Blues arrive in a place called
Meggie and David Blue aren't any ordinary kids. They're aliens, from the destroyed planet, Chroma. Blue streaks of hair pop up randomly, and when under pressuring situations, they blurt out words randomly from their language, which is unintelligible to humans. After constant running from the humans, they find themselves in an odd place called Fashion City, where being grossly unique is offending and drugs and brainwashing is encouraged. After finding all these monstrous things that the people th ...more
Karen A.
Meggie and David Blue are an aliens on the run. They have arrived from Chroma and are living on earth until they are forced to flee North Carolina and wind up in Fashion City, a highly repressive society where free thinking and being different are not only discouraged but punished. The inhabitants are brainwashed with lotus cakes to keep them from revolting.

There are alot of elements from other sci-fi stories that will seem familiar - Fashion City has similarities to Capital City in the 'Hunger
Jan 03, 2012 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc-s, mg
Meggie and David Blue seem like regular middle schoolers living in North Carolina with their Mom and Gramps but his unusually high intelligence and her bizarre speech impediment give some of the townspeople pause. And what's with the blue paint that seems to pop up in their hair all the time?

After strange string of events, the Blues are forced from their home by a less conventional mode of transportation and they end up in Fashion City. There the people greet them with all enthusiastic offers o
I wanted to like this book, I really did, but it's a mess. It's science fiction, trying to be dystopia, while at the same time trying to be contemporary fiction with nice little morals tucked in. The characterization is very one dimensional, and the historical references are so heavy handed that they seem laughable. I'm not sure that even a child would be able to take this book seriously.
I need to explain that I only read the first chapter, which was well-written and intriguing. However at the END of that chapter when I saw which way the book was going, I gave up at once, as I'm just not a fan of sci-fi. I did skim through the rest of it and I suspect that it will appeal strongly to other readers. I just don't have time to read something I'm not enthusiastic about from the start.
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