It's their senior year of high school. Mikey, Mel, Henna, Jared and the new kid, Nathan, worry about finals and prom and the great expanse of what lifIt's their senior year of high school. Mikey, Mel, Henna, Jared and the new kid, Nathan, worry about finals and prom and the great expanse of what life has ahead of them. Only, it's a bit more complicated than normal high school life, once the "indie" kids start dying under mysterious circumstances.
Who are the indies? Well, they're today's hipsters, I think you'd say. They're kids with names like Finn and Satchel, kids who wear trendy clothes and sport trendy haircuts. They're also kids that a mysterious force that shoots out blue light has a real taste for. Not a great time to be an indie.
'The Rest of Us Just Live Here' is a light YA story with science fiction/supernatural undertones. On the surface, it's about normal kids worrying about normal high school problems: love, sex and hanging onto friendships once they've graduated. Woven through is the secondary storyline, one that's a bit underdeveloped sad to say, written in a way that suggests you'd have to have read Ness's previous books to get a real handle on what's going on here. Frequent mention is made of past events, the last time the school blew up, for instance. And the time there were vampires. Things that, if you've read them, would likely go far toward fleshing out some rather lean plot points.
This is a fun YA book geared toward quick reading, nothing terribly deep or original and nothing Ness took a lot of time to develop. For what it is, I expect it achieves its goal of being a mildly funny, fast-paced read middle schoolers and younger high school-aged kids could whip right through. I just wasn't the target audience. No worries....more
How does a teenager face to specter of terminal illness? How do their families, friends and other teens facing the same grim diagnosis get through whaHow does a teenager face to specter of terminal illness? How do their families, friends and other teens facing the same grim diagnosis get through what life they have left?
Practically everyone's read this book; I don't think I need to summarize the plot in detail. Three friends: Hazel and Augustus (a doomed couple in love) and their friend Isaac (blinded by cancer of the eyes) struggle to make it through, supporting each other, taking and giving support to their families.
As an adult it was impossible for me to put the book down. I started it late one evening, staying up all night to finish it at 5:00 a.m. Of course, I was suffering form a bout of insomnia but the book had something to do with that. So be warned: once you start you may find yourself in the same boat, unable to put it down 'til you've turned the last page.
Of course it's heartbreaking but in the end there's a certain redemption, such as there can be. Green gives the reader a lot to think about regarding life: how to live and how to die. A brilliant book for all but especially young adults, as they begin their independent lives....more
Didn't realize it was a young adult novel before I started it. I wasn't in the mood to read a YA from Rushdie, so will only say it was well-written buDidn't realize it was a young adult novel before I started it. I wasn't in the mood to read a YA from Rushdie, so will only say it was well-written but not the right book at the right time for me....more