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You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  670 Ratings  ·  129 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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Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book i hope everybody does
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,
Katie Kenig
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paw
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May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing and I could not put it down! Science fiction is fun to read.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: g, children, dystopian
Okay, I don't want to be harsh... but I think I pretty much hated this book. We had it on audiobook and my younger sister wanted to finish it, so she dragged me through six hours of this story on audiobook.

The thing is, it has an interesting premise. Or at least, interesting points.

But this book is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Like, it's a book about aliens, who have lived as humans most of their lives, who can travel through dimensions, who go to an alternate Earth dimension, where it's a dystopia, ther
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
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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).
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. It was reminiscent of several other books but I like that it was written for an elementary audience.
Sandy Irwin
Nov 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I enjoyed how the author explored the concept of parallel worlds. It was well-written and suspenseful.
Miss. Ford
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Andrea Trenary
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I picked this up at the Dollar Tree and based off the back I had no idea it was going to be about what it was about, but I absolutely loved it. What a great great find.
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
awesome book...everyone should read it...
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Felt like a recruiting tool or propaganda book about how great the USA and the constitution...but yet, in an alternate universe it could be improved upon. I could have stopped reading/listening at many points without regret. Too silly and too simple. Not the level of writing or storytelling I would have expected from an award winning book. Don't get me wrong, there were some cute scenes and I bet kids would love this book.
Elisheva Rina
Jan 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dystopian lit is supposed to make some sort of comment about current society. Right? This book doesn't. This book is just a boring version of every other classic dystopian novel, but without any excitement. Or point. I understood that...pollution is bad? Mobs are scary? I'm just confused.
Arianna Walker
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Alyse Walker
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Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
normally i dot like stories about aliens but this was a really sweet non scary story.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kinda iffy, started off good but kinda fish tailed there midway through.
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it is a very good book and it is hilarius and one of my favorite books
Stacy Ford
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Hylary Locsin
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Stephanie Tiner
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Meggie Blue and her family love their little home in their little town in North Carolina. But the people in her town can be very superstitious. When a rumor circulates through town, Meggie and her family quickly become a target.
When their neighbors suddenly arrive in the middle of the night, Meggie and her family are forced to flee. Not knowing where they are going, they arrive in a place called Fashion City. Fashion City is peaceful and orderly but something isn’t quite right. After befriending
Karen Keyte
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
"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
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very clever sci-fi/fantasy blend book that touches on multiple complex and extremely current themes, simultaneously. It skillfully reveals just how split philosophically/politically apart the USA is at present and may become at some distant future. Simultaneously, it's all done while touching on how one gradually learns to cope with PTSD over time, as well as, how mixed teen feelings typically are surrounding the process of undergoing puberty - a process they have no control of on any level. T ...more
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
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
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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