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Author: Patrick Ness Narrator: James Fouhey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9780062421715
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Six starred reviews!

A bold and irreverent YA novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable, The Rest of Just Live Here is from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy.

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.

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choice * Michael Printz Award shortlist * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * VOYA Perfect Ten * NYPL Top Ten Best Books of the Year for Teens * Chicago Public Library Best Teen Books of the Year * Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books * ABC Best Books for Children * Bank Street Best Books List

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The five main characters are all dealing with issues that will resonate with teens…Fans of madcap humor and satire…will appreciate this unique and clever take on a familiar trope.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Ness’ deadpan sci-fi novel pokes fun at far-fetched futuristic fantasies while emphasizing the important victories of merely living. This memorable, moving, and often hilarious read is sure to be a hit.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “In this often-hilarious parody of fantasy stories from Harry’s to Buffy’s, not everyone is a Chosen One, but ‘everyone’s got something;’ everybody matters.”

    Horn Book magazine

  • “Hilarious—and perceptive…The diverse cast of characters is multidimensional and memorable, and the depiction of teen sexuality is refreshingly matter-of-fact…Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Clever and laugh-out-loud funny, the supernatural side notes add tension and humor to the story. This is highly recommended for libraries serving young adults.”

    VOYA (starred review)

  • “A cleverly metafictive, occasionally humorous, occasionally poignant love letter to the kids most likely to get sorted into Hufflepuff or who might occasionally date one of the Scooby gang but whose real heroism lies in living their daily lives bravely and compassionately.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “James Fouhey emphasizes the sarcasm and humor of this book’s narrator, Mikey…Fouhey’s reading shines a light on evolving friendships and selfhood. He fully develops the personalities of the main characters, focusing on the humanistic aspects of this story rather than the fantastical.”


  • “Magical, mysterious, and breathtakingly suspenseful…An absolute marvel of imagination, invention, and heart.”

    Michael Cart, author of My Father’s Scar

  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the antidote to all things formulaic: it’s meta, playful, wise, and true—and clever as hell.”

    Emily M. Danforth, author of The Miseducation of Cameron Post

  • “Hilarious! And so, so clever. All the characters are beautifully drawn. This is one smart, warm book, both entertaining and thought provoking.”

    Monica Edinger, author of Africa Is My Home

  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 Selection for Teen Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • A 2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection

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About the Author

Patrick Ness is best known for his books for young adults, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and More Than This. Twice in a row—for Monsters of Men and A Monster Calls—he won the Carnegie Medal, the oldest and most prestigious book award for children’s writing in the UK. A Monster Calls was also the first book ever to simultaneously win the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. Ness has taught creative writing at Oxford University and is a literary critic for the Guardian. Born in Virginia, he lives in London.

About the Narrator

James Fouhey is an actor and narrator living in New York City. He received classical training at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He has recorded more than forty audiobooks across a variety of genres, including science fiction, romance, young adult fiction, and children’s fiction.