The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What happens if you're not one of the Chosen? Instead, just one of those ordinary kids who happens to end up as zombie food, or caught in the crossfire of gods going mad, or trying to escape a vampire outbreak? This is their story, the story of normal kids, doing normal things in a town that might be the nexus for abnormal activity (kinda like the Hellmouth that was Sunnydale CA, kept safe by Buffy).
The reality is: no one is normal. We all have problems, like thinking about college and having crushes on people who don't crush back and getting through prom and figuring out what life is all about. Family can get in the way, with siblings and parents who have problems of one sort or another. It does make it more complicated when things with the "indie kids" world interferes with real life ("indie kids" being the name given to those who are Chosen, Special or otherwise involved with the parawhatever activity - they usually have strange names, like Satchel or Finn. there are a lot of Finns).
I loved this behind the scenes look at what the lives of those in the background scenes of Those Books is like. How they view the activity around them and the indie kids, noticing what's going on but really not as involved or interested beyond getting through high school safely. It's the perfect read for those tired of endless waves of zombies, ghosts, angels, etc.
ARC provided by publisher.