The Rest of Us Just Live Here

I always hear people say that teenagers feel things too strong. Maybe the phrasing of that’s unfair, perhaps they don’t mean it as any kind of insult. But I do get the impression teenagers are supposed to feel things more intensely than ‘grown-ups’, no matter how small or trivial that thing is. Patrick Ness is a writer whose books are often about teenagers, and I think he’d agree that things feel big when you’re young. What he captures better than anyone else, though, is the reality of those feelings, the truth of them.

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