Nerdy librarian alert: I had dinner with Patrick Ness in San Francisco. Okay, it was during ALA. Okay fine, there were 20 other people there (including authors Noelle Stevenson, Neal Shusterman, and Rae Carson). Technically, Patrick Ness was sitting at the table next to mine, but hey! I HAD DINNER WITH PATRICK NESS!
If you haven't read a novel written by Patrick Ness, then please put one on your "to read" pile. Two suggestions? His new book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, coming out in October 2015, is a unique look at the struggle to be normal in a non-normal world. Intrigued? Here is what the jacket cover says:
"What if you aren't the CHOSEN ONE? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul eating ghosts, or whatever new thing is next. That's what it's like for Mikey, who just wants to graduate and go to the prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. But sometimes you just have to find the EXTRAORDINARY in your ordinary life."
Part "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (without the vampires) and part "Breakfast Club" (with all the teen angst of transitioning to adulthood, The Rest of us Just Live Here was a really hilarious and clever read. SCLS-YS has a preview copy if you want to read it before the release date in October.
Oh, and my other book suggestion?
The real reason I was so excited to see Patrick Ness at dinner was so that I could tell him how, after I finished reading More Than This last year, I had trouble falling asleep for three nights because I was so spooked! His response can be seen below (sorry for the head tilt folks, technology is eluding me today to correct this photo) in his autograph inscription.