We gave it an A
Mikey lives in a town with a propensity for inhuman visitors — vampires, zombies, soul-eating ghosts and the like. The gifted clique responsible for protecting the town is cheekily dubbed the “indie kids,” but Ness uses the Twilight-esque apocalyptic battle only as a sarcastic aside to the main plot. Between an anxiety disorder, an unrequited crush, and a broken family, Mikey has enough to worry about without battling the otherworldly. “I reckon there are a lot more people like me than there are indie kids with unusual names and capital-D Destinies,” he muses. Mikey and co. are simply trying to graduate before the indie kids blow up the school. Ness expertly tackles everything from alcoholic parents to mental disorders in an honest and sometimes snarky way, reminding us that just being average is sometimes a struggle all on its own.