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While Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they're a lot like Earth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and can't wait to grow up. BUT they also have GROSSLY UNIQUE qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet. The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfatheWhile Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they're a lot like Earth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and can't wait to grow up. BUT they also have GROSSLY UNIQUE qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet. The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfather, by accident, to a far planet in which the society is not only oppressive but hostile to individual freedom. People are kept submissive through drugs and brainwashing. The Blues, who have spent time in free societies recognize the upside-down-ness of this world. They're almost helpless to do anything, but do what they can, plan their escape, and vow to help others....

Title : You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does)
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ISBN : 9780385739986
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Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) Reviews

  • IRIS
    2019-05-24 06:29

    I liked this book i hope everybody does

  • Eva Mitnick
    2019-05-12 02:07

    4 stars for the writing but 2 stars for the plot. This dystopian children's novel is reminiscent of many others - Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Sylvia Waugh's "Ormingat" trilogy, and so on - but without quite the subtle bite or emotional resonance of those works. White is a fine writer and Meggie's family's attempts to adapt to a new and imperfect culture are fascinating enough to make this a page-turner.And yet I didn't buy the whole "alternate Earth" scenario. In this one small city, we find alternate versions of Elvis as a young man, Abe Lincoln and Martin Luther King (who led a rebellion years before and went off to live in the "Western Province"), L. Frank Baum, and lots of people from their Earth town, including Meggie's best friend Kitty. This is so implausible that it has the effect of shaking the reader out of the story - Parable Alert! And after the family escapes to the blissfully free Western Province, Gramps and Mom offer a dissection of some of Fashion City's practices, in case we didn't get it on our own."What about the drabness?... Why didn't they want bright colors?""Color can be stimulating," Gramps the painter explains. "It can send the human imagination spinning into daydreams and fits of creativity. Good music inspires us in the same way.""And time?" I ask. "Why did we have no weeks or months or names of days?""The Fathers didn't want us measuring time," Gramps says. "They encouraged us to live only for the moment...to forget we were destined to be soldiers at sixteen, factory drones every day thereafter, and corpses at sixty-five. For the same reason, they wanted us always in a stupor..." And so on, as if the reader hadn't already figured that out.All in all, I found this a pleasant but ultimately disappointing novel, lacking in the kind of sharp insight that readers of dystopian novels expect. As a result, I'd recommend it to kids in grades 4 - 6 as a stepping stone on the way to grittier YA fare.

  • Katie Kenig
    2019-04-25 02:00

    Interesting YA take on aliens and dystopia.The first chapter of the book seems oddly disconnected from the rest of the book. (Spoiler alert!) The author attempts to use the unreliable narrator technique and it falls flat, because it isn't that the narrator is unreliable, it's that she's outright lying to the reader and herself, is misrepresenting things in such a way that later it seems completely unconnected to her character. It's almost as though a different author wrote the first chapter (badly) and a more talented writer who understood the characters better took over from there. After this initial speedbump, the book is a cute, fun read about a young alien girl and her family, struggling to survive after leaving the Earth of today for another dimension, where the government has been overthrown by big business, and a public kept in perpetual stupor works endless days for the reward of being put down at age 65. Oh yes, I yelled "Soylent Green is People!" the first time I saw the vacation 65 bus, I'll admit it. Anyone who is a fan of classic sci-fi will find familiar themes here, stolen from Brave New World, Farenheit 451, 1984 and other classics, reinterpreted for kids in an approachable format with likable characters.

  • Jorge
    2019-05-19 03:24

    La lectura de Os gustará esto fue el reencuentro con una forma de narrar que pocas veces se encuentra en la literatura juvenil actual. Hay un punto de inocencia, de encanto, de sana tradición americana... desde las emocionantes descripciones de paisajes deudora de Laura Ingalls o Patricia MacLachlan (ambas autoras se pueden encontrar en el catálogo de Noguer) hasta el espíritu de los cuentos de ese mago que es Ray Bradbury. El gusano dentro de la manzana. El fantástico en lo cotidiano. Y, claro, sin olvidar las maravillosas historias de La dimensión desconocida.Cuesta explicar de qué va esta historia sin destripar alguna de sus sorpresa. Digamos que los Blue (abuelo, mamá, hermano y hermana) tienen que huir en mitad de la noche de sus vecinos (a los que imagino llevando antorchas). En su huida llegan a Fashion City, un lugar bonito, seguro y feliz lleno de personas amables que cuidan las unas de las otras. Pero, claro, no todo es como a primera vista parece y los Blue verán que en su nuevo mundo, entre otras cosas, es muy peligroso ser "groseramente único" y que este mundo oculta muchas mentiras.Para disfrutar de esta novela en todo lo que se merece debemos tener en mente que uno, es una novela para jóvenes lectores y dos, la tradición en la que se inscribe. No estamos ante una novela distópica (pese a sus tintes) o de ciencia ficción... es una novela de fantasía. Pero entendida en la tradición que apuntaba más arriba, la de L. Frank Baum, Ray Bradbury, los guiones de Richard Matheson para La dimensión desconocida, los cómics de terror y ciencia ficción de los años cincuenta, la serie B cinematográfica, el imaginario de Roadl Dalh, etc. Lo maravilloso, la fantasía de la cotidianidad y un espíritu pulp en las cuestiones científicas que la hace hija directa del desparpajo de esa obra maestra que es Universo de locos (por cierto, publicada por Gigamesh).A mí todo esa tradición y estos universos me encantan y leer Os gustará esto (como a todos) ha sido como reencontrarme con viejos y conocidos amigos. Es una novela sencilla y divertida sobre una familia que sólo quiere vivir en paz y encontrar un hogar donde ser felices. Las intrigas y los peligros son cotidianos. No encontraremos a héroes afiliándose a una resistencia, grandes batallas o heroínas en el último segundo. Ni grandes amores más allá del coqueteo inocente de una niña de doce años. Familia, amistad, dolor, perdida, mentiras... Una historia y una trama sencilla, pero con sus buenas sorpresas.La novela tiene un estilo tranquilo, sencillo y diáfano. Personajes funcionales y agradables. Cuidado con los secundarios. Personas normales que solo quieren una vida tranquila. No son héroes y no se comportarán como tales. Los niños son niños con sus errores y prejuicios. Y su mirada limpia. La huida es una opción. La novela respira cierta inocencia en la forma de plantear la historia que recuerda a cuentos de otro tiempo. No se entretiene en una explicación detallada del nuevo mundo, sino que prefiere la sutileza y la información justa dejando al lector el trabajo de configurar el resto. Las noticias de la guerra, el sistema de gobierno... Quizá le achacaría algo de falta de desarrollo en algún punto del trasfondo, pero eso es pensado ahora. Cuando leía me limitaba a disfrutar.Os gustará esto (como a todos) es una buena novela de aventuras con tintes distópicos para jóvenes lectores (dicen que a partir de 12, pero un buen lector de 10 ya puede meterse en esto). Quien busque algo más adulto o imagine que esto es distopía pura se llevará un chasco. Quien busque romance o grandes dosis de acción, también. Es una novela sencilla que parece sacada de otro tiempo.

  • Renee
    2019-05-14 04:09

    Summary: Although Meggie Blue seems to be an average sixth-grader she is abnormally frightened when residents of her small, North Carolina town become fixated on aliens, and soon she and her family are forced to flee, making it clear that all is not as it seems. The Blue family: Meggie, her older brother David, Mom, and Gramps Aliens from planet Chroma who left the planet due to the pollution that destroyed the area and killed off some of the inhabitant such as Meggie's dad and grandmother. (info about Chroma is found in Chapter 5, page 26) The family left Chroma for a better life on planet Earth. Mom had already learned English from a teacher when she was little and taught it to Gramps, Meggie, and David. The family could blend into the community on Earth except for their blue streaks that would appear in their hair. The blue usually achieved around 12 years old when a person had reached a certain state of maturity in body, mind, and spirit (27). The blues were able to hide their blue hair when it would appear with hats that they kept with them at all times and small containers of vinegar that they could quickly apply to their hair to "erase" the blue streaks. The family once lived in CA but had to move when a madman tried to attack Meggie at her school. He had a special sense and could detect aliens trying to hide as average people in the community. Meggie is still haunted by that experience of the man trying to kill her at her school. The Blues then moved to NC. After people in the town start to suspect that the Blue family aren't who they say they are, they flee their comfortable life in NC in the middle of the night using a time/space travel vehicle called the Carriage and head to a new home. The family arrives in place that looks and feel a lot like planet Earth. It is in face a different planet Earth. In Fashion City, the family is greeted by police officer who believes they have escaped from the horrors of the Western Province where they had to eat rats. The police officer helps them get set up with a home, clothes, jobs, and food by sending them to the correct office buildings in which they can get those items. The Fathers take care of their people here. Praise the Fathers You'll like it here. Everybody Does. are all phrases that people in Fashion City keep saying to the family. In Fashion City, they learn more about the life in the area: -people pop lotus pills all day long and seem to be in a stupor -uniqueness is frowned upon and can even get you arrested -everyone were the same clothes and in boring colors. the only difference in the clothes in the phases that might appear on them, usually like Priase the Fathers -no pets are allowed-there is no violence, poverty, and sickness -all adults work EVERYDAY in the factory making the clothes -all kids have to go to school each day by staying home and doing their lessons for 1 hour a day with the TV that is in every room -their is a curfew and lockdown each night at 8:30pm and everyone has to be home to watch The Family Hour, Entertainment for the Whole Family, Each Night at 8:30pm, Presented by the Fathers (page 46) -The Family Hour: they tell who has been arrested and remind the people about all that the Fathers have done for the people -During the TV show, soft music is played the a series of slogans roll across the screen "Stay healthy and alive for Vacation 65!, Conformity is security, Conformity is contentment, The daydreamer is discontented, I will gladly give four years to serve the Fathers, Everybody likes Fashion City, Praise the Fathers" (page 74) -all kids when they reach 16 have to go fight in the wars for the Fathers, unless they are lucky and get a special job -when you reach age 65, you go on a wonderful vacation like a retirement community and never return (we find out later, the old people are killed through lethal injection after 3 days of their vacation) -there are no people with disabilities (because they are sent away and killed off) -whites are the superior race, blacks work at night and live in a different area of the city-books are not allowedWhile there the family learns that they are doubles of people they knew from the other planet Earth. There is another young Elvis Presley (who is arrested for being grossly unique), another Kitty (Meggie's best friend from NC, another A. Lincoln, and MLK Jr, etc. The Blues know they don't want to stay in this brainwashed land but need to do their best to try to blend in until they can make sure they know how to use the Carriage to go to a new land that is safe for them. They don't want to rush things and end up in a place worse than this. The Blues befriend a family who lives above them, the Gilmores - The Dad, Gil, the daughter Jennifer who is David's age, and the older brother ColinThrough the friendship with the Gilmores, the Blues learn more about life in Fashion City. The Gilmores start to question why the Blues seem to not know so much about the Revolution, the Western Province, and the Fathers. In the end, the Blues end up explaining that they are aliens and try to convince the Gilmore to escape with them in the carriage. Jennifer reveals that she has a book that might help find out where Gramps is so they can rescue him before he is killed on Vacation 65. Mrs. Gilmore was part of the resistance and was sent away but left this book for her family to use when it was time. The book has maps and shows that the land looks a lot like the US. Fashion City is like Missouri, the Western Province is the western part of the county with trees, mountains, etc. The Father live along the eastern coast, while Vacation 65 is Florida. We also learn that this land used to have a govt like the US but corporate greed overthrew it and now money making corporations are running the show - they are the Fathers. Gil's cousin works in Vacation 65 and ends up telling what room Gamps is in. The family travels to Gramps room and rescue him (and Kitty who was sent away for buying magazines on the black market) before they are killed. The madman is also at the hospital and tries to attach the family when he detects they are their. Mom is punched by the madman and can't operate the Carriage. Gramps can't operate it either, he is drugged up. Meggie ends up operating it. She secretly played around with the computer in the Carriage during their time in Fashion City and found out she does read Chromish. She saves the day and takes the family to the Western Province which turns out to be a beautiful area of the country rich with nature and a government similar to the US with leaders like A. Lincoln, MLK Jr. and a Native American tribe leader. They will start their new life here. Comments: The plot was interesting and kept you engaged. Life in Fashion City was scary and dark, especially the more that was revealed. Wondering if it might be too dark for younger readers because of killing off of old people, the sick, and the disabled. Could this be an interesting read for a class learning about the Holocaust? Better for older middle school or higher. But Meggie is a 6th grader. Also, I felt the end was a little to easily solved. I thought it would have been harder to escape. The did have alot of obstacles but they were solved quickly or easily. They found out Gramps room # easily, the tutor that Meggie had because she skipped her homework twice wasn't scary at all like they had warned earlier in the book (it was L. Frank Baum and he was easily distracted by Meggie who talked about the Wizard of Oz). Is this an original plot or has this been done before - like the Stepford Wives or Fahrenheit 451.

  • Lily
    2019-04-24 03:19

    This book is amazing and I could not put it down! Science fiction is fun to read.

  • Shaleh
    2019-04-27 02:12

    Okay, I don't want to be harsh... but I think I pretty much hated this book. We had it on audiobook and my younger sister wanted to finish it, so she dragged me through six hours of this story on audiobook.The thing is, it has an interesting premise. Or at least, interesting points.But this book is ALL OVER THE PLACE. Like, it's a book about aliens, who have lived as humans most of their lives, who can travel through dimensions, who go to an alternate Earth dimension, where it's a dystopia, there are political statements, statements against racism, and all of the characters have somebody they like-like, just not to miss anyone. Even the mom. There is no cohesive theme, or cohesive story.Then there is the high improbability that in this alternate dimension all these famous humans would all live at the same time, Elvis, Lincoln, King, even the author of The Wizard of Oz. But despite all these famous people randomly existing in the same timeline, and all being famous despite the fact that the same factors have not affected their lived (and no one being famous who isn't an instantly recognizable historical-figure) all of Maggie's friends are also in the same timeline. Not only this, but living in the same city! Kitty, Maggie's friend, just shows up at the most random times. Including in the finale, which I won't ruin for you -- although it's pretty unbelievable and horrible.Then the cultural references are so way off base, you can tell an older person wrote it, who only looked at pop culture briefly before choosing. Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift are all mentioned at some point.Ugh.Ugh.I should just stop ranting now.Goodbye.

  • Charlyn
    2019-04-30 22:11

    Meggie Blue and her brother David live with Mom and Gramps in a small town in North Carolina. It’s a great life until others in their town sense that Meggie and the rest of the family may be a bit different, a bit unique, a bit other-worldly. When Mom and Gramps catch news of an uprising against the family, they leave California in a very unusual way and they arrive on another world. This new land looks like the good old USA on Earth and appears to be a parallel world with many of the same historical, literary, and entertainment names living on it. But different choices have been made there and the country has evolved in a very different –and not so good--way. On the book flap, White cites having watched The Twilight Zone and those who have watched any of the episodes may recognize the effect that program had on this story, so very different from other books by the author. The story is told in the alternating voices of Meggie and David. David is older and thinks of himself as the natural leader of the two, but it is Meggie who remembers her native language and who is able to take charge when she needs to do so. Readers will find a unique viewpoint: aliens living on Earth must leave it, but find themselves missing the life they left. It may raise discussions about conformity and individual liberty—or it might just entertain. Either way, young readers should be intrigued by the idea of aliens among us.

  • Deanna
    2019-05-01 05:23

    You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White is a fast paced dystopian novel which tells the story of the Blue family. The story is told in alternating chapters by inquisitive and likeable siblings David and Meggie Blue. After being chased off from earth after being recognized as aliens, they arrive in a strange alternate earth in a place called Fashion City. They are immediately welcomed and given gifts (housing, jobs and money) from “The Fathers” who run the city and take care of the people. It becomes immediately apparent that Fashion City is a society which demands conformity and compliance and uniqueness is not tolerated. The longer the family resides in Fashion City, the more unsettled the Blues’ (and the reader) become. Rebels are taken away and brainwashed, citizens are fed tranquilizers, (another gift from The Fathers) the televisions play only happy, wholesome programs and everyone is locked in their homes at 8:30 PM. When one of the family members is put in jeopardy, the Blues realize they cannot stay in Fashion City. Escape seems nearly impossible though as they are under the ever watchful eyes of The Fathers. While there is nothing especially fresh in this latest foray into the dystopian society, itis nice to see one that can be embraced by the intermediate audience (for whom it will be new) and it is sure to get kids thinking about the importance of our freedoms.

  • Sara
    2019-05-19 01:15

    You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White follows David and Maggie Blue Aliens who get chased off earth after being found out by the locals. The family ends up in a strange place called Fashion City. When they enter the city they are immediately recognized as outsiders and welcomed to the city where they are given housing, jobs, schooling and money (gifts from the fathers). Although things appear strange and unsettling from the start they soon realize that this is a society that demands conformity and compliance and punishes individuality. This is a very good dystopian for the middle grade audience. I couldn't help but think that this is what Panem (the land of The Hunger Games) was like before they rebelled against the capital. Everything is controlled and those who rebel are taken away to be reprogrammed. The televisions play happy programs and everyone thanks the "fathers" for everything. The two main characters are inquisitive and interesting. The society is creepy without being scary and will make kids think about the importance of freedom and individuality. Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book and while the book is very creepy it's not scary and there is no violence. There is a hint of a crush but no real romance. I would recommend this book to readers aged 10-14 who are fans of science fiction or dystopia.

  • Katie
    2019-05-15 04:18

    This is such a good book! I was a little iffy before I started it because I am not a huge fan of sci-fi, alternate universe type books. But, seriously, I could not put this book down! The characters have their own personalities that are entertaining to read about. Also, the end is very heartwarming. This has been one of my favorite reads for the summer. You'll like this book (everybody does).

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-04 22:19

    This was a pretty good book. It was reminiscent of several other books but I like that it was written for an elementary audience.

  • Sandy Irwin
    2019-05-22 04:10

    I enjoyed how the author explored the concept of parallel worlds. It was well-written and suspenseful.

  • Miss. Ford
    2019-05-15 23:17

    Aliens

  • Andrea Trenary
    2019-05-03 04:00

    I picked this up at the Dollar Tree and based off the back I had no idea it was going to be about what it was about, but I absolutely loved it. What a great great find.

  • PJ
    2019-04-25 22:29

    awesome book...everyone should read it...

  • Ashley B.
    2019-05-16 04:01

    This was an action packed book about a family trying to find the best place to live in the galaxy. The family is originally forced to flee from America and they find themselves in a parallel universe. This universe is called "Fashion City". The city has strict rules and everyone is to abide by them. Failure to comply could mean jail or deportation. The family tries their hardest to fit in, but they soon learn they cannot stay there. This book would make a good discussion on how different societies are run and how they impact the people. A discussion about which is better or listing the pros and cons of the way the city ran would be an intriguing dialogue to have.

  • Kimbolimbo
    2019-04-24 22:12

    Felt like a recruiting tool or propaganda book about how great the USA and the constitution...but yet, in an alternate universe it could be improved upon. I could have stopped reading/listening at many points without regret. Too silly and too simple. Not the level of writing or storytelling I would have expected from an award winning book. Don't get me wrong, there were some cute scenes and I bet kids would love this book.

  • Elisheva Rina
    2019-05-20 23:20

    Dystopian lit is supposed to make some sort of comment about current society. Right? This book doesn't. This book is just a boring version of every other classic dystopian novel, but without any excitement. Or point. I understood that...pollution is bad? Mobs are scary? I'm just confused.

  • Arianna Walker
    2019-04-25 05:05

    It kind of seems a lot like normal life today, what with the mind-controlling through the television and propaganda, and sort of shows how the people in power are controlling the people like marionette puppets, making them believe what they want them to believe.

  • Alesia
    2019-04-24 00:28

    normally i dot like stories about aliens but this was a really sweet non scary story.

  • Joe Holman
    2019-05-10 04:29

    This book has a lot of subtle lessons about the importance of individualism and individual rights. It's told within a youthful fantasy world.

  • IncuriousKat
    2019-05-09 01:21

    3.5/5 stars

  • Rikki
    2019-05-18 06:27

    Kinda iffy, started off good but kinda fish tailed there midway through.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-13 22:00

    Pretty quick read. Sorta different from most utopia books.

  • Jazzy
    2019-05-25 01:16

    I only have two requests concerning this book, and they are as follows- 1. I would like it to be longer and more fleshed-out concerning characters and plot and more time spent on world building. 2. Page 245, line 18, word 9, needs to be blotted out from history forever.I'll talk about number 1 first.It's fairly typical, the main setting and atmosphere of the book. A ""utopian"" (double air quotes required for that term) society run by this group called the Fathers who do all the typical ""utopian"" society things such as false advertising, killing old or disabled people and disguising it as a vacation, and thoroughly brainwashing the community at large using pills, TV, radio, slogans, and rehabilitation when they get too out of hand. Maybe I simply haven't read a dystopian novel in a while, but I enjoyed the cliches. It was nice to view them from a perspective not of a lovesick love-triangle-crossed girl dealing with Hot Boy and Hawt Man. I liked the gross vacillation and gross reiteration aspects along with the famous people living at the same time or living and dying completely different lives in this alternate universe. (Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln leading an insurrection? Can I get a yes please.)Everything could've been expanded upon, however. I understand that this is a YA book and they're not renowned for their lengthy volumes, but 258 pages is too short to properly build up the separate concepts of an alien family, Chroma, the Carriage, Fashion City/""utopian"" society/The Fathers, and the Western Province without feeling rushed. Since the book only was 258 pages, it did feel rushed and the plot moved too fast to properly enjoy certain parts. Something I really wish had been expanded upon was the whole "we know what's happening but we take the pills to forget and chill" business. To me that is an unfortunately true-to-life representation of what's happening now, where it is easier to go to the Fashion City Park and lose yourself in the humdrum monotone than to speak up for sufferers and the imperfections in your social surroundings. But this point only got a one page glossover that left me feeling unsatisfied. The racial struggle could've been established better as well (again, if the book had been longer). Kitty and Maggie's friendship. More alien stuff. Explanation of the Carriage's tech and abilities. More Chromish. More saving kids with gross reiteration. More rehabilitation (actual rehabilitation, not Fashion City's rehabilitation) of brainwashed characters. This book had all the elements to make an excellent dystopian novel if only it had pushed a little harder against that 258 pages and gone on a little longer. So close. If you're looking for a quick, thoughtless read that has the particulars of a classic dystopian novel without quite so much of the hit-you-over-the-head metaphorical Augustus Waters foolishness (to be used sparingly only) than this is good. If you're looking for something deeper with a well-thought-out world and a complexity or originality of characters (other than the fact that the family is full of aliens, there's not much different or unique about them) than this is not for you.Now, I have to talk about number 2.Page 245, line 18, word 9, is this: OMG.That's it. There was a full stop before and after the initialism. Used unironically without a trace of sarcasm. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but page 245 is an action-packed scene with a lot going on. Maggie panics and then proceeds to think: OMG.It hurt me spiritually. I didn't know if I was going to recover. Up until then, Ruth White had not dipped into that realm of text-talk initialism ridiculousness. All of the sudden, BAM there it is. I was morally disappointed.Last thing before conclusion- I'm so happy that Colin/Maggie or David/Jennifer never became a thing. That would have also been morally disappointing, seeing as neither Colin or Jennifer gave me a single spark of interest. Rarely did Maggie or David, for that matter, but I'll save that for another time.In conclusion-Good things: aliens, space travel, alternate universes, Lincoln/King insurrection, L. Frank Baum showing up, interesting dystopian idea, NO SWEARING (can I get a hallelujah), NO SEXUAL CONTENT, blue hair, Elvis's "gross uniqueness", alien hunters, gross reiteration, gross reiteration, gross reiteration, gross reiteration, Gramps being radical as flapjacksBad things: too short, rushed, not good world-building, page 245 line 18 word 9, simplistic characters in a I-don't-like-this way, any buildup whatsoever of Colin/Maggie or David/Jennifer was completely unnecessary

  • Abby
    2019-05-22 03:19

    I think it is a very good book and it is hilarius and one of my favorite books

  • Stacy Ford
    2019-05-10 00:20

    David and Meggie Blue may look just like you and me, but there is one significant difference. They are from the planet Chroma and have a spaceship readily available to transport them across galaxies that they call the Carriage. David and Meggie, along with their mom and grandfather have settled in North Carolina and are happy living there. Soon, however, gossip builds that there are aliens in town and it is discovered that the Blue's may in fact, be those aliens. With no other choice the family enters the Carriage and quickly escapes a mad mob. They arrive on a planet, well Earth, but it is in another time dimension. They find themselves in Fashion City. At first Fashion City seems like it will be a great fit for the Blues. They are given an apartment, food, jobs, schooling, clothing, everything one needs to survive. All, thanks to the Fathers. Layer by layer White reveals that the Blues are not at all in a place like the one that they left. Every night their is lockdown at 8:30. Every day the adults must go work in the factories. Every. Day. There are Lotus pills that promise to ease all your troubles. In fact, every one pops Lotus pills just like they are candy. Mom and Gramps soon decide that Fashion City is not the place for them and make plans to escape. However, after it is discovered that Gramps is actually 65, he is forcibly taken away to "Vacation 65," where he will be euthanized after three days along with everyone else who is taken. The only hope for the Blues and the upstairs neighbors, The Gilmores, is to find the coordinates for Vacation 65 and use the Carriage for an escape.This novel is a great substitute for students who may not be mature enough to hand the violence of The Hunger Games trilogy.Literary Quality: White switches narration back and forth between David and Meggie. This helps to round out both of the main characters. The author also does a good job of revealing the lack of freedoms in Fashion City a little at a time so that students will be able to see the injustice of it all. There is a good cast of supporting characters. The plot takes a while to take off, but when it does the reader will want to read to the very end. The climax of the book is so engaging that you just want to shout at the characters, "GET OUT OF THERE!"Originality of Text/Illustration: The inclusion of aliens in a dystopian society who have a space ship that they can use to escape is great. Due to the boundaries of time being blurred people like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, Chief Seattle, Elvis, L. Frank Baum and others either appear in the book or are leaders in "The Western Province." These traits enable White to create a book that goes from dystopian to utopian. Great original text. No illustrations were included in my edition (Audio Book)Design/Format: The book is layed out well. I liked the different narrators. I also like how White carefully draws the reader in by showing the fanatical elements.Organization/Accuracy: Due to its fantasy/science-fiction nature this book does not require accuracy. The book is organized well.Subject Matter Interest to Children: Due to the main characters being children and having many of the same commonalities as children this book will appeal to them. It will also appeal to children because of the current trends in KidLit that bend toward dystopian fiction.Acceptance By Children: Children will be able to accept the fanatical elements of this books because they are carefully revealed and make sense within the text of the story.BOTTOM LINE: This would be a great book for kids since it introduce science fiction and dystopian elements. The characters are believable and leave the reader wanting to fight for them and the injustices of Fashion City.

  • Hylary Locsin
    2019-04-25 22:13

    Originally posted on my blog: http://libraryladyhylary.blogspot.com ! Check it out for more reviews!Eleven-year-old Meggie Blue and her older brother, thirteen-year-old David, love their lives in North Carolina. They live with their mother and loving grandfather who they call Gramps on a big ranch in the countryside. After a tragedy strikes their small town, however, the residents begin to suspect the truth: the Blues are not exactly human. Originally from the planet Chroma, they have been forced to relocate after pollution and disease caused their planet to become uninhabitable. Now the Blues must flee again in the device that brought them to Earth, a “glass rocket-ship” called the Carriage. The Carriage brings them to their new home, a place called Fashion City. At first, everything about the city seems to be harmonious. They are given food, shelter and clothing and told over and over again, “You’ll like it here. Everybody does.” The population of Fashion City may be a bit drab, but the Blues are welcomed into their new lives of factory work, school, and frozen meals. It seems that in Fashion City, violent crime has been eradicated and, in its place, people are punished for things like uniqueness, daydreaming and ambition. As Meggie and David learn more about Fashion City, and the mysterious Fathers who the population praises as ensuring the survival of their town, the Blues begin to wonder if the place is truly as harmonious as it seems. Calling to mind such classics as The Giver, Fahrenheit 451 and To Kill a Mockingbird, Ruth White’s You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does) is a quick but very thought-provoking novel for young readers. The story is told in alternating voices between eleven-year-old Meggie and thirteen-year-old David. Meggie begins narrating the story, and, for the first several chapters, it is not evident that the Blues are, in fact, aliens. The discovery of the truth makes for just one of many exciting twists in the plot. As adult readers are bound to pick up on, there are definite literary references in White’s description of the “utopian” Fashion City. The residents seem to be perpetually locked in a muted, communistic way of life devoid of any creativity, self-expression or ambition. Elders are rounded up for Vacation 65, a form of retirement that takes those who are no longer useful in Fashion City to a tropical paradise. The sinister overtones of the oppression in Fashion City will not be lost on younger readers. At one point in the book, a friend of Meggie’s describes how all of the pets in the city were recently rounded up as animals were found to be carriers of disease. Although the novel does take some dark turns, it doesn’t dive too intensely into the horrors of absolute control and oppression, making it a very appropriate introduction for tweens into dystopian fiction. Overall, You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does) is a very satisfying and entertaining read for tween, teen and adult readers alike. This title would be especially interesting for a classroom discussion or book group. I have to admit that the title of this novel is really what grabbed me. The creepiness of that phrase really elevated my hopes for the story. I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does) for many different reasons. It was an incredibly quick read, and I found myself unable to put it down, something that doesn’t often happen for me. I really found the author’s writing-style to be appropriate for young readers but far from juvenile. There are also many references in the novel that only older readers will be able to pick up on, making it even more interesting for parents, teachers or librarians who want to familiarize themselves with the story. I hope that this title makes school reading lists because I really think it has the potential to be a modern classic.

  • Stephanie Tiner
    2019-05-13 02:10

    Meggie Blue and her family love their little home in their little town in North Carolina. But the people in her town can be very superstitious. When a rumor circulates through town, Meggie and her family quickly become a target.When their neighbors suddenly arrive in the middle of the night, Meggie and her family are forced to flee. Not knowing where they are going, they arrive in a place called Fashion City. Fashion City is peaceful and orderly but something isn’t quite right. After befriending a neighboring family, Meggie and her family quickly discover that Fashion City is controlled by the Fathers. Uniqueness is absolutely forbidden and anyone who disobeys is sent away to rehabilitation. Now Gramps is in danger and the Blues must find a way out, before it is too late. I enjoyed this novel. Reading it brought me back to middle school when I read “The Giver” and “Fahrenheit 451.” I’m not the biggest fan of alien fiction, but I will admit that I liked this novel. The story line is somewhat simplistic, but considering the target audience, it is fitting. I was surprised to see so many older concepts discussed and hinted at in this novel. The normal concepts were covered, such as, social conformity, rule abidance, and substance abuse but also concepts such as The Butterfly Effect, brain washing, and tyranny. I found this book to promote independent thought, equality, uniqueness, bravery, and friendship, to name a few. This is a great book for young readers, in my opinion, because it shows them that it is okay to be who they are and to go against the flow of the crowd when it means standing up for what you feel is right. When it is so much easier to follow the road everyone else is walking down, it is nice to know that there is strength in choosing the right road, even when no one else does. I would recommend this novel to middle grade readers who enjoy or may enjoy alien fiction. I bought my copy of this novel from my local Dollar Tree and have permission form the publishers at Penguin Random House to use the image of the cover artwork featured above. stephanietiner.weebly.com