The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Published by HarperTeen on October 6th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
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four-stars

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

What I thought

The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the copy I got from my Secret Santa this year, GLOWS IN THE DARK. I had it on my desk and woke up in the middle of the night and it took me a while to figure out that it actually was my book that was glowing. It’s the first glow-in-the-dark cover of a book I own, never thought I would say that. Also… Confession: This was my first Patrick Ness book.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here is different from any YA book out there

The Rest of Us Just Live Here was different from other Young Adult books. There simply is no other way to describe it. I knew it from the very first page, and as a result I was a bit confused the first few chapters. There’s talk about ‘Chosen Ones’ and ‘Indie kids’ and I literally found myself thinking ‘what am I reading’. Fortunately, that only lasted a little while, once I got used to the writing style I found myself completely absorbed into the story.

Tells the story of the characters that aren’t hero’s: normal people

What I loved most about this book is that is tells the story of the characters that aren’t hero’s, characters that could care less about immortals and zombies and the mysterious stuff that’s going on in their crazy town. They’re just normal people that want to get through senior year and graduate (before anyone blows up the high school, again). I love that Patrick Ness chose to write about normal people, because aren’t we all? Now I can’t say I see zombie deer’s running around every day, or that my school was ever blown up, but Mikey and his friends are as ‘unchosen’ as we are. Fun part was that we got to read about what the indie kids were up to as well at the beginning of every chapter, and it makes for a wonderful contrast between their and Mikey’s (and his friends’) lives.

No diversity to for the sake of diversity

Yes, FILLED with diversity! Mikey, our main character, suffers from anxiety and OCD, and (as far I can be a judge of this) I felt like it was a very realistic portrayal of OCD. The fear he has of being caught in a loop and not being able to get out made The Rest of Us Just Live Here such an emotional read. I felt so much for him, especially the way he felt like the least wanted person in his group of friends. Which left me a blubbering mess. But that’s not where the diversity ends: Mikey’s sister, Mel, recently battled anorexia, he has a best (gay) friend named Jared, and then we have Henna, the (African) girl he has a crush on. It’s not just diversity to for the sake of diversity though. They are ordinary people who have their own problems to overcome.

Final verdict IRISJEXX!

While Patrick Ness’ writing took a little getting used to, but once I did I fell in love with it. It’s a beautiful book, one that packs a punch. It’s a Fantasy and a Contemporary all in one, and it’s perfectly balanced. I highly recommend this one to anyone who’ll listen!