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12.13.2015

Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine program.
Young Adult, Social Issues, Fantasy
Ebook/Print/Audio (336 pages, HARPERTEEN)
A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
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.
Author Site: website

If you've ever felt like you're less-than... this book is for you. (5 stars)

I'm still not sure I got everything there was to get out of THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE. It's such a different book from anything I've ever read. What initially appealed to me was the idea of a book about the 'rest of us' because I've often read books or watched films and wondered about the side characters who weren't the Chosen One or the special kids. For most of us that's every day life, we are the hero of our own story but never the hero of a bigger story. Sometimes just being able to get out of bed in the morning is a heroic feat and that's what makes Mikey a character that will resonate with teen and adult YA readers who struggle with mental illness.

But I also feel like this is a book for everyone who reads a lot of YA and can take a bit of tongue-in-cheek teasing about the plots we all love. When Gods, Soulsucking Ghosts, and Vampires have all had their bite out of Mikey's town in the past. I found it all pretty amusing and I loved how each chapter summed up what was happening to the 'indie kids' who were the characters facing the big bad of the book.  I honestly didn't really like the characters aside from Jared and Meredith and at times got really sick of the unrealistic romantic flipflopping within the group but it wasn't a deal breaker.

If you enjoy a book that covers lot of social issues and discusses mental health from anorexia and OCD to anxiety and addiction in a way that will make you feel less alone I think this is a book you will cherish.


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