The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Review

troujlhTitle: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: eBook
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

Overall: 4 out of 5

Source: Edelweiss

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.




This book was quite astonishingly good, I’ve never read anything by this author before even though its been recommended, so honestly I wasn’t sure what to expect. Reading the synopsis I half figured that this would be a book about the regular kids whining that they don’t ever get to be the Chosen One or part of the ‘indie kid’ club. If that’s what you think too after reading the synopsis, let me tell you right now this book isn’t. If anything Mikey and his group of friends are incredibly thankful that they are not part of the ‘indie kids’ and spend most of the book shaking their heads at them. Patrick Ness nails the name for these ‘indie kids’ though, it was quite honestly the most humorous part of the whole book.

Mikey was a very interesting character, and I have to admit that alot of his issues I really identified with. Especially as I watched how his friends treated him, and I know the point of that was supposed to be that it wasn’t true, but I felt it. Maybe it was because the book was through Mikey’s eyes, but I really felt like most of his friends were pretty crappy. Maybe that’s the point though, in life everyone makes mistakes especially with those we care about.

This book was about growing up and learning that the world is scary, but everyone is scared together.  I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book and perhaps that’s because my expectations were zero for this novel. I just can’t shake it though, this book brings something to the YA genre that’s been missing. It’s humorous, sad, funny, emotional, contemporary and supernatural. Honestly it was brilliant. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.



4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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