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


What if you weren’t the Chosen One?

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were 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 might just be the God of mountain lions…


“A NEW PATRICK NESS BOOK!” I hear you cry?

Why yes, it is and please stop shouting at me.  It’s very distracting when I’m trying to write a review.

Firstly; hats off to the publicity team at Walker Books UK for sending these out to bloggers along with some tasty American candy treats.  I gobbled them up straight away because I’m a piggy and can’t say no to peanut butter.  I also can’t say no to the chance of reading an early copy of a new Patrick Ness book.  

The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a great read that looks at current trends in teen paranormal fiction with a tongue-in-cheek manner.  Whilst doing that we get an insight into real friendships and relationships between these group of friends and the honest account of struggles that we can all experience as we grow up.  The teenage years are one of the most confusing and frightening times in your life but they can also be the most exciting.  This book looks at a world that has strange things going on but rather than focus on the weirdness surrounding them; Ness looks at the true lives of young adults that just happen to exist in this world.

The first forty to fifty pages of the book were a little confusing because I didn’t quite understand what was going on and the characters all sounded very similar in my head.  It made it difficult to keep up with the flow of the story whilst trying to work out who was even speaking.  However; it suddenly becomes clear who’s who and how they fit into the story.  When the book starts and there is a weird moment, I couldn’t understand why the characters acted so nonchalant about it but all become clear suddenly.

That aside, I thoroughly enjoyed The Rest of Us Just Live Here as it truly tapped into the minds of all these individual voices and showed us how it can feel to be lost amongst people.  This gang of friends are a self-made family and you honestly feel the love between them when they face their own secrets and troubles.  I particularly liked the way Ness has Mikey describe his problems of being stuck in a hole.  It’s eerily similar to how I’ve described it to others in the past as being “down the rabbit hole”.

An excellent book about being a teenager and not being the hero of the story; just existing and surviving.

Published by Walker Books UK and is available online and in bookshops in August 2015

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