The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

22910900How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Contemporary / Science Fiction

Previously reviewed:
More Than This

Synopsis: 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 worshiped by mountain lions.

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


*** may contain spoilers ***

Review: I wouldn’t have expected to have a “spoiler alert” on my review of Patrick Ness’s newest book but when it came to writing about The Rest of Us Just Live Here the thing I wanted to talk about might require it.
So consider yourself warned-

One of the main memories I have of The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the chapter of Mikey talking to Dr Luther. It’s just their conversation – it’s an amazing conversation and Patrick Ness/Dr Luther says wonderful and important things in this chapter. Things that made me want to hold out this book and get people to read it right then & there, because that chapter has some great dialogue about mental health. Thank you for that.

I liked the characters in this book and how complicated they were. The relationships between them (how things changed over the course of the story) and how Mickey, his sister and their friends dealt with trying to continue admit another ‘new thing’ threatening to blow the school up.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here is certainly a book I’d recommend, not just for the characters and writing but also for how it deals with mental health.

Recommend it?


Expected publication:
August 27th 2015 by Walker Books

I will be interviewing Patrick Ness this Saturday (22nd August)
excuse me while I freak out a little….
also virtual doughnuts (it’ll make sense!)

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