Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, paranormal, young adult
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.
Source: Public library
How I Found About It: Goodreads/Blogging
Okay, then. This was weird.
I was scouring the library looking for some books to read, and I decided to borrow The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I’d heard only good things about it, and I’d devoured A Monster Calls, thus I expected to like it. Unfortunately, though, I don’t think this one was really catered to my tastes.
For a brief synopsis, this book revolves around Mikey, who is more or less a normal high school student. He has hopes of graduating, getting a good job, and living a happy life. Then there are the indie kids at his school, who live their own lives but mysteriously get killed, one by one. Unlike what some other people think, Mikey decides that they aren’t all that bad, and decides to help them out and look into the mysteries of their deaths.
Mikey was a good character, but I don’t really think he stood out much. Like many other teenage protagonists, he had his love, school, family, and friendship problems, many of which were touched on in this story. For some reason, I felt like I couldn’t really relate to him much, but I just can’t place my finger on it.
I also thought the plot was a bit strange and confusing. I should have known better when I picked up this book- paranormal books and I do NOT get along!
(Well, we do, like, 5% of the time, but SHHH!) Like, why were those kids called ‘indie?’ Did they have special powers, because if so, they were NOT clear in the book. And what even were those chapter starters? They had absolutely nothing to do with the story. I just think I had a bit of trouble seeing the ends meet in this book, is all.
In many books like this, it is the morals that I like best, and this book is definitely no exception. There were lots of great lessons, ranging from learning to put others’ needs before yours to understanding that everyone is awesome in their own kind of way, no matter who they are.
All in all, as much as I wanted to like The Rest of Us Just Live Here, it just fell flat for me with its unmemorable characters and weird storyline. I’ll probably have to make a note for myself to check for paranormal elements whenever possible, because those are always the types of books that irk me. So, if you’re an avid fan of paranormal stories set in a high school atmosphere, then I’m sure you’ll like this one more than I did! But if you devour contemporaries and aren’t used to confusing plots, then I’d say skip it.