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

Edition: 2015 by Walker Books
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 worshipped by mountain lions.

I loved this book. And I am so, so glad the signed edition is on the way! I need it now.

The plot is so clever. I love the way two groups of people slowly come together – the indie kids and Mikey and his friends.

The characters are simply lovely. I really liked most of the characters, and I found them very right for the book. They just fit into the story perfectly.

The writing is simple, easy to read, but so very beautiful. I really love the way Patrick writes!

Something I liked…is the way Patrick brings together very different worlds. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the mentions of supernatural beings and actions in an otherwise contemporary novel. It really worked, and it makes this book unique and unlike most YA books – it’s not strictly contemporary, supernatural, paranormal or romance. It’s all in one, and Patrick writes that perfectly.

Something I disliked…is the fact that at the start of the book, it was kind of hard to understand the indie section at the start of each chapter – or how it tied in with the book. But I’m still glad it’s in there, because it does really makes the book whole, and exactly what the book is. It wouldn’t be The Rest of Us Just Live Here, without those parts!

My rating is…


5 out of 5 moons

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books!


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