Book Talk: The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


Title: The Rest of us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary with a sprinkle of Paranormal
Pages: 343
Publisher: 2015 Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback 
"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..."
Trigger Warning: Eating disorders, alcoholism, thoughts of suicide.

 The Cover

This cover is GORGEOUS. It has blue sprayed pages and yellow hardback with an indentation on the front.


Writing Style

Each chapter begins with a excerpt of the 'indie kids' (superheros). Because this book is about the 'normal kids' we only get a broad overview of what is happening in the supernatural world.

At first when I started reading this book I didn't really understand who was who and what was happening because you are just thrown into the middle of a conversations. After getting over the confusion we experience the story from Mikey's perspective which was actually quite interesting and emotional at times. 

Plot 

If I'm being completely honest I did not read the synopsis properly. I read the first line and expected more supernatural elements. While there was snippets of the supernatural this story follows Mikey and his friends who just want to graduate without their school burning down. I enjoyed that while there was a little bit of romance the true essence of this book was the friendships. Therefore if you are looking for a beautiful story about friendship I would HIGHLY recommend this book. 

Characters

There is a fair amount of diversity and representation in this book. There are a few characters with mental health problems, a half black character and a gay character. Overall the characters are very relatable and interesting but I definitely related to Mikey the most. Mikey has anxiety which triggers his OCD but despite everything he is going through he is so caring and it was a pleasure reading from his perspective. 

Overall

I really appreciate how respectful the mental health representation in this novel was written. It was not glorified or looked down upon. This book has sparked my interest in reading more books on mental health. I think if you have anxiety you may really relate to this book.

Rating: 4/5


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