Thursday, September 24, 2015

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

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication: August 27th 2015 by Walker

Genre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary ~ Paranormal
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Rating: 5/5

Review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.


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.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here was my first Patrick Ness book and let me tell you, it was brilliant. I absolutely loved everything about it!

You know all those books about "The Chosen Ones", who save everyone all the time? Well, this story is about the ones that aren't The Chosen Ones. I just thought this was an incredible concenpt.

This story is about Mikey. He's just a normal guy, dealing with OCD, graduating high school and unrequited love.
I really liked this story because it was diverse, featured a character struggling with OCD who in the end decided to deal with it himself, even though he had other "options".

This book is great for YA fans as well as fantasy fans because it has a bit of both in it. In fact, every chapter had a paragraph featuring what the indie kids (a.k.a. The Chosen Ones) are going through, but this isn't what the main story is about, it's YA contemporary at heart. And I loved it all!

       About the Author:

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Patrick Ness, an award-winning novelist, has written for England’s Radio 4 and Sunday Telegraph and is a literary critic for The Guardian. He has written many books, including the Chaos Walking Trilogy, The Crash of Hennington, Topics About Which I Know Nothing, and A Monster Calls.

He has won numerous awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and the Costa Children’s Book Award. Born in Virginia, he currently lives in London.


  1. This will be my first *official* Patrick Ness read as well (since I attempted to read The Knife of Never Letting Go but never got into it), and I'm so stoked! I'm a huge fan of both fantasy and contemporary, and it'd be nice to get a mix of the two. Plus I didn't know the MC had OCD!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  2. This was sooo awesome. :)

  3. this was my first read from him too, what made me pick up the book was that unique concept, for once it wasn't about the chocen ones and yes absolutely loved it!

  4. I have heard AHMAZING things about Patrick Ness's books but still have to read this one for myself which I do have! I love the sound of this one being about the not chosen ones because no one ever does that, and I am sure they have a tale to tell as well!


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