Book Reviews, Young Adult

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

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…

–back cover of The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but I loved it. It’s now probably in my top three favorite books. It was very original and entertaining.

The writing style was highly unique, because of the bits about the “Indie kids” at the beginning of the chapters. The author has a way of drawing you into the story,  making it difficult to put the book down.

The characters were strong and diverse. Mikey was the point of view character, and he struggled with OCD. I thought that this was a very accurate portrayal of what it is. It did not make OCD out to be a quirk or something cute; it showed how much of a struggle it actually is. Mel is his older sister, who struggled with an eating disorder. Again, the author portrayed this in a very accurate way. Jared was Mikey’s best friend and probably my favorite character. He adds to the diversity by being both gay and heavyset. I think he was my favorite, because he is just such a nice guy, and he is worshiped by mountain lions, which is pretty great too. Mikey had a huge crush on Henna, a girl of a different ethnicity. Which such a diverse cast interesting things were bound to happen.

Everything about this book was interesting and well done. I loved how it poked fun at many common tropes, but I love how the story was still so meaningful. I also loved how things ended up being between Mikey and Henna. I won’t say more because of spoilers, but I thought it was perfect. The main plot was great, but the subplots were also strong and interesting.

I would recommend this to pretty much anyone, and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.