It’s fair to say that The Rest of Us Just Live Here has been a pretty hyped up book this year. Not only is Patrick Ness a fantastic author, but he’s also written a book that doesn’t focus on The Chosen One. Mikey and his group of friends just want to graduate high school and go to prom. They have their own problems to deal with such as anxiety, OCD and eating disorders so zombies, ghosts and the end of the world are the last thing they want/need to worry about.
One of my favourite things about The Rest of Us Just Live Here was the little snippet at the beginning of each chapter that focuses on The Chosen One and the indie kids and their fight against this year’s big-bad, and the little humour sneaked in there about YA tropes.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here wasn’t as groundbreaking and amazing as I thought it would be, but it was interesting enough that I wanted to read on, and Patrick Ness undeniably has a talent for writing, especially writing such a diverse cast of characters with their own issues. Thinking back, not much actually happened but it was still entertaining enough that I wanted to read on. I guess what I’m saying is that The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a book that doesn’t have a chosen one that has no faults and who has the fate of the world on their shoulders – they’re normal teens with real-life issues in a less than normal town.
I’ll definitely be picking up more Patrick Ness in the future.