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

The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick NessPublisher: Walker Books (August 27th 2015)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 4.5-5 of 5 stars

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.


While expecting this to be good (because people seem to love Patrick Ness), I’m plum surprised by how much I adored this book. This is the book about the non-Chosen Ones. The ones that are just living a normal life, dealing with normal problems, showing us just how unique normal can be .

“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”

The story focuses on Mikey and his friends and family. I love that this story is about normal things like awesome friendships (like seriously great), family relationships (which some were also awesome), teen angst, growing up anxiety, but also that each chapter we also get a little bit of what the Chosen Ones aka the Indie Kids are doing.

The characters definitely make this book. I’m not even sure what is but I just adored Mikey Mitchell, with his OCD and his love for his sisters and his friends and even when he’s a little petty and not your perfect hero/protagonist. Than there’s Jared, Mikey’s best friends since forever. They’re totally made for each other and despite the little ups and downs, they set some high standards for awesome friends. There’s Mel, Mikey’s sister, who is recovering from anorexia, and there’s a great sibling relationship, They know how to take care of each other. And then add in clever little Meredith (the third Mitchell) and it’s an overflow of family adorableness. Oh and there’s Henna, to round out the friendship foursome. She’s interesting but she kind of frustrated me. There was this odd friendzone/love interest thing going on with Mikey that I didn’t super care for but it’s good growing pains.

I like that the background is full of the stereotypical normally epic front story, we get a tease of what the Chosen Ones are doing from the point of view of the “ones who just live here”. It’s an interesting universe where paranormal things happen but not everyone necessarily believe it.  It’s a fun satire of all things epic YA.

Even my mom, carrying Meredith, found us in what turned out to be our second stampede of the month.

“Should we take her seriously?” she asked.

“We really should.” Mel said, dragging her along.

Overall it was a book that knows how to bring out the emotions, that know how to be relatable, that deals with tougher issues like mental health but still knows how to be entertaining and fun. This was my first Patrick Ness and I really enjoyed his writing style, the story sucked me in and flew through the book. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a great book that shows us just how extraordinary ordinary can be.

“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.”

{Thanks to Walker Books & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.


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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness”

  1. It’s great how you address this book as Satire, I kind of missed that whole part of the book when I was reading it. I was a bit frustrated about Mikey and his OCD and stuff like that, although there were a few parts of it that was endearing, like his growing feelings for his best friend and stuff like that. Lovely review!

    1. Ah yeah, I could see how that could be frustrating! I just really liked Mikey which probably helped a lot. Glad you see found parts endearing (:
      Thanks, Jeann!

  2. Stunning review Cyn. I enjoy Ness and agree with your perspective on his writing. So happy you enjoyed this

    1. Thanks, Kim!
      This was my first Ness, but it definitely won’t be my last (:

  3. I have this book and have been wanting to read it, but after reading your review, I’m REALLY excited! It sounds just like something I love.

    1. Yay! I hope you love it! It was such a fun read (: Only a few more days!

  4. For some reason I thought this was going to me more like a parody, and while some of it does sound like that, sounds like so much more than that, too. And ‘bout time somebody did a story about *whispers* the normal people. Shocker. I have a feeling I’m going to love the characters, because I love the sound of them already, I mean, all different types of relationships and friendships and all the goodness.

    1. That’s what I original thought too! But it was still an awesome book, I think you’ll really enjoy the characters!! The friendships were amazaball!

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