Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here


Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Read: 22nd September 2015
Genre: Young Adult, YA, fantasy, contemporary, science fiction


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.


Mikey lives in a small town where paranormal things happen. His best friend Jared is descendent from a god and the school he attends got blown up a few years ago. The first time we meet him and his sister and their friends, they’re out studying and they happen to be the last people to see  a indie kid called Finn, who runs into the forest and gets torn apart by a blue light.

But that sort of stuff doesn’t happen to them. They aren’t the indie kids, the ones with odd names and quirky fashion sense. Mikey is a politician’s son, who’s dad drinks a lot and who’s older sister died for four minutes. He works at a diner and

and he wants to go to prom. He doesn’t want the school to blow up, he doesn’t want to loose his best friend to the gods and he doesn’t want his sister to loose herself in anorexia again.

A story told from the perspective of a normal teenage boy who just has to deal with is life at home and at school, with the paranormal that’s going on around him not really affecting his life, this is a truly refreshing read and I am so glad to have picked it up.


I think that if you liked Jenny Han’s books or Morgan Matson’s types of books, you’ll like this. I haven’t read any of Patrick Ness’s other books but after reading this, I most definitely will have to.


I have given this book a 4/5🌟



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