The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Review #83)

The Rest of Us Just Live HereToday’s book is The Rest of Us Just Live Here:

Author: Patrick Ness (AKA the Holy God of Writing)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary: 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.

This is one of the current shortlisted Carnegie Books for 2016.

Okay, so Patrick Ness (Basically, my YA King.) is an author of whom a reader can never go wrong. EVER. This book wasn’t my favourite of his – but I loved it. I will rue the day that I hate a book of his.

The book – whilst bizarre – was beautiful. It felt so close to real life. Almost.

Mikey, the main protagonist, was sometimes quite hateable (but to me, who isn’t occasionally annoying?), but mostly, he was great. I loved the way that Ness tackled issues like with Mikey, and Mel, but almost in a humorous way, where we laughed with the characters, not at them.

Jared. The place where Jared was created for this novel, is my idea of Heaven. I need him as a very close friend – the way he cared for Mikey, was insanely amazing.

Ness’ development of characters and plot was spot-on, and I loved the touch of the beginning of the chapters having what ‘normal books’ would have. Also, the small, but noticeable digs at certain traits, or genres of YA books (Vampires, Demigods, Zombies) always managed to make me laugh.

Overall, I really loved this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves either humorous parodies, or big franchises – as it showed me what a truly unique book looks like. (Apparently, it has to have blue pages. 😉 )

 

 

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