The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, 2015.
Edition: 1st edition.
ISBN: 9780062403162
Characteristics: 317 pages 21.5 cm

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JCLBeckyC Mar 15, 2018

I could totally relate to Mikey, the narrator of this spoof on teen paranormal romances. He fights his internal demons as the cooler indie kids fight the Immortals who are legit trying to blow up their high school. Again. Mikey doesn't have time to join the indie kids' battle as he struggles with his own family, his friends, his anxiety and his remarkable self-loathing. But don't worry: this is a fun read. That it's also insightful and thoughtful makes it even better.

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lenethren
Feb 08, 2018

It's not as interesting as I had hoped. The writing style is a bit weird and not to my taste, the author uses too many descriptions in brackets which would've worked fine without, the characters are bland and single dimensional, and the plot is boring.
I was hoping for some depth, but this book had none.

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RebelBelle13
Jan 21, 2018

DNF'd (Did not finish) at page 50. There's a reason why novels aren't typically centered around the non-special, generic kids in the background. It's boring. The special ones are running around fighting bad guys, causing explosions, and dying or killing off zombies, and we're stuck reading about Mikey who has OCD and washes his hands 100 times in a row. Thrilling stuff. Ness tries to tick off every diversity box he can here- POC, OCD, Anorexia, absent single mother, gay friend, questioning and bisexual behavior. There's nothing inherently wrong with any of this, mind you. The fact that this is now being included in YA contemporary novels is fantastic. However, when you try to cram every single one in to appeal to as many people as possible, it gets to be too much. This was too boring, too frustrating and just not what I was looking for. Hard pass.

sarag1 Jul 09, 2017

Wow. I've found a new favorite (not like that is a rare occurrence if we are being honest here ;)).
This book was so insightful. As I read it I was kind of flabbergasted with the constant depth and variety this book managed to give over while at the same time being funny, interesting, and satisfying.
The entire concept of The Rest Of Us Just Live Here-- not the heroes, but the Muggles, the rest of the world. It was such a unique take on it. I absolutely loved reading in detail the struggles of Mikey and his gang, while having the side-a-long drama of Satchel. I actually had to put my book down to FREAK at the plot twist delivered to the Indies. And then Cat God... oh MY GOD IT WAS SO GOOD.
Reading about Mikey's OCD was an experience I rarely get in reading. Ness managed to recreate Doerr's feel of incapitation from the protagonist's blindness. Here, Patrick Ness gave us such a feel of an OCD life, I felt suffocated reading it. I had to put the book down, force myself to BREATHE, because I couldn't while reading. The loop, the loop, the loop. the horrible cycle. I could completely relate to Mikey, so ANGRY at himself for washing his hands again, crying when he realized it's starting again and again and again. I think anyone who reads this book will relate to Mikey because as absurd as this whole book is, with Vampires and Gods and Zombies and Soul-Sucking-Ghosts and Demon Deer and Policemen, this book still remained so very very real. You read it and relish in the feeling of relativity as Mikey worries that he is the least wanted in the group, the least needed. Who can't relate to that?

One issue, it was slightly too predictable. The entire Nathan-Henna-Mikey-Jared drama wasn't enjoyable to read simply because it was obvious and made Mikey look stupid.
And if I had to pick my least-favorite of the protagonists, it would be without a blink, Henna. She uses people in her own way, she isn't LIKABLE. Sorry.

Otherwise, this has been such a fantastic read.
Thank you Mr. Ness, for gracing the universe with this stellar book.

NearlyBaird Feb 19, 2017

Patrick Ness always has such original ideas. I loved the concept of telling the story of ordinary teenagers, the ones usually in the background, that aren't in the chosen one's posse to save the world. I kept thinking of all the kids that went to school with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was really well done. And even though there were fantastical elements, the characters and the narrator felt real and flawed and interesting and relatable. So light and easy to read. Wouldn't say it was one of my favourites but enjoyable and definitely above average for me.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 14, 2017

A strange yet self-aware young adult fiction novel, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness follows those who are not "The Chosen Ones", meant to fight the monsters that threaten their small town. Although it has a surprisingly accurate depiction of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, it's self-awareness doesn't save it from its poor characterization (mainly of the protagonist Mikey, who often comes off as more jealous than in love with his friend, Henna) too much exposition in the writing, and a generally banal plot. If you are a large fan of paranormal/sci-fi books, then The Rest Of Us Just Live Here is worth a try.
- @reallylikesmusicals of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

JCLChrisK Nov 19, 2016

This has the skin of a satire, with the story beneath an empathetic exploration of everyday insecurity and anxiety. The satire is about being one of the "normal" teens in school with the heroic teens fighting off supernatural threats. The exploration is about learning to deal with all of the "normal" challenges that come with being a person: friendship & family, relationships & love, and changing life circumstances.

Mikey and his best friends are in their last month of high school, anticipating graduation, college, and life without each other. He sees time slipping away to finally act on his unstated feelings for Henna, wonders what Jared isn't telling him, and worries protectively about his sister Mel. He worries not only about the strange blue lights that have been killing the town's "indie kids" lately, but also about pressure from his politician mother, lack of pressure from his alcoholic father, and what will happen to little sister Meredith after he and Mel move out. And then there's the new kid who seems to be pushing his way into their little group, potentially undermining all of their familiar dynamics. Who needs vampires, ghosts, and immortals when you are having enough trouble figuring out where you stand with all of your relationships, including the one with yourself?

Highly relatable with enough humor to keep it from getting too heavy.

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ckapadia
Oct 19, 2016

I thought this was one of the best books I've read in a while. You know when you read fanfiction that doesn't include any primary characters, and sure they see weird stuff is happening, maybe have a run-in or two, but mostly concern themselves with the day to day "normal" people things? That's how this book is. I didn't know when reading it that the author also wrote fantasy books, but he clearly has the formula down, and works it in pretty seamlessly. The main characters have plenty to deal with anyway, and I really appreciated the way this book handled characters with mental health issues.

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Mahrukh_0
Oct 06, 2016

Yeah --

Totally not the book you're expecting. I've never had to put down a book and walk away from it - this book, not only could I not willfully read it, I couldn't even force myself to finish the last 100 or so pages. There are some parts that you think, this isn't so bad. And then Bam, it's back to being weird and confusing and meh. It is confusing - the whole concept of indie kids? Whatever.
Patrick ness is still awesome!

Read the Chaos Walking Tril 5 years ago, and it's still with my . Those books deserve 4 - 5 stars, this one, maybe .5?

CMLReads_Kristin Oct 01, 2016

A humorous look at the lives of teens who live at the fringes of a typical teen paranormal romance story. A fun concept!

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mvkramer Feb 23, 2016

Sexual Content: Non-explicit references to consensual sex and masturbation.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Nov 28, 2015

"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 the things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly."
-p. 216

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