Jaime Reviews ~ The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

By Patrick Ness
Published on October 6, 2015
Published by Walker Books
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
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.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

The Rest of Just Lives Here was...

 The ULTIMATE Non-Hero story, ever! The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the perfect title for this story about a group of friends who are just normal, never the Chosen Ones. They are average kids, with terrible home lives, good home lives, great grades and average grades. But there is nothing special about them.... Or maybe, they are the most special of all...

 One of my favorite aspects of this story is that we basically get two stories in one. At the beginning of each chapter, we get a short snippet of the lives of the Indie Kids. You  know, the special ones that always end up saving the town from the demons, vampires, etc. The Chosen Ones. They have names like Finn and Satchel, and dress in cool hipster clothes. This go around, Satchel is the Hero Indie Kid who has to save the town... again. And Mikey and his friends are just hoping that Indie's don't blow up the high school (again) before graduation (again). These little snippets were really short paragraphs, sometimes two, that were just low-downs of the major happenings in town. I love that you don't know if this is truly going on in town, or maybe it is only happening in someones head?! It is a very interesting and compelling aspect of the story, and I enjoyed them, every time!
 After the Indie snippets, we get back to the lives of Mikey and his sisters and two best friends. Mikey was a teenage boy, unsure of who is or where he is going in life. He is always caught up in his sisters lives, and his best friends lives. He is always trying to be there for them, but he always feels like he is the one that is not needed. That the rest of them could live without him, but he couldn't live without them. He almost lost his oldest sister to anorexia, and they are trying to make sure their baby sister has love and support. He is in love with his sisters best friend, but too scared to tell her. And his best friend Jared is a descendant of a God, and has magical healing powers, and a serious way with cats. A new boy comes into town, an ex-Indie kid, and Mikey starts to feel like his world is falling apart. How will he handle it when in a few short weeks graduation will be here, and he is not sure of his place with his "family" anymore?

 More than anything, this story is a coming of age story. It is about growing pains, learning who you are as a teen, and who you will allow yourself to become. It is about learning to accept yourself AS YOU ARE, and finding your value. It is about growing up, and just how hard it can be. But also just how amazing it can be. Sure there is some cool, silly fantasy thrown in, but the heart of the story is realizing that you are special, whether you are a Chosen One or not. And in the end, everyone is someones Chosen One! Well, this is what the book was for me, at least! And I loved it that way. Every single minute of it.
 Patrick Ness isn't your typical YA writer. He is a unique and intriguing talent, and the more that I read from him the more I want to keep reading from him. I would absolutely recommend this book to you, no matter your age. It is just a good one to read, y'all!

 Thank you once again to Around the World ARC Tours. Y'all rock, as always! 

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