Release Date: October 6, 2015
A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
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. (Goodreads)
Mikey and his friends are used to being on the sidelines, watching the “indie kids” fight the good fight against supernatural enemies, but never really getting involved. It doesn’t affect them, so they usually just shrug and get on with their lives.
Mikey and friends are supposed to be the normal ones, but they’re not your typical teens. Mikey struggles with OCD, his sister Mel is a recovering anorexic, his best friend Jared is a gay teen worshipped by mountain lions, and his sister’s best friend Henna is his not-so-secret crush.
Each chapter starts with a small excerpt of what the indie kids are up to, then we go back to Mikey and friends. Loved how they were all there for each other! You may not be able to pick your family, but they did a great job of picking their friends!
They may not have to worry about saving the world but, being teenagers, they have their own struggles. For instance, Mikey really wants to let Henna know how he feels before it’s too late. And Jared is dealing with not having a boyfriend, plus the whole being worshipped by cats thing. You know, typical teen drama.
Have to say that I really loved this book and couldn’t put it down! It reminded me a little of Redshirts by John Scalzi in that it had sort of a wink, wink, nudge, nudge aspect to the story. Love an author with a sense of humor!
This story had great writing, interesting characters, a fun premise, and a well-paced plot. While this was my first Patrick Ness book, it won’t be my last!
Did I mention that I LOVED this book?