The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Title : The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author :
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ISBN : 1406331163
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 317

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


The Rest of Us Just Live Here Reviews


  • Emily May

    2 1 2 stars.Here s one thing for certain Patrick Ness is a total Buffy fanboy Or possibly he hated it, but either way he paid enough attention to seemingly frame an entire book around the concept of The Chosen One and specifically Xander s quote from season 7 They ll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn t chosen To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it This is a book about the people in the background The ones who aren t indie kids with names l 2 1 2 stars.Here s one thing for certain Patrick Ness is a total Buffy fanboy Or possibly he hated it, but either way he paid enough attention to seemingly frame an entire book around the concept of The Chosen One and specifically Xander s quote from season 7 They ll never know how tough it is, Dawnie, to be the one who isn t chosen To live so near to the spotlight and never step in it This is a book about the people in the background The ones who aren t indie kids with names like Satchel and Finn The ones who do not get chosen, never discover their secret powers, never fall in love with a vampire, and neither save nor destroy the world.Each chapter opens with a short synopsis on what the indie kids are doing Whether they ve opened a supernatural portal, been contacted by immortals, or died From these small paragraphs emerges a humourous parody of The Chosen One genre, before the chapter continues on with the everyday lives, loves, anxieties and mental health of the not chosen.It s a clever and interesting concept, and yet I was in love with the idea of it than the actual execution If I wanted to sum this book up in a single sentence, I would say Ness wrote a book about the boring, everyday kids and it was kind of boring and everyday I wish that wasn t the case, I really do Especially because I generally love everything Ness writes But, if I m being honest, by far the strongest parts of this book were the small paragraphs at the start of each chapter.Not that the normal kids are without sensationalism not at all Their lives are filled with eating disorders, OCD, car crashes, absent parents and unrequited love But, even though the book is well written on a technical level, I did not find their stories very compelling, or the characters themselves particularly interesting Ness has succeeded in writing a book about people who do not stand out at all I m already forgetting about them.I feel like credit should always be given where it s due, though, and I will say that Ness has written a fantastically diverse book, in all senses of diverse I applaud him for doing so And I also applaud him for being one of the few YA authors to write sophisticated fiction that will make teenagers think and take them to places they can t get from the mainstream bestsellers.I will continue to be excited when I see Ness has an upcoming release, but this one didn t quite do it for me.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I was a bit disappointed with this book I found myself comparing it to A MONSTER CALLS, which I know I shouldn t have, because they re completely opposite books from tone to message At the same time though this book offered up different things that I enjoyed We have an excellent diverse cast of characters the story itself was rather unique It s just that something about it fell flat for me I still need time to gather my thoughts, but expect a video review soon

  • Raeleen Lemay

    There were definitely elements of this that I enjoyed, like the diverse set of characters and the way it was poking fun at Chosen One stories, but the whole thing fell pretty flat for me I love Patrick Ness s other books, but this one didn t really do anything for me.

  • karen

    I wonder what was going on last night With the lights She shrugs Probably some apocalypse the problem with writing a book like More Than This is that you then have to write a book after More Than This and i was a little apprehensive about this one my copy has this cover which makes it look almost like a middle grade book, and i was concerned that it wouldn t live up to the mind shattering acrobatic metafiction that was More Than This.and it doesn t nothing ever will.but that doesn t mea I wonder what was going on last night With the lights She shrugs Probably some apocalypse the problem with writing a book like More Than This is that you then have to write a book after More Than This and i was a little apprehensive about this one my copy has this cover which makes it look almost like a middle grade book, and i was concerned that it wouldn t live up to the mind shattering acrobatic metafiction that was More Than This.and it doesn t nothing ever will.but that doesn t mean this isn t a great book all on its own this book plays with the literary convention of the chosen one, those who are set apart from their peers and tasked with a responsibility no less than that of saving the world and they wrestle with this burden and forgo having a normal adolescent life because they are the only ones who can do what needs to be done and they fight evil and deputize their friends in the struggle and still manage to pass their math tests.this book is not about the chosen ones.this book is about the blurry kids in the background of the wide angle shots the ones who are just hurrying to class.it s about these people they attend the same school as the chosen ones, and they witness the horrors that seem to follow the indie kids around, but they are uninvolved in their exploits, in their occasional demises on the sidelines, all they can do is remark is that They better not blow up the high school again the trials of the indie kids open each chapter, with a brief synopsis of what is going on in their struggle while the book itself is primarily concerned with bringing the blurry kids into the spotlight to show that, yeah, there s a portal of doom opening in the gymnasium, but other things are happening in what would ordinarily be the background, and those struggles are every bit as challenging as the ones centered around the portal people have eating disorders, OCD, distant or absent parents, unrequited love, car accidents and these things matter 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 All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway it s a great blend of fantasy and contemporary fiction, as the separate storylines overlap and commingle jealousy and zombie deer, the alzheimer s of a beloved grandmother and strange blue glows, bickering and bombs, prom and portals there s a little cheating, since one of the normal kids is also a descendant of the goddess of cats and has a couple of powers of his own, but for the most part, the problems are familiar ones, and they are dealt with in mortal ways.being a long time lover of cheesy teen horror movies, and having finally caved last year and watched buffy, there were plenty of nods, references, and allusions to the chosen one genre that i really appreciated, but i appreciated even ness little reversals Now you re sure we re not going to be ritualistically murdered Prom night Group of diverse teens Remote cabin That s not the story that s happening, Mel says to him We re not the kind of people that story happens to it s a fun, clever book, and while it s no More Than This, it s way than it appears an rare unfortunate decision on ness part, IMHO well, he hasn t failed me yet.and the God of mountain lions even if that s just a figure of speech, i m sold

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)

    Really enjoyed this I liked how it poked fun at the Chosen One trope, and we see quite a diverse set of characters.

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    This is my first Ness book, and maybe I picked the wrong book.Don t get me wrong This book wasn t bad bad, not in a way that would make me rant and rage about how awful it is It just wasn t to my taste His writing style doesn t connect with me The book was weird, and, dare I say it before a legion of Ness fans with pitchforks descend upon me, really boring.I just don t get it Again, not my style I prefer excitement, a definable plot, well written emotions and interactions, and this book wa This is my first Ness book, and maybe I picked the wrong book.Don t get me wrong This book wasn t bad bad, not in a way that would make me rant and rage about how awful it is It just wasn t to my taste His writing style doesn t connect with me The book was weird, and, dare I say it before a legion of Ness fans with pitchforks descend upon me, really boring.I just don t get it Again, not my style I prefer excitement, a definable plot, well written emotions and interactions, and this book was a lot of strangeness and too much dialogue and characters I couldn t connect to.I like my books with a purpose, and I suppose the esteemed Patrick Ness style is just not for me

  • Lola  Reviewer

    I AM IN COMPLETE DENIAL.No way this book was written by the one and only Patrick Ness.That was some real crappy romance Of all the romances in the world, this one really sucked Bland Clich Tedious Uninteresting Unexciting Sleep inducing.

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader

    Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world Most people just have to live their lives the best they can If there s a word that would best describe author, Patrick Ness, it would be ingenious True, the story may not have the most adventurous plot but the premise sure is brilliant and completely original I have personally never thought about the side characters, the ordinary people watching Katniss and Peeta fight for their lives in the hellish arena or the kid watching Spiderm Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world Most people just have to live their lives the best they can If there s a word that would best describe author, Patrick Ness, it would be ingenious True, the story may not have the most adventurous plot but the premise sure is brilliant and completely original I have personally never thought about the side characters, the ordinary people watching Katniss and Peeta fight for their lives in the hellish arena or the kid watching Spiderman fight the bully at the school hall I doubt anyone has ever thought about them, like really thought of them until Patrick Ness.This creative story is inventively about a group of teenage non heroes, the none Indie kids who try to just live their ordinary lives in a small town where zombies, soul eating ghosts and vampires are daily ordinary occurrences and where the Indie kids die off one after the other but which isn t a huge deal because the non heroes are not really affected, unless they become one of the casualties At first, I found the story kind of weird and confusing because of the unique structure with a small side story about the Indie kids at the start of each chapter, but not long after when I finally got the hang of it , I started to really enjoy it because the writing is surprisingly easy and funny to read The lack of action in the plot makes perfect sense because the focus of the story is the personal struggle of the individual characters who may not have been chosen as heroes but who are still heroes of their own lives I was surprised at the amount of social issues that were effectively tackled in the novel despite the light and comic tone I was also impressed at the fullness of the development of the characters despite the relatively few pages for a sort of apocalyptic novel and satisfied at the conclusion that would make this standalone contemporary slight apocalyptic novel one of a kind Lastly, I learned from the Author s Note that the author auctioned off the chance to have the winner s name in the book for a Red Cross fund raising project to help the countless victims of typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines in 2013 , I think I officially love Patrick Ness now 3Thanks to Will s excellent review that made me read the book Do check out Neil s awesome review too

  • Darth J

    So, since this got a bunch of good reviews, I decided to pick this up Just my luck that Target would have autographed first editions of it The basic premise of this book is that the main characters here are the background players in everything else The funny thing is that this story, while YA, makes fun of YA tropes and bloated subgenres like vampires or demigods or immortals and kids dying beautifully of cancer That s the whole joke about this book is that it s poking fun at how airheaded So, since this got a bunch of good reviews, I decided to pick this up Just my luck that Target would have autographed first editions of it The basic premise of this book is that the main characters here are the background players in everything else The funny thing is that this story, while YA, makes fun of YA tropes and bloated subgenres like vampires or demigods or immortals and kids dying beautifully of cancer That s the whole joke about this book is that it s poking fun at how airheaded YA culture can be sometimes, how teens can mindlessly go after the next big thing and turn it into a plague that destroys their brain cells while parents pretend it isn t happening.It s as if the camera were to pan away from Bella and Edward and start following Anna Kendrick and all of the other nobody characters but without all of the tryhardness of IRL Anna Kendrick that gets really obnoxious The Rest of Us Just Live Here is about the people who have to watch from the sidelines and are never part of the larger story, which is probably why this book is very popular it speaks to all the people who weren t popular in school

  • Kai

    We re just as screwed up and brave and false and loyal and wrong and right as anyone else A boy with the simple wish to finish school, and maybe even kiss the girl he s been in love with forever If it just weren t for all those strange things happening sudden blue lights in the sky, animals coming back to life and the popular kids always playing heroes.3.5 5 starsWhat a refreshing and funny concept for a novel As always it took me a while to get into it The first few pages, the many charact We re just as screwed up and brave and false and loyal and wrong and right as anyone else A boy with the simple wish to finish school, and maybe even kiss the girl he s been in love with forever If it just weren t for all those strange things happening sudden blue lights in the sky, animals coming back to life and the popular kids always playing heroes.3.5 5 starsWhat a refreshing and funny concept for a novel As always it took me a while to get into it The first few pages, the many characters and all the tiny side comments that you don t understand yet , because you don t know anything about the characters so far.It was weird, beautiful, confusing and so many other things There s no denying that Patrick Ness is one of the best writers of our time.Find of my books on Instagram