The Rest of Us Just Live Here

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

by Patrick Ness


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Six starred reviews!

A bold and irreverent YA novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable, The Rest of Just Live Here is from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy.

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.

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choice * Michael Printz Award shortlist * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * VOYA Perfect Ten * NYPL Top Ten Best Books of the Year for Teens * Chicago Public Library Best Teen Books of the Year * Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books * ABC Best Books for Children * Bank Street Best Books List

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062403179
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 40,865
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile: HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Patrick Ness is the author of ten novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, A Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, Release, and And The Ocean Was Our Sky. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London.

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could say a lot more than this, but you should read it yourself. Incredible writing. Good portrayal of teens in todays world, not the crappy stuff you read and think 'did some 40 year old watch too much high school drama tv and think any of it was even sorta realistic'. Loved the themes of this book. 1000000% recommend.
tesswhitehurst More than 1 year ago
The book The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a unique and exciting book that is not your regular fantasy fiction book. Every chapter in this book has a short description on how the “Indie Kids”, also known as the Chosen Ones, are doing amazing, extraordinary things to help save the town from extraterrestrial beings. Once the chapter begins, the author does not continue to talk about the interesting lives of the Indie Kids, he discusses an ordinary group of four best friends that live in the same town, but do not interact with the Indie Kids. In the book, the Indie Kids would be like the Avengers and the four friends are the city people you see running on the sidewalks from the monsters. However, the book is not about the Indie Kids, it’s about the ordinary group of friends. The four best friends, the main characters, are, Mikey, Mel, Henna, and Jared. Mikey, who is the protagonist of the story, suffers from OCD and anxiety. The author, Patrick Ness, illustrates how painful it is to go through those problems so others will be able to sympathize with him. Mel went through a stage of anorexia where she was pronounced dead for a few minutes but was brought back to life. As a result of this, she was held back a grade. Mike and Mel live with their drunk father, their hard-headed politician mother, and their young sister Meredith. Henna is a beautiful, black teenager who has strict parents that want to take her away to Africa. Jared is the gay one of the group who can heal wounded living things, mainly cats. His father has always ran against Mike and Mel’s mom in political campaigns. This group of friends noticed that things were changing in their town, but since they are not the Chosen Ones, they were never a part of what the Indie Kids were doing to save it. Instead, they go through their own problems together like car crashes, bombed concerts, and prom night. My favorite character is Mike, because I can relate to the struggles he goes through. Suffering through anxiety is not easy all the time and he shows that by talking about his constant “loops” that he gets stuck in where he repeats something over and over till it gets right. He is also a hopeless romantic who is in love with Henna and wears his heart on his sleeve, which I can also relate to. I did like the book and I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a change in plot because this book provides a nice change. It was not my favorite book because it was confusing for a bit until I realized what the author was doing with the short summaries in the beginning.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: While we devour stories about “chosen ones” and vampires and werewolves and aliens and zombies and wizards and witches and warriors and rebellions and a million other breath-taking tales I’m really glad Ness finally decided to one day peruse this question of “What about everyone else?” and write a fun, incredibly normal story that attempts to answer just that. Ness succeeds in writing a book that is a bit thrilling but in the most normal of ways, romantic but not heart-bursting, sad but not unheard of, exciting but because it’s completely relatable, and beautifully, humanly normal. Read my full review here:
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book was such a unique spin on the whole "teens must save the world from ..." type of story. As the title implies, we get to see what happens with the REST of the teenage population while the chosen ones are off doing whatever they do to make sure the end of the world is averted. I especially loved that most of the characters were "flawed" in some obvious way. It made them more instantly relatable. The chapter titles were amusing and entertaining. And the ending was less "happily ever after" and more a feeling of having closure, but not tied up in a pretty little bow. I definitely recommend this story to a Middle School or High School audience, or those of us adults who enjoy reading YA literature. And if you're not a fan of the paranormal, I think you'd still enjoy this book as the focus is on the normalcy of everyone else.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“The Rest of Us Just Live Here” is one of the most unusual books I have ever read. The beginning of every chapter tells what the “Indie Kids” are up to, which is the stuff typically found in young adult fiction that is not realistic. There were so many lines centering around them that had me laughing I couldn’t even begin to narrow it down to only one example. The real story centers around a group of friends who are just living their normal lives on the outside, not really involved with what’s going on. None of them are “the chosen ones.” All of the characters are well-developed, including the secondary ones, and are going through the typical growing up issues all of us face at one time or another. The group is diverse in almost every way imaginable, and that really adds another level of enjoyment to it all. Most importantly, there are some very important messages hidden within the fun and entertainment. I’ll let you find those out for yourselves. As an aside, there is a wonderful portrayal of OCD found in the main character, Mikey. It isn’t the main focus, but I’m sure many readers will relate. I highly recommend “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” to any older young adult or adult who is looking for a book that is capable of having them shifting between laughter and tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book follows the non-chosen ones in a world where the so called indie kids regularly combat ghosts vqmpires and blow up schools. We look at teens struggling with their own everyday problems. Some of them are touched by indie exploits (one character has a brother tha ran away after the last time vampires showedbup and now only sends an occassional email andalways during the nigt). Beautifully written and compelling celebration of the extraordinary within facing the ordinary.
AvaJae More than 1 year ago
So right from the start I thought the premise of writing about the regular people in a Chosen One story was pretty brilliant—and it turned out even better than I'd hoped. Ness doesn't just play with the Chosen One trope—he pokes fun at sooo many YA stereotypes, from the Chosen Ones having "cool" names, to the ridiculousness of some of the romantic plots, to Chosen One deaths and brave sacrifices, etc. etc. There were a lot of moments that made me actually laugh out loud, and it gave the whole book a really playful tone that I very much appreciated. Then, of course, there's the anxiety rep. The protagonist, Mike, has OCD, and while my anxiety never pushed me into endless loops like his (though I am familiar with loops, and especially familiar with feeling the need to wash my hands "one more time"), there was a lot that felt really familiar and real while I was reading. Doubly so because like Mike, I once worked in a restaurant at the height of my anxiety breakdown and would wash my hands so many times there I'd leave with dry, cracked hands. This is just one example. I took pictures of other lines that really resonated with me, but point is, at least to me, the anxiety rep felt pretty solid. So solid that after the first night of reading I had to put the book down and take a deep breath because it was almost triggering. Of course YMMV, but for me, at least, the representation rang true. So all that said, I really appreciated seeing some real, respectful anxiety/OCD rep on the page. The cast of characters is also super diverse, which was an especially great bonus. All in all, I really enjoyed this one and would totally recommend it to those looking for a fun read with some neuroatypical rep. I will caution, though, that if you're likely to be triggered by vivid anxiety rep, you may want to skip this one or go in with eyes open at least. But now I'm going to have to read more Patrick Ness books because this was excellent. Diversity note: The protagonist, Mike, has OCD. Other prominent characters include his sister, who has an eating disorder (but is in recovery), his friend and love interest who is Black, and his best friend who is gay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was utterly bizarre yet intriguing. There's so much nonchalant magical realism, it took me a while to grasp what was happening. Once I got past that, the story was quite entertaining, albeit dark.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Mikey isn't the chosen one. He's not going to fall in love with a vampire. (It's hard enough just trying to tell Henna how he feels now that she's finally broken up with her boyfriend.) He isn't going to change his name to Finn or Satchel or Kerouac. He isn't going to fight zombies. (Not when he's busy trying to keep his own OCD tendencies under control.) He isn't going to rid the town of ghosts. (Not when the almost-loss of his sister is still so fresh.) Sometimes it's hard being the chosen one. Just ask any of the Indie kids at school. But, as Mikey knows all too well, sometimes it's also hard just being a regular guy trying to make it through senior year and make sense of his life--hopefully before the high school gets blown up. Again. When it feels like every week there's a new impending doom, sometimes the most extraordinary thing to do is live your regular not-chosen-one life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by cats in The Rest of Us Just Live Here (2015) by Patrick Ness. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is Ness' clever send-off of almost every recent supernatural/paranormal trend to have hit YA literature. Remember when everyone was falling in love with vampires? What about the soul eating ghosts? Or way back when the big thing everyone was dealing with was Gods? They all make an appearance in Mikey's town where high schools get blown up more often than kids named Finn end up at the center of a battle for humanity. But none of that is really Mikey's problem because he isn't an indie kid and, as such, it's also not a concern of The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Chapter headings explain the "big" story as indie kids Satchel and Finn (not the dead one, the other one) try to save the world from something . . . weird. Meanwhile this book focuses on Mikey's life in the background of this supernatural drama as he looks toward the end of high school and all of the uncertainty it holds for himself, his best friend Jared, Henna--the girl he thinks he loves, and Mikey's sister Mel. The thing to remember here, is that despite the backdrop of supernatural on every level, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is basically a contemporary story. And a familiar one at that with Mikey's uncertainty about nearly everything except his rock solid bond with his best friends. While the premise of characters doing the best they can on the periphery of a bigger drama seems original, in Ness' hands it feels decidedly trite. Something in the execution of The Rest of Us Just Live Here--with its obvious nods to classic YA like Twilight and TV shows like Buffy--makes this otherwise enjoyable novel feel unoriginal and slight. While not necessarily a bad thing for every reader, it can make it hard to connect with (or even care) about these characters. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is an ideal choice for readers who like their stories a bit zany and their adventures madcap. Recommended for readers suffering from paranormal romance/dystopian adventure fatigue. Possible Pairings: Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer, Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom, Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts, Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, Denton Little's Deathdate by Lance Rubin, All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder, We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach