Review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


“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.”

I was initially drawn into this book by the somewhat unusual direction it took.  It’s set in a world where there is a Chosen One (or multiple Chosen Ones) and a paranormal battle, but it’s about everyone else just trying to live their everyday lives with their traditional problems.  It’s kind of poking fun at those stories but Ness has managed to make even the ‘Indie Kids’ seem normal – somewhat.  In fact Ness managed to make me sympathise with these ‘Indie Kids’ which I don’t think I’ve ever done before.  I also liked how this book dealt with mental illnesses and how Ness has gone about it.  It’s pretty raw in that regard, at least in my opinion. While reading I made a few notes and I’ll share them below before I get into my afterthoughts on the book.


  • I love how Ness introduces each chapter – a small segment so the reader knows what going on in the ‘other’ story so the events that take place in each chapter to our ‘main’ characters is a bit clearer – despite the fact that our ‘main’ characters don’t know any of it.
  • I love how he’s poking fun at basically every YA Paranormal story out there but also making ALL the characters relatable and realistic.
  • I can really  emotionally relate to Mike, and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.  I think I can somewhat relate to their whole family what with all their ‘issues’.
  • I find myself getting emotional – in a bad way.  Achy way.  Everytime Mike mentions his anxiety, his fears, his ticks (which is part of his OCD).  I think it all hits too close too home.


Okay so most of those points are positive, which makes sense this was a phenomenal book.  As you can see the last two points aren’t so much a positive and that’s because when I read this book I was in a social situation that caused my anxiety to be more prominent and even become worse and I found this book, while emotional, easier to connect with at that time.

“Feelings don’t try to kill you, even the painful ones. Anxiety is a feeling grown too large. A feeling grown aggressive and dangerous. You’re responsible for it’s consequences, you’re responsible for treating it. But Michael, you’re not responsible for causing it. You’re not morally at fault for it. No more than you would be for a tumour.”

This is actually my first Patrick Ness book, I tried to read his series Chaos Walking in high school but I just couldn’t get into the first chapter so I put it down, and honestly I loved this book so much.  I’ve seen a few reviews say this is their least favorite Ness book and that the writing or the execution just wasn’t the same as his others books.  But I loved this book, it was relatable, funny, emotional, raw, it was paranormal as I’ve never read it and while I wish there was a more conclusive conclusion to the story I’m so happy with where it ended.  It was a perfect ending to me for this story.  Which is strange because normally I prefer a romance story where there is a HEA at the end and I know everything is rainbows and unicorns in the couple’s future.  This is probably the first standalone I’ve read in quite a few years that doesn’t fit into that description.

I actually really want to re-read this book (I probably will in 2016) there is so much I no longer remember and that makes me sad. (It was no fault of the author I read this book on I think the 12th of November and I’m writing this review on the 2nd of December).

“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 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.”


Have YOU read The Rest Of Us Just Live Here?

What did YOU think of it?

“Sometimes you need things rather than just thoughts.”

Goodreads: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Amazon US: Kindle

Amazon AU: Kindle

The Book Depository: Hardcover #1

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The Book Depository: Hardcover #2 Signed 

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