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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

September 13, 2017

I wanted to love this book. I really tried to love this book. But I really didn't love this book. 

I've seen a lot of reviews that reflect my opinion, that it was just okay. I enjoyed reading it but I didn't find myself thinking about it when I'd put the book down.

The entire premise is that this book follows the people that get caught up in the 'chosen ones' life. That stand at the sidelines watching them fight the vampires. The chosen ones being called 'indie kids' in this book. I finished the book a while ago and I still can't explain what an indie kid really is. Nor do I understand why the other characters seem to hate them so much.

The book is told from the perspective of Mikey who has OCD though its never labelled as such in the book (from what I remember.) He finds himself getting 'stuck in loops' repeating certain behaviours over and over, for example washing his face in a certain order. I appreciated how his friends helped and supported him with his problems. The positive representation of therapy was also why I rated this book higher - his therapist tells him that it isn't his fault that he feels this was and I think that's such a great message to put in a YA book. I love that there was diverse representation in this novel. Mikey with his OCD, he had a sister recovering from Anorexia, POC, gay characters (and possibly bi-sexual.

The best way I can describe this novel is if I was watching a vlog of someones life. It was fun but without substance. I would've far preferred a novel that focused solely on Mikey, his issues and his friends. Scrap the 'indie kids' side plot. I think this novel fell short because it was trying to be too clever. It poked fun at the YA genre but at the expense of making a good story. It was a contemporary novel with paranormal elements sprinkled in that were never explained which made the entire thing feel really disjointed. 

Also the romance. God no. Just no. 

This was my first foray into Patrick Ness's work and I don't think it was the best book to start with. 

I do want to read his other work still though. 


Name: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 344

ISBN: 978-1-4063-7403-2

Rating: 3/5

Have you read The Rest of Us Just Live Here?

What did you think? 

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

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