|Loved this book so much I nearly Tabbed every page
|Title: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
First Published: August 27th 2015
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Review Copy from the lovely Walker Books Australia Team.
Preorder your copy here: TBD (free shipping worldwide)
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.
Before I even begin reviewing this book I’d just like to say, how in the world have I not ever picked up a Patrick Ness book before ? This guy is a literature genius and clearly knows how to create characters that grow on you, because they feel so real, like they exist among the crowd of people in your high school. No clichés within this book, just real emotions. I loved this book and Patrick Ness has officially become an author of automatic book purchases. His writing style is unique and just addictive. That’s probably the reason I read “The Rest Of Us Just Live Here” in one sitting.
“The Rest Of Us Just Live Here” was extraordinary, with it having two stories being told throughout the book.
The main story is of a boy who (presumably) has OCD, with it getting severe as the town gets weird action happening and with his life becoming somewhat complicated. The second story is told in the chapter headings, which is genius. The chapter stories are explain the big story behind everything that is happening whilst the actual book tells the story of the people experiencing the effects from the main complications.
This book was emotionally confronting at times and then it was hilarious and just witty. Mikey, the protagonist of this story, is just a teen among the mess of the supposed ‘end of the world’. At first you think he is clueless about his actual surroundings of the supernatural and paranormal but then he tells you about his friend, Jared, who is the God of Cats. Like WHAT !?!?
It gets super weird the further you read, but that’s the reason why you’ll love it. Mikey’s family situation is absolutely sad and amazing. His sister, Mel, is ‘just like him’ (having something ‘wrong’ with her) having a eating disorder with his little sister, Meredith, being the only ‘sane’ and healthy person. Their sibling bond is incredible. Basically all the characters in this book are pretty awesome. I could basically talk about them forever.
The author, Patrick Ness, had a power over you to finish this book (which I personally cannot figure out where it should be placed in the YA section.) It was sort of mash up between fantasy and contemporary. It’s a refreshing concept in both worlds and that’s probably why I didn’t have the strength within me to put the book down, because it was so good. At first I was like, “This is so weird” but the weirdness of the book was what held my attention, my thoughts and my drive to finish it, wondering where the book was going and how it was going to end.
In the end I loved this book. Like I cannot actually tell you how much I love this book because of its quirkiness and the introduction of so many different concepts, scenes, actions, characters and so on and so on. Outstanding, quirky and just so damn original.