Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here is the newest novel from Patrick Ness, the author of The Knife of Letting Go.

All Mikey wants to do is graduate high school. He has nothing to do with the ‘indie kids’ or the school blowing up (not for the first time). Mikey isn’t the ‘chosen one’ and has no desire to be, his problems go as far as trying to work the courage up to ask his friend Henna out.

This novel is not about the ones who fight evil, who save the town, who are considered the heroes. This novel is about the people in the background, living ordinary lives and are uninvolved in whatever horrors the ‘indie kids’ are dealing with.

Each chapter begins with the struggles that the ‘indie kids’ are facing, but the chapters themselves are focused on these background characters. However, instead of being ordinary and trivial, these characters deal with issues that, despite not being a portal of doom opening in the gym, are still important.

This novel deals with relevant issues such as OCD, eating disorders, unrequited love and much more. It proves that a person doesn’t have to be the ‘chosen one’ or fighting evil to be dealing with important things.

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s fun and clever, with a fantastic plotline and wonderful plot twists. I would definitely recommend this book.

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Review: Drop – Kate Everson

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Carla has never lived at the same place for longer than 6 months. Her mothers job has meant that the family has had to move numerous times, meaning that Carla has never been able to truly settle down and make friends in the area. When Carla’s mother finally lands the job of her dreams, the family moves to London, where they’re going to stay for longer than Carla has ever been in one place before.

However, this time, Carla doesn’t want to blend into the background at school. She doesn’t want to be just another student. She sets her eyes on the elusive popular group and is determined to join them. But when she does, she finds out that being popular is not all that it seems.

I enjoyed this novel because it was a painstakingly honest story of how drugs can change a person. It also highlights the dangers of peer pressure in regards to drinking and drugs.

I would recommend this novel to teenagers.