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.