The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


51+g3FwSm0L._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgHi all,

I’ve been pretty MIA on the blog because I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo, but I wanted to make sure I got at least a few posts in. So here’s what I read on the bus en route to NYC last week:

What it’s about: The Rest of Us Just Live Here has a brilliant premise. It follows the lives of the side-characters during a cataclysmic event. You know, the ones who you see running through the streets of New York when aliens attack. The bystanders who aren’t involved in solving the riddles of the ancient runes, but just live next door to the protagonists. The ones who the heroes are saving the earth for.

In this case, those people are four teenagers who are just trying to get through senior year with a passing grade in US History and a hot prom date. And also trying to avoid the creepy supernatural events that seem to be cropping up in town.

Why I liked it: The idea was executed so well. (The chapter headings would say things like, “In which Satchel discovers the immortal amulet with the help of the sensitive and handsome boy Finn”) while the actual story never mentions any of those events or characters. The protagonists were lovable and sympathetic in their normalness. Patrick Ness did a remarkable job integrating relevant teen issues like mental illness, alcoholism, eating disorders, and teen sexuality into a story that is humorously fictional. Totally different from Ness’ Chaos Walking series, this is my favorite book of his so far.

Audience: YA

Read if you liked:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Bream Gives Me Hiccups by Jesse Eisenberg

 

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