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Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

07/07/2017

Ever wondered what it would be like to be the “Chosen One” in some of the books you read? What it’s like to be the one who saves the world? Or what happens to the kids who aren’t defeating the (insert mystical creature here) invasion and blowing up the school? The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is all about what it’s like to be the average kids in stories about the extraordinary. As it turns out, their stories are just as interesting as the Katniss Everdeens and Harry Potters of the world.

Patrick Ness’s newest book pokes fun at the classic teenage hero story, and tells the narrative through a perspective we rarely get to see. What happens to the kids who aren't ditching school to save the town? This book follows the struggles and triumphs of Mikey Mitchell and how his friends and family handle growing up and graduating high school, while the “indie” kids of their class try to stop the end of the world… again.

 

Sometimes the battles we fight in our own personal lives are equally as important, transformative, and difficult as the battles being fought in the world around us. Or the battles being fought against aliens, vampires, and soul sucking ghosts for that matter.

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here teaches us that we can still be heros in our own regards, even if we aren’t in love with vampires or fighting fallen angels. I loved this book for its wonderfully average and (actually) relatable characters, realistic love interests, and comic relief. I think you will too!

 

Check out some of Patrick Ness's other books this summer too! A Monster Calls is a short read that will probably make you cry, and stick with you for years to come. Like The Matrix? Try More Than This for a good old sci fi story with lots of twists and turns.

 

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