Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Pan Macmillan (April 2015)
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...
This was one of those books that made me feel guilty just by looking at it. I received my copy as a gift from Pan Macmillan a few years ago and I was so reluctant to read it. And not for the reasons you are thinking!
My copy is this gorgeous hardback edition with blue-lined pages. The best part is that it's actually signed. It is one of only three books I own signed by international authors and I really didn't want to hurt it in any way by reading it. But I am also cheap and wasn't willing to spend the money on a second copy either.
So, on a whim, I decided to finally read it and I am so glad I did.
Before I get into detail, I just want to put it out there that you should take the Goodreads reviews of this book with a pinch of salt. I think a lot of fans went into it with big expectations because of Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy.
This is a quiet, unassuming read. It's very character-driven and might be percieved as slow if you are not into that kind of thing and prefer your reads more action-packed. Although, there is plenty of action, it just takes place on the sidelines, which is the whole point.
If you enjoy a John Green or a Becky Albertelli, give this one a try. You will love all the characters!