I have yet to read a Patrick Ness book that has not blown me away. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a poignant and heartfelt book, about a kid named Mikey. Each chapter starts off with a quick summary of what would have happened in the chapter if it was from the perspective of the chosen one of the story. However, this book follows a teenage boy, Mikey, and his friends who have absolutely nothing to do with the exciting paranormal freaky stuff that’s happening. They just happen to live in this town where weird things happen to a certain group of kids and it follows them and how that affects their lives.
Although this book is a fun read Ness manages to incorporate a lot of serious issues into this novel. He tackled multiple issues like depression, anxiety, and OCD. Mikey’s voice is authentic and will appeal to both boys and girls alike.
“Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed.” (Kirkus, starred review)
“Ness’ deadpan sci-fi novel pokes fun at far-fetched futuristic fantasies while emphasizing the important victories of merely living. This memorable, moving, and often hilarious read is sure to be a hit.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Fans of madcap humor and satire and those seeking more thought-provoking alternatives to the usual fare will appreciate this unique and clever take on a familiar trope.” (School Library Journal, starred review)