The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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This. Book. Is. Fantastic.

As many of you may know, The Rest of Us Just Live Here was my most anticipated release of 2015. Unfortunately, I did not actually get it until a few weeks after its release date. I had mixed emotions about reading it after receiving it. What if I hated it? What if it was a terrible book that I spent most of the year swooning over? Luckily the book did not disappoint!

The main complaint I had read on Goodreads about this book was that it lacked action. Going into the story, I had extremely low expectations for it being action-packed because, after all, it is a story about the non-chosen ones.

The story follows a group of seniors as they try to live out their normal lives while the indie kids keep dying. The story is in Mikey’s, a boy who is suffering from OCD and the constant feeling of being the least wanted in his group of friends, point of view. Despite being told from Mikey’s life, we meet his sister, Mel, as well. Jared is another main character in this story who is Mikey’s best friend and possibly the god of cats. Even though I loved all the other characters, I did not like Henna. Henna is Mikey’s love interest who constantly leads him on throughout the story.

The story is told in two different styles: one section of the book is dedicated specifically to humorously talk about the Indie Kids and the other is told from Mikey about his friends. Ness beautifully portrays what it is like to almost be the hero but never make the cut. To stand in the background as others are chosen for leads. Overall, Ness gave me a story that made me feel less alone.

With a beautiful writing style, personal and diverse characters, and a heart-warming story, The Rest of Us Just Live Here will make you fall in love.

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