Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary/Fantasy
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date published: October 6th 2015
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 317
Time: 6 hours

Rating: 3/5

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.


I really loved the premise of the story; The Rest of Us Just Live Here is essentially a story that focuses on the lived of the supporting characters rather than the main characters.

The setting is quite unique since it’s kind of a contemporary high school setting ingrained with fantastical elements of the occasional vampires, immortal realms, and demigods.

Each chapter begins with the summary of what the main plot should be while the chapter essentially follows the crew, Mike, Mel, Jasper and Hannah as they try to get through the last few weeks before finally being able to graduate high school. It isn’t easy now that the indie kids have suddenly attracted evil spirits to the town. As the indie kids (the main protagonists) take on the evil creatures, Mike and his crew try to live out the final weeks without getting involved. After all, the rest of them just live there.

It was an enjoyable audiobook to listen to, only took 3 hours of my time. The characters weren’t that dwelled into given the length of the book. Ness did try to approach the topic of Mike’s OCD or Mel’s eating disorders, but I felt like it wasn’t encompassed very thoroughly. Nevertheless, I thought it was a nice read about friendship and graduation and growing up; I read this the summer right after my own graduation so it felt pretty sentimental.

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