By: Patrick Ness
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 27 Aug 2015
ISBN: 9781406331165


Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully asks what if you weren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or what-ever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were 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 might just be the God of mountain lions...

An exceptional novel from the author praised by John Green as "an insanely beautiful writer".


I have read and loved all of Patrick Ness’ books and was excited to receive my preview copy of The Rest of Us Just Live Here. I was promised that it was very different to his previous work and it sure was.

The story is strange (which isn’t new for Patrick Ness). What is different about this story is that Mikey just wants to be normal. He just wants to get through high school and be ordinary.

That can be hard though—he has some OCD tendencies to deal with, as well as an alcoholic father, a senator mother, an older sister recovering from anorexia and a younger one that’s a genius. Normal might not be so easy on the family front!

To make matters worse, his best friend Jared’s touch can heal and the feline world worship him as their God. The next apocalypse is occurring in their town and many indie kids are dying (most of them called Finn) as a result of other-worldly bolts of blue light.

Has Mikey got any chance of an ordinary life?

The relationships in this book, particularly between Mikey and his siblings, were a highlight. The core mes-sage is that what is important in life is who you are on the inside - you don’t have to be on a quest to save the world!

A great read that will best suit 14+ readers.

Reviewed by Rob