The Rest of Us Just Live Here: A book review

Patrick Ness is one of those authors that slowly builds up the story to the point where you get emotional because it’s all over the place. I felt that way when I read “A Monster Calls” and this week I read “The Rest of Us Just Live Here.”

This is the kind of book I’ve been waiting for. What goes on in the rest of the town while the heroes are taking care of business?

The story, taking place in Washington State, is the story of a boy, Michael, who has a crush on his best friend, Henna. Throughout the story, strange things happen, like the indie kids dying, zombie dears, car crashes, and blue lights and eyes all over the place. Michael and his friends have no idea what is going on, but they aren’t the heroes in the story.

They just live there.

This book is all about what’s happening behind the scenes in most adventure tales. While the indie kids are fighting the immortals, Michael is trying to speak to the girl he likes. While the indie kids are dying, Michael is studying for finals.

The setup of the book is perfect. The intro blurb at the beginning of each chapter tells you what the hero kids are doing. Like, “Satchel finds Finn laying on the street. She’s afraid to approach him because he might be possessed, but then Dylan comes along and makes her feel more comfortable.” That’s not an actual quote from the book, but it will give you an idea. The summary is of what the chapter should be about, but it’s not.

Patrick Ness is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and next on my list of his is “The Knife of Never Letting Go.” I hear it’s suspenseful and fantastic. I was also warned not to look ahead while I read.

I can’t wait!

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