The Rest of Us Just Live Here
By: Patrick Ness
Available August 2015
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 worshiped by mountain lions.
This Blonde’s Review:
We always hear the story from the view of the heroes, like Buffy and the gang. What about the kids who go to the same school but have nothing to do with the big monsters and crazy explosions, they just want to enjoy high school and hope their school doesn’t blow up again.
This is a book about the other kids. We still get an idea of what is going on with the kids who save the world thanks to a little blurb at the start of each chapter. We get to see what it is like for those other kids. We get to see what it’s like to have a crush on a girl and then almost get taken out by zombie deer, and we get to see the way he struggles when his half god best friend starts to pull away. Luckily they aren’t the target for the ones ending the world this time so hopefully they manage to keep from getting taken out as collateral damage.
I liked this one more than I expected to. The main characters aren’t perfect, they’re dealing with serious issues like OCD and anorexia, and they’re trying to get by in a world that seems to be on the brink of destruction more than the adults seem to want to acknowledge. Mikey just wants to get the courage to ask the girl he likes to go with him to the dance. He wants his best friend to stop keeping secrets, and he wants to get by without having to go to counseling anymore. And if he can keep his sister on track and not deal with his parents any more than necessary that would make everything even better.
If you enjoy reading books from the other side of the story, the side of the invisible background characters then this one will be right up your alley. And if you like characters who struggle to manage the day to day stuff, who want to stay away from the drama of saving the world, then you’ll enjoy Mikey and his friends.