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

Published: 2015
By: HarperCollins
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hrs., 23 mins.
ISBN:  9780062421715

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* I had originally started reading this via hard copy, but decided I couldn’t commit to it properly. I also heard good things and wasn’t quite ready to give, and therefore withdrew it in audio format.

** Names might not be written like in the text because I went audio.

Favorite Quote:

“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”
Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Weird things are always happening to the Indie kids. Things that nobody else seems privy to. Things that have often resulted in the high school getting blown up – usually around graduation.

A group of unexciting boring high school seniors are counting down the days until graduation. But lately strange things have been occurring and all they can do is pretend like nothing is happening. Until things start getting personal, kinda.

Vampires. Aliens. Zombies. Gods.

Small-town, USA is going through another series of weird, inexplicable events, and the adults are pretending like nothing is happening. Except the blue streaks of penetrating light from the sky cannot be ignored.

I, personally, am not a big science fiction/fantasy genre-type person, but I thought this year would be a good time to engage in the other side of fiction – or what ever you want to call it. I thought there were some really fun parts, and the characters were living relatively realistic lives:

  • alcoholic parents
  • single parents
  • military family
  • mental health
  • LGBTQ

I’m sure the list could go on, but this is the just of what I’ve decided to list.

This was a really interesting book, although it took be a little bit longer to finish, I enjoyed the ending. A strange happy ending, but it ended on a good note. There were a few lulls, but creepy blued-eyed zombie deer definitely make it more interesting.

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I'm a junior high librarian finding her way into the lives of her students through the art of literature.
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