“Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing the 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
I started listening to the audio book of The Rest of Us Just Live Here without knowing anything about it. I knew the author, and I had heard the title but other than that it was a complete mystery to me.
I was interested enough to finish the book, but if I’m honest I’m finding it hard to remember everything that happened without notes. As I recall the book followed kids that were on the outside of the action that you find in a regular YA story. They are the background characters that rarely get a mention in dystopias and fantasies. It follows main character Mikey, who is going through his high school life like any other teenager in a world where they aren’t the ‘Chosen One’.
One thing in particular that I loved about this book was that at the beginning of every chapter there was a little description of what was happening to the ‘indie kids’ at that particular point in the story. I found it fascinating to be made aware of what could have been(and in any other circumstance would have been) the main plot line of the story.
Aside from the cleverness of Patrick Ness’ writing a novel poking fun at traditional and somewhat over-saturated YA tropes, this story was bland, I didn’t particularly enjoy the character dynamics.
I feel that if I had read this as a 17 or 18 year old I could have enjoyed it more. Further, if I had read it physically rather than listening to it via audio book I feel as though I may have been slightly more attached to the main characters.
Overall, I enjoyed the premise and the book I felt hit the mark with what it set out to achieve. For this reason I gave it a 3 star rating. What could have made it half a star to one star higher was more in depth character dynamics.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys story lines similar to that of Buffy but are interested in what life is like for those outside the action.