The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
About: 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.
Ofilia’s Thoughts: There were some things I really loved about this book. I love that the little blurbs at the beginning of each chapter actually tell a whole other epic story about teens with powers embroiled in a battle of good vs. evil. I love the interesting characters Ness creates: a kid that is half cat God, a sassy baby sister, a smart teen with missionary parents. I think my problem stems with Mikey, the main character. I didn’t find him particularly compelling, which is the entire basis of his neurosis. He believes he is the least important or interesting member of his group and it haunts him. Unfortunately, he kind of proves this to be true by the way he acts. There are a lot of issues brought up in this book and it feels like the story may have suffered a bit because of it. I wish the story had focused more on some of those interesting key characters and not tried to delve into so many issues. Despite this, I think the interesting circumstances and key characters are worth the read.
Reviewed by Ofilia