The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

byPatrick Ness

Paperback | September 27, 2016

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Six starred reviews!

A bold and irreverent YA novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable, The Rest of Just Live Here is from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy.

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 worshipped by mountain lions.

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Cooperative Children’s Book Center CCBC Choice * Michael Printz Award shortlist * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * VOYA Perfect Ten * NYPL Top Ten Best Books of the Year for Teens * Chicago Public Library Best Teen Books of the Year * Publishers Marketplace Buzz Books * ABC Best Books for Children * Bank Street Best Books List

Patrick Ness is the author of eight novels and a short story collection. His young adult novels include the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than This, and Monsters of Men, which won the Carnegie Medal. A Monster Calls won the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and the Carnegie Medal. He taught creative writing at Oxford University and i...
Title:The Rest of Us Just Live HereFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062403176

ISBN - 13:9780062403179


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted more than I got This book has literally one of the best concepts I've ever heard of, but I found myself super disappointed by the execution. It just wasn't my style and seemed to drag on in so many places. For the most part, it ended up not being as memorable of a book as I hoped.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I loved the concept for this book and I really liked the mental health messages in it. It was a bit slow at parts, but overall I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It wasn't my style! This book was not really my thing. I liked the powerful mental health message, but thought that it left me with many questions. If you like ironic fantasy books then go ahead, this book may be for you.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its aite got mad boring near the middle on god. deadass couldnt even finish the whole thing kmt. had a good 37 pages left ya feel.
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The concept of this book itself makes it worth the read. The main characters are secondary characters, going to prove that while some novels create an image of splendor, simply existing is nothing to scoff at, even as it applies to a plot.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this book i enjoyed this book from beginning to end, from its characters to the story line. i liked the fact that they didn't pull most of the focus on the things happening to the "main" characters, pretty much the magic of the book. the characters are well constructed, and show people with mental illness (in this case, OCD) in more than the idealised light. also, it showed a side of people that's pretty much only allowed to be explored with villains: the mean side. in most books, authors sometimes seem to forget that even the heroes of their stories are human (if they are in fact, human). Humans get angry, humans get frustrated and most importantly, they can be selfish. this book shows that.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good It was pretty much what I expected, just less exciting
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book About Mental Illness This book was nothing like I expected it to be, and I'm so glad for that. It talked about anxiety in the most perfect way, and I can't recommend it enough to anyone who, like me, suffers from it. And also to everyone who doesn't, to get a different perspective about it. I just really really loved this book. The only reason why I'm not giving it a 5 stars is because I'm trying to be more strict with my five star ratings, and I DID like More Than This, also by Patrick Ness, more than The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Still, I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really liked it really good book, but not my favourite of patrick ness's books
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Have Been Better The premise of the book was so promising but the story was fairly disappointing. There was so much that Patrick Ness could have done with such an interesting idea. I enjoyed Patrick Ness' other books so this was quite a let down for me.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It's definetly different! Throughout this entire book I kept wondering what the actual conflict was. I was expecting there to be some main scene with a major conflict but it never stood out to me, leaving me to feel that the entire book was just one plot line instead of a plot graph. However, I still enjoyed this read as it was enjoyable. If you like Patrick Ness this is still a good read.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Two Thumbs Up I enjoy Patrick Ness's writing in general and really enjoyed the "finding the extraordinary in the ordinary" concept of this novel. I felt it had a lot of metaphorical references and any literary academic would greatly appreciate this novel and its attention to symbols and details. Excellent.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 336 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 1 The Rest of Us Just Live Here had such an interesting concept; what happens to the regular people while the chosen ones are off destroying buildings in order to save the world? However, there are two major problems with The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Firstly, this interesting concept is really poorly executed, and secondly, there is a reason no one writes books about the everyday lives of your average person. I think Patrick Ness learned early in the writing process that a book about average people would be really boring. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is written with virtually only half of the first chapter following the concept detailed in the blurb. Instead of a book about the average kids, we get a book about the average kids obsessing over the chosen ones. One of the average kids isn’t even an average kid. The entire idea this book hinged on was basically thrown away after a few chapters. Mikey is also one the biggest unreliable narrators I have ever read about. He repeatedly tells the reader that he is selecting what he tells us, which doesn’t impress me for two reasons. One, Mikey has some form of OCD, so this is just lazy mental illness representation, as Mikey completely leaves out what goes through his brain when he experiences his “loops” as he calls them, and two, Mikey comes off as not the nicest person, which makes me concerned about what he left out. The best element of this book were the snippets detailing what the “indie kids” were doing, and frankly, they weren’t very interesting. Fantastic, it’s poking fun at the stereotypical YA book, but I don’t even really see the type of books it’s making fun of anymore. In fact, there has been a distinct lack of paranormal fantasy books set in the modern world of late. Maybe I’m just good at avoiding them, but paranormal fantasy tends to stick to fantasy settings now. YA books have evolved a fair bit from the Twilights and The Mortal Instruments of ten years ago. Overall, The Rest of Us Just Live Here had an interesting concept, but it was poorly executed, earning it 1 star out of 5.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow at first, but worth it This book is off to a slow start, but once you get used to the slow pace of it it's really worth the read!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel Not my favourite work from Patrick Ness, but it's still a great read if you like his writing style.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like it This is the first Patrick Ness book I have read and I like it more than I expected. Great characters and witty dialogs. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a slice of life story with some unexpected twists.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good book with a very unique idea
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This! What a perfect book. I loved the characters and found the plot especially original. Loved this!!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope I didn't feel connected to the characters at all. Although the OCD insertion was interesting, I could have done without this. This was the first Patrick Ness book I read but fortunately carried on with others than are superior to this.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was not disappointed This is the first Patrick Ness book of mine and will not be the last. I loved his writing style, it was so interesting and different. Overall a great read!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story Read this a few weeks ago, absolutely beautiful. Lines and phrases are constantly sticking with me and popping up in my mind. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good coming of age story.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Concept This is my first Patrick Ness book, and I really enjoyed it! My favourite thing about it was the description of the "Indie Kids" plot line at the beginning of each chapter, and the fact that everyone is well aware that odd things happen to those kids in town, but that everyone else has to live their normal lives with their own struggles along the way. Ness explores a diverse set of characters that each bring something new to the table, even if it seems a bit "crazy".
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable. Doesn't live up to the other works I've read by him, but it was still fun. I was tickled by the premise and I wanted it to be a little more exciting but unfortunately, it ended up being a little bland. I really liked the little winks to Buffy and the other pop culture references but the characters weren't memorable enough to carry the story.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Patrick Ness! My favourite Patrick Ness book by far, it just felt like my perfect genre; contemporary but with a fantastical element that didn't overtake the character-driven nature of the narrative. I'm obsessed with this.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Love Patrick Ness, love all his other books, this one was no different. (I loved it)
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neat concept I thought the concept of this book was clever! How the other kids live their lives when the special kids are saving their school/town/LIFE in general. Easy read if you're looking for a Patrick Ness fix in between novels.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting I enjoyed the book, but I don't feel like it's Patrick Ness' best work. I do think it has an interesting concept, and I enjoyed the whole subplot at the beginning of each chapter with the "indie kids"; it's just that I've seen better from this author. I'm not saying I hate the book, I just wouldn't sell my soul to Patrick Ness over it because he's done better.
Date published: 2016-11-05

Editorial Reviews

“Hilarious! And so, so clever. All the characters are beautifully drawn. This is one smart, warm book, both entertaining and thought-provoking.”