Book Review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

I never thought I would fangirl over an author, but Patrick Ness ticks all the right boxes. There`s something very beautiful about his prose, the way he manages to give the most simplistic words meaning. I came across Patrick`s books recently but instantly fell in love with his writing. If you want to hear me gush about his work more, check out my review on A Monster Calls. Anyways, back to today`s review. While "The Rest Of Us Just Live Here" did not have the same emotional impact as the aforementioned book, it was still an enjoyable read. I ended up giving it 4 stars on Goodreads, for a variety of reasons.
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness

I think that one of the biggest mistakes that people make when they read this book is to compare it to "A Monster Calls." I`m not going to lie, at the beginning of the book I was expecting the same lyrical prose as well. But this book is witty and sarcastic, poking fun at the Chosen One trope. It has a different message and therefore a different writing style. It may not be as hauntingly beautiful as "A Monster Calls", but it`s still ingenious and well written.

The novel focuses on the background kids, the ones that were not chosen for a higher purpose. And while their life might be ordinary, it`s certainly not simple. They struggle with OCD, bulimia, unrequited love and difficult parent relationships. A lot of the times authors write diverse characters just for the sake of diversity, but that`s not the case with this book. Blame it on Ness` writing, but everything flows together perfectly.

The story is narrated by Mike, a teenager whose OCD threatens to take over his life. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to know more about mental health issues. Mike`s struggle feels real, even though it`s not central to the story. Throughout the book, Mike constantly feels like a failure, damaged goods that everybody treats cautiously. And I could totally relate to that. Maybe Mike wasn`t an easy to love or memorable character, but he was extremely relatable. When we are young, we often feel out of place and battling mental illness only accentuates our loneliness.

The main reason why I gave this book 4 stars is that I loved the concept, but not necessarily the execution. Although Mike was a relatable character, I did miss an emotional connection. I can`t really pinpoint why, maybe I just found the other characters more compelling. Nevertheless, a brilliant concept and a story I highly enjoyed. I will finish this review with my favourite quote from the book because I do think it conveys an important message.

"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 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."






10 comments :

  1. I loooove Patrick Ness so will definitely be purchasing this, thanks for a wonderful review!

    Marbl☾☽Moon

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    1. Everything he touches is magical.You should definitely check out this book.

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  2. The book sounds awesome, I love it when you fall in love with an author and like each one of their books. Too many times I've been disappointed by authors books after reading their previous work which I loved!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. So far I`ve loved everything I read. I still need to get to the Chaos Walking Trilogy, but I am sure I will love it as well.

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  3. I haven't read any of hi books, but witty and sarcastic is right up my alley. :D

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    1. He`s an amazing writer. Can`t wait to read his next book!

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  4. I can join you in fangirling over Patrick Ness. He's been one of my favourites since I read The Knife of Never Letting Go. I enjoyed this one too, though I get what you mean about the emotional connection

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    1. Patrick Ness is the best. He`s also extremely hilarious on Twitter. I still need to read The Chaos Walking Trilogy, I think I`ll get to it by Autumn.

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