Alyssa’s Reviews – The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (ARC)

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going to be writing an ARC Review for The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness!

DISCLAIMER: I recieved this book kindly from HCC Frenzy, any quotes from the book are not finalized and may not show up in the official book.


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.
Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

Favourite Quote/Section: Chapter 15, Page 216

“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.”


This book showcased the naked truth in growing up, in a beautiful piece of fiction. How anybody could do that? I have NO IDEA. This book was unlike anything I had ever read before, which means a lot, as I have read nearly everything out there. While this book didn’t really have a plot or story line, the main message was clear, yet exactly anything but clear. While Mike is trying to graduate, confess his love to his long time crush, and stay clear of trouble with the indies, Mike faces personal conflicts that everyone has experienced. The family has a background for trouble, mainly his troubled Dad, his sister Melinda (Mel) who has an eating disorder, and Mike who has sever anxiety. On top of all of his priorities and troubles, Mike finds out that his Mother is running for a big job in the government. That’s a lot of things to worry about if you ask me.

One of my favourite parts of this novel was how every single one of the characters was relatable. Whether you had an illness, are gay, or are trying to get away from a Mission trip in a place of war from your parents, there’s something in it for you. The way that Ness made the characters was not something every author could do.

Can we just talk about the paranormal aspects for a second?! They were insane! From lazer blue-eyed cops, to zombie deer that jump over cars, to paranormal Indie kids. And although the paranormal aspect was hard to follow, it added a very interesting touch to the story, one that not everyone would be able to recognize.

Ness truly describes why not being a “Chosen One” may not be so bad afterall. Besides, when you have great friends and family that care and support you, you don’t need to be a Chosen One!

This book was an amazing book, that I would recommend to all. I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

I hope that you enjoyed my review of the novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. The book is in-stores TODAY! So go pick up a copy for yourself, and jump into this spectacular journey!

Thank you again to HCC Frenzy for sending a copy of this book to me for review!

Good Night Book Owls!

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