Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
A new YA novel from Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
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.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here was actually the first Patrick Ness book I read. The premise sounded amazing, and it’s what drew me to this book in the first place, but I can say now I’ve read more of his books The Rest of Us Just Live Here is not the best of the best. It’s still a great book though; Mikey, Jared, Henna and Mel may not be the Chosen Ones, destined to fight against these strange blue lights and save the world, but the issues they face are still important and still challenging for them to overcome.
“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 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.”
You can check out my review for The Rest of Us Just Live Here here.
What did you think of The Rest of Us Just Live Here? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.