Author(s): Patrick Ness
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
Shortlisted for "The Bookseller" YA Book Prize 2016 and Carnegie Medal 2016.
What if you weren't the Chosen One? The one supposed to fight the Zombies or the soul eating ghosts? What if you have problems bigger than the end of the world, and just want to graduate and go to prom? This is a novel about ordinary kids, their hopes, dreams and relationships, while the indies kids run around saving humanity in the background. Ness is a writer who always surprises and this won't disappoint. I greatly enjoyed the subversion of YA tropes - the chapter descriptions are a particular delight - but the warmth of the relationships stood out for me: siblings, friends and lovers. Smart, funny and original. Don't miss it. Fiona Noble The Bookseller -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller This book is so excellent. So beautiful. So honest and so painful ... Ultimately, The Rest of Us is a story of the hope, fear, anxiety and uncertainty that comes with the end of childhood and the trepidation that comes with stepping into the life of adulthood. It condenses the pressures that young people feel at this stage of their life - both from the outside and from the inside, and weaves this sense of melancholy into the very bones of the words it uses. It also portrays mental illness in a blunt, honest and painful way that helps to break up stigmas and stereotypes. OCD is not liking your books in alphabetical order - it's a dangerous and debilitating disease. In this way, as well others, Ness has created a diversity in his characters that so many books still beg for, and certainly that the community is crying out for. -- Shinra Alpha Shinra Alpha I thoroughly enjoyed The Rest of Us Just Live Here as it truly tapped into the minds of all these individual voices and showed us how it can feel to be lost amongst people. -- SisterSpooky SisterSpooky This is Ness at his best. -- Marilyn Brocclehurst The Bookseller A new Patrick Ness novel is always an event and this smart, funny book is a highlight of the year for me. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller This is a brave, refreshing multi-layered novel from an award-winning author. -- Carousel Carousel If you're getting tired of the romantic tropes and general Chosen One vibes coming from YA books, then you'll love The Rest of Us Just Live Here. It provides a great tongue-in-cheek commentary to many popular series, but in a way that even fans like me can appreciate and enjoy. The cast is well-written and diverse. Not everything is tied up at the end, but in life it never is. I'd normally recommend a book 'for fans of', but I can't think of another book quite like this - I'm going to be throwing it at any and every person I come across who expresses a vague interest in reading. And all the others, too. I'm just going to recommend it to everyone, okay? It was an ambitious idea, but it was funny and angsty and heartwarming and I absolutely loved it. The Guardian Online The characters of Mikey and his friends are so well drawn that we are fundamentally not that interested in the otherworldly goings-on of the Indie kids, but that, of course, is the point of the story [...] This is a thoroughly satisfying read, and is highly recommended. -- Amanda Bell Inis Funny, smart, perceptive and original, this is a book about the extraordinary in the every day, and why all of our lives matter. The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide Fantastically witty, poignant, painful and very witty. Bath Magazine Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre's power to reveal truths, particularly about teenage lives [...] Original, funny, true, it can only be Patrick Ness. -- Andrea Reece Love Reading 4 Kids Once the book had finished I just felt myself gasping for more of Ness's writing [...] as soon as you get your hands on it, I urge you to read this book. Try it, and you might just find one of the best books of the year. -- Young Reviewer The Guardian Online The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a brilliantly constructed novel that is intelligently and straightforwardly written with humour, wit and a tremendous amount of heart. I wish I had Mikey around to look up to when I was teenager rather than vampires or goblin-fighters. Lonsome Reader It is a book that succeeds in being simultaneously provocative, entertaining and witty, while exhibiting a profound and empathetic understanding of the phenomenon often too casually referred to as "growing up". -- Robert Dunbar Irish Times This isn't a story about Chosen Ones. This is a story about Average Ones. And it's simply beautiful [...] Ness writes with a wit and insight that means you grow to love these characters - faults and all - rather than being emotionally blackmailed into loving them. SFX Magazine With incredible writing, captivating characters and a storyline that's a joy from the first page to the last, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a compelling read that deserves to be another massive hit for Ness. -- Cara Fielder We Love This Book Ness' latest novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, does not disappoint; bold and well written, it provides plenty to think about, even though all the most urgent action is deliberately placed out of sight and off the page. -- Nicholas Tucker The Independent This is a clever, witty, and warm celebration of the battle to survive adolescence. -- Sally Morris The Daily Mail I really enjoyed reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Yes, it is another one of those high school coming-of-age novels, but this time coming from a fresh perspective. Powerful, beautifully written and laced with humour, this is a definite must-read for any fan of YA fiction - particularly those that fancy something a little bit different. -- Julia Mitchell Inquire Ness handles weighty issues with tender humour and concern that stops this book from becoming an intense novel of teen angst. With incredible writing, captivating characters and a storyline that's a joy from the first page to the last, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a compelling read that deserves to be another massive hit for Ness. -- Cara Fielder We Love This Book Carnegie medal-winning Ness brilliantly inverts the tropes of dystopian teen drama [...] so the ordinary ones - Mikey and his friends - are the ones whose stories grip you. Beautifully written and searingly truthful, it is full of love, fear and understanding. Evening Express Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a dystopian adventure that mocks dystopian adventures while acknowledging the genre's power to reveal truths, particularly about teenage lives [...] Original, funny, true, it can only be Patrick Ness. -- Andrea Reece Lovereading 4 Kids Written with warmth and intelligence, this wonderful coming-of-age story has everything you could want: adventure, mystery, love, humour, friendship, supernatural activity... Inis Reading Guide Just as with More Than This and his acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, Ness shows he's a master at creating nuanced, rounded male protagonists and captivating tales with realistic young characters. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is an excellent addition to his canon. The List I'm really excited about this! It's one of those rare books that I miss now I'm not reading it [...] The characters are also enviably brilliant and unique. They feel like real people: flawed, lovely, annoying and likeable. Even the minor characters feel well-developed, like each of them has a story worth telling [...] This is a moving, unique book that I'd recommend to absolutely everyone! YA Under My Skin A smart, funny and moving must-read! Absolutely Dulwich ...the enjoyment in the story comes from Ness' facility with character, action and, particularly, dialogue. We are presented with characters and situations that we have seen in one form or another in many novels and films for young people and the author consistently draws our attention to it. Nevertheless, this accomplished and intriguing novel is entirely convincing in itself. Books for Keeps ...one clear frontrunner amongst the new fiction titles is Patrick Ness' novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Lyrical prose, a tightly woven tale and fascinating ideas combine to make this powerful story one that lingers in the mind long after the final page has been turned [...] Sharp, funny and thoughtful in its unusual approach, it's a book to savour through the long evenings. Ham & High The story combines pathos with slick and funny dialogue, genuine suspense and moving relationships. i (The Independent) The story combines pathos with funny dialogue, genuine suspense (that dead deer is especially creepy) and moving relationships. There are more positive role models than you can shake a stick at and if it all gets a bit mushy by the end, at least the world, even when the school explodes, is not some dystopian nightmare. The Independent The beauty of this fast-paced, funny and light-hearted novel is that in slightly shifting the spotlight away from the Chosen Ones, the expected heroes, the obvious saviours, Ness makes a critical comment on our anxiety of being forgotten and our desire for life to have meaning. It's an anxiety and desire we all feel from time to time, but something that will resonate especially strongly with teen readers. The Scotsman Daring, beautifully written, full of ideas that will bring the reader up short [...] Original, funny, true, it can only be Patrick Ness. Absolutely Dulwich A new Patrick Ness novel is always a cause for celebration, but this one is also a delightful surprise - a witty send-up of all those YA novels, films and cult TV classics where a group of teenagers battle alien invasions, angels, demons, vampires, zombies and the like and save the world of course. [...] This life affirming novel is Ness at his best. The School Librarian What if you aren't born to be a hero? [...] From this acclaimed author, you can be certain that the answer is right out of the ordinary. Families This is a clever, enjoyable take on the high school movie [...] Readers will love the smart, Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esque dialogue and whip-fast pace. Literary Review I was bowled over by Ness's brilliant ability to create characters the reader can care about and identify with. Although they live in a fantasy world, these teenagers have lives beset with genuine teen age anxieties (OCD, unrequited love, sexual confusion, difficult and/or overbearing parents, anorexia, jealousy), and it is this especially which makes The Rest Of Us Just Live Here such a rewarding read. Armadillo Magazine The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness is guaranteed to entertain and fascinate as it plays with and pokes fun at trends and conventions in young adult fiction (vampires, demons, paranormal activity) while showcasing the outwardly uneventful lives of those usually cast as background characters in the average fantasy high-school tale. [...] As in When I Was Me, eventually it all implodes, and then it makes brilliant sense. The Observer I thought that this book started with a really interesting premise because usually in a book like this you follow the action heroes and not the bystanders. This meant that reading it was far better because it's difficult to relate to someone who's slaying vampires whereas someone who has OCD and is dealing with homework issues is far easier to understand. -- Reader Review Teen Titles
Patrick Ness is the award-winning and best-selling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls and More Than This. John Green has described him as "an insanely beautiful writer". He has won every major prize in children's fiction, including the Carnegie Medal twice. He's written the film of A Monster Calls as well, out 2016. He lives in London.