REVIEW: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness

4/5


"It was beautiful and amazing and so hot I've pretty much jerked off to it every day since (shut up, you would, too.)"

Patrick Ness aka one of the best children's and YA authors ever released a new book in summer last year and rightfully so everyone went mental. In fact, people are still going crazy for it almost a year later.

So first off I feel so bad that it took me this long to get around to reading The Rest Of Us Just Live Here. I've been so excited for it for months, well ever since I read More Than This which was a long long time ago.

You might know Patrick Ness from the Chaos Walking trilogy which was hugely famous. I prefer his YA works because while they're still quite silly and fantastical in parts, they're really relatable.

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here reminded me of The Perks Of Being A Wallflower in the best way possible. Like Charlie, Mikey is an award teenage narrator discovering girls, graduating and leaving his friends behind. It picks up on the huge YA topic of the unknown future, of the separation of a friendship group and the uncertainty of how this might break the perfect present. Patrick Ness is also a really witty writer, he just says it how it is. After Mikey has sex with someone he really fancies, he thinks, "It was beautiful and amazing and so hot I've pretty much jerked off to it every day since (shut up, you would, too.)" That crudeness and chattiness gives the book real life.

The structure of the story is great too. At the start of each chapter it explains what's happening in the "main plot" and then you read what happens to the "background characters" - the ones who just live there. It's really interesting take on a novel means that the fantasy element of the story isn't the main point of it.

So if you're thinking of reading The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, I suggest you do! You can get a copy right here.

Love, Jess

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