Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Posted: 19/06/2016 in book reviews, books
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Content warnings: gay relationships, mentions of death, mentions of injury and gore, heterosexual relationships

Pretentious. Bullshit. At the start of *EVERY* chapter. Not even kidding. They all literally started with the words “Chapter the (insert number)” followed with a summation of what would be happening in a “typical” YA novel, particularly those that rely on the chosen one tropes.

There’s the (what feels like at least) token black guy who also happens to be gay and OH! He has this magical healing thing and is a God. There’s the token non white girl. And OH! Her parents are missionary type people. And she is the main character’s best friend and they think they might be good together but aren’t sure so they’re going to experiment and ultimately come up to the decision that they’re better as friends. And then there’s a few others in their friend group as well as a new guy who are all forgettable.

Main character’s parents are a mess. Mum is a politician and dad is an alcoholic. Then there’s twin sister and younger sister. And all 3 children are gifted. Ridiculously gifted. And of course random comments about the twins being ‘screwed up’.

And their entire group with it’s disdain and dislike of ‘the indie kids’. Which comes up a lot because the author doesn’t want you to forget that they think they’re better than the indie kids because they’re never the chosen ones and aren’t constantly dying.

This was the first Patrick Ness book I’ve ever read. It had an interesting premise but it failed to really hook me. And was disappointing to me. Seriously disappointing. I have another of his books on my to-read list and now I’m having second and third thoughts about that. But that’ll be decided at a later date once the memory of this book goes away some.

It could simply be that I didn’t find the ‘humour’ in it. It could just be that the pretentious feeling at the start of the chapters turned me off. But it didn’t work for me. All in all it was kind of ‘meh’.

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