Saturday, 25 June 2016

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

We’ve all read those books about unlucky towns that seem to keep narrowly missing out on being destroyed by monsters and aliens, only to be saved just in time some hero with a dark past or supernatural ability. Books where it relies on just one person (or group of kids) to repeatedly save the day, sacrificing their lives (or at least their social lives) for the sake of the people around them.

Well this isn’t that book. This is a book about some of the other kids who live in that town. It’s about the kids who go to school with the heroes. Who know what’s going on around them, but realize that it isn’t their job to intervene. But don’t let that fool you. They might not be fighting off aliens or defeating vampires, but their lives take an interesting twist of their own.

Whether it’s dealing with a mother who is more interested in her career than her family, learning to cope with a mental illness, or trying to get one of your best friends to fall in love with you, this book definitely seems to have something for everyone. I couldn’t put it down, and I consider it one of the best books I’ve read all year.

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