Patrick Ness’s newest novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It’s exactly what the Young Adult genre needs, a satire on its beloved “chosen one” obsession. We all know of a character that falls into this genre, whether it be Harry Potter, Tris Prior, or some other hero. I personally hold nothing against this trope, besides the fact I think it’s worn out and overused. However, I know others may still love it, and that’s great, but if you’re a little sick of it like me, this book is for you.
My biggest fear with The Rest of Us Just Live Here was that, because it is about normal, boring characters, it would be a normal boring book. But luckily, the normal kids aren’t without their sensationalism, with everything from OCD to unrequited love. It’s also refreshing to see The Rest of Us Just Live Here have a truly diverse cast, in every sense of the meaning. It features many people, from a not-totally-out-yet LGBTQ character, multiple people of color, kids with eating disorders, and many with mental illnesses.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here follows two stories; the first being the story of the “chosen ones” or the "indie kids” as Ness jokingly refers to them. The second storyline follows the kids who are just… well, in the background. With this, Ness hilariously makes fun of the hipster, possibly magic, kids like Katniss Everdeen, Hazel Grace, and even Bella Swan (or Beau as she’s known in Stephanie Meyer’s newest).
With easy wit and a quick tempo Patrick Ness’s newest is one that can’t be missed by comedy fans and Young Adult fans alike. Plus- it has an absolutely fantastic cover!