5/100 Books: THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE

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THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness

What the heck is it about? Here’s the Goodreads summary:

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.

My rating: 10/5 stars

But wait, you say, you can’t award a book more than 5 stars on a 5-star system! Sorry, I can’t hear you over how much I loved this book.

This is the sort of book that lingers after you finish, the kind that makes you annoy your friends until they finally agree to read it, not knowing they’re falling into your trap and if they do read it, they’ll be stuck listening to you talk about it for a solid year until you get it out of your system.

Why is this book so amazing? It’s funny, and it’s brutal, and it’s honest and real and ridiculous. It doesn’t flinch away from mental illness, and it doesn’t further the harmful notion that the family you’re born into is somehow significant by virtue of blood only. For the characters, the family they choose is stronger than the family random luck stuck them with. It doesn’t forgive terrible parents because they’re “doing their best.”

Add to that the fast-paced, engaging plot and characters you can’t help but fall in love with, and it’s a 10/5-star book. Go see for yourself!

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