The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
In a world where the extraordinary is ordinary, where does everyone else fit in? How are you supposed to live in a world where you’re so insignificant you can hardly see why any God would choose to have created you in the first place? Or even bothered with the rest of humanity who aren’t special either? Well apart from those special ‘Indie’ kids, I guess the rest of them just live there, struggling hopelessly to have just an ordinary life, in a not so ordinary world.
Not being one of the chosen ones or even normal among the…well normal people, Mikey has to lives in a world where everyday he wakes up feeling insignificant and worthless, with proof of it to boot. With such blatant evidence only Mikey’s friends are able to show him enough reason to stop him from ending the life he sees no point in living. But even among his best friends, Mikey still feels insignificant and unwanted, so how much longer can even the best intentions of his friends fall short.
With the end of year approaching all Mikey wants to do is graduate and go to prom with Henna, preferably before someone goes and blows up his high school…again. Oh and obviously this would only happen if Henna were even to more than just blink in his direction. Not the highest chance of success admittedly but, nothing can stop one from dreaming, or can they? Maybe the idea isn’t to make your life into something it’s not, but to look at it differently, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
AGE RATING: 15+
TEEN RATING: 4.1/5
TEEN OVERVIEW: Really enjoyable read. Very refreshing compared to many of the literacy options available for Young Adults to read and a powerful reminder to us all, that even though not all of us are destined for greatness, that doesn’t mean we can not therefore be, ‘great’. Or even more compelling, that we are already great and simply haven’t fully realised it yet.
TEEN INSIGHT: Ness is one of seven writers to win two Medals (no one has won three) and the second to win both consecutively. Who knows what the future might bring…