MP!er Holly shares her thoughts on Patrick Ness’s ‘The Rest Of Us Just Live Here’.

If you’re looking for your next favourite read, then you may have just found it.

Patrick Ness, author of the award-winning ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy, never seems to stop. Having won every major award in children’s fiction there is, and being described as an “insanely beautiful writer” by none other than YA royalty John Green, there seems to be no slowing this lit powerhouse down.

MP!er Holly applied through our You Review section & got a totally free copy of ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ in order for an honest review. Let’s see what she thought shall we?

HollyName: Holly

Age: 16

Had you read any of Patrick Ness’s books before? If not, would you consider reading more of what he’s written? This was my first Patrick Ness book. As a book blogger, Patrick Ness’ books are always appearing in my eye line. That being said, none of his other titles appeal to me, so I probably won’t be reading anything else by him.

What do you think of the title ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’? I LOVE the title. It basically just summarises the opinions of every non-main character in fiction. You always wonder what happens to all the other pupils in Harry Potter whilst Harry is chasing Voldemort, or when the chaos is going on in Divergent, and the title just felt perfect for the perspective from which we read the story.

The Rest Of UsThe format of the book is quite funny, in that there are 2 stories going on at the same time – the story of Satchel, and the main story: Mikey’s story. What were your thoughts on this? The reason for disliking this is because I didn’t enjoy Satchel’s story and so started skipping those parts at each beginning of chapters. It wasn’t very clear that these two stories were intertwined, and I feel like Satchel’s story needed further developing to actually care about her, and the other indie kids.

Patrick Ness handles lots of big issues in his book, including sexuality and mental health. How do you think he dealt with them?I felt like Ness dealt with both of these topics really well. There was no big coming out, Jared was just gay and everybody accepted it just like that, and I think that’s fantastic. This also covered OCD which I’ve never seen a YA book cover, and the way Mikey was portrayed was sensitively but in a way that provided you with an insight to what it’s like for people suffering with this illness.

Did you have a favourite character? Probably Meredith. She was smart, witty and always kept the family together. I kept forgetting how young she really was.

Rate out of ten? 7/10!

Pre-order ‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ on Amazon now.

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