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The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness

TITLE: The rest of us just live here
WRITTEN BY: Patrick Ness
PAGES: 343
HOW I GOT IT: bookdepository
VERSION I READ: paperback
GENRE: young adult, mental illnes, contemporary, teen, scifi.

(PLOT by GR) 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. Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

REVIEW: All right, this book has a unique plot and a bunch of good reviews but my expectations were still pretty low.. I mean what is gonna say a story about those background characters on the big stories? But it was Patrick Ness and my curiosity won on me (again) and I haven’t regret it!
BLESS PATRICK NESS! He’s a genius and it’s a pity that we don’t have any books of him in ITALIAN, what’s wrong with you? It’s not my first Ness book: I’ve already loved ‘A monters calls’ and I’ve enjoyed ‘More than this’.
Ness has this ability to tell a simple story and make it complex: the reader becomes a page-turner and when he/she reached the last page remains even more confusing as when he started the book.
Ness’s books cannot be explained who just have to read them and LIVE THEM.

What’s great about this story is that everybody knows about the paranormal but decides to ignore it. Nobody is helping the chosen ones because they’re all busy with their personal problems. Mikey, the main character, has facing an OCD problem that has been reported in a really good way. (Not Holly Bourne remarkable way, but still it’s good having Mental Healt Issue representation on a book).
The characters won’t stay away from the paranormal for the entire story: sooner or later it’s gonna catch them.

WHAT I LIKE: ✔ I loved the fact that everybody know about the paranormal. As a Teen Wolf fan: when too many inexplicable things happen in your world, you start to believe in the paranormal but decide to ignore it.
✔ The reader knows (a little bit) what’s happening to the indie kids: every chapter is preceded by few sentences about the chosen ones.

WHAT I DON’T LIKE: ✖ They’re too much CHOSEN ONES, I mean I grew up with Buffy and there is only a Chosen ONE (ONE, get it?); the other chosen ones becomes ONE only when the previous ONE is dead.

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