Books abound regarding those special kids meant to save the world. Witches, wizards, warriors, and more. But what about the ordinary kids without special powers? The ones just trying to make it through the day, through the year, in life? Patrick Ness has addressed this lack of coverage in the genre with his book, The Rest of Us Just Live Here (affiliate link).
“Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can.”
With plenty of geeky references to various cult classics, Ness has addressed what it is to be normal or ordinary – which is that everyone is dealing with their own proverbial demons and problems. Being a teen isn’t carefree, as much as adults may like to pretend and reminisce. There are big problems, many of which are created by parents and society.
“We’re just as screwed up and brave and false and loyal and wrong and right as anyone else.”
Ness also faces critical issues, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and eating disorders head on and with compassion and understanding. He provides a diverse cast of characters, seamlessly incorporating much needed representation. It is a light book with some heavy themes woven in, to give some brevity for those kids just trying to live their lives.