‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’ – April’s Pill

‘The Rest of Us Just Live Here’, a novel by Patrick Ness is february-march-april’s pill. Yup, it took me that long to get myself to read it. I loved it, don’t get me wrong, but there was something about being utterly lost in words and movies and TV Shows that would basically make me so lazy that it’d end up to never reading for days and when doing so, reading half of the book. If I actually think about it, I’ve read the whole thing in four sittings. Not less, not more. It’s the type of book that makes you love every single character in its own way and that you get all the answers to before even asking the questions (which is incredible after watching Pretty Little Liars for five years). I’ve found myself wanting to highlight phrases, if not paragraphs, but never doing so cause it’s not my book.

Backstory to how I actually got to read this. My best friend, Mel, reads loads of books. In time phrases, like me, but she’s definitely read hundreds of them. Her favourite is ‘More Than This’ by Patrick Ness as well. I’ve tried to read it, even bought it. Tried is a key word here because I’ve never gotten further than half of it and either way, the only reason to why I got that far is because I made myself read and re-read sentences. It’s her favourite book and we do this – read, watch movies and TV Shows and talk about it. She’s told me about this one too, but being Patrick Ness’s masterpiece and on how ‘easily’ I read that one, I’ve been trying to put it off for a while. ( Side-note : Don’t get me wrong, ‘More Than This’ is incredibly beautifully written and intelligent, but just the same as with Game of Thrones, which I’m quite literally obsessed with, my focus wasn’t there. ) Fast forward to January, when I was preaching around class about The Manifesto, a classmate, Anna, asked me whether I’d give it to her to read and she’d give me something too. So we switched, and she gave me this one. I’m not even kidding when I say that for the most part, I was lost. It kind of starts as if you know what’s happening already, and as if you were in on it from the start of these character’s lives. But you catch up and everything’s explained quite fast. It’s intriguing. Giving no spoilers, I’ll say something about the plot, in my own, characteristic way.

Ok. So you know the heroes to every story. The ones who are born and meant to save the world. The ones who are always caught up in-between classes and trying to keep everyone alive. These are, in this story, the indie kids. But the cool thing is, this whole novel isn’t focused on them. It’s focused on their classmates. Specifically, one group of senior in high school, who only want to stay away from the world saving and graduate without anything mortal happening to them. You’re introduced to their problems, such as anxiety and anorexia and pretty serious stuff, while in the beginning of every chapter, there’s a really short paragraph to what’s happening to the indie kids. One line that I absolutely love that’s on the short description of this novel is ‘sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life’. Mikey, our small town protagonist, just wants to gather up the courage and ask Henna out, the girl he’s been in love with since they were kids. And he’s planning to do that before they go and blow up the school. Again.

That’s all you’ll get from me on this novel. Well… That and my favourite quotes. There’s mainly two of them, but that’s just cause I was smart enough to only want to write anything I found beautiful in the last 50 pages.

“We’re each other’s questions, aren’t we? […] I kept thinking, in another life, if I made different choices, it could be you and me instead.” & “Everything’s always the ending. But everything’s always the beginning too.”

‘The rest of us just live here’, a novel that explains why friendship is important. That makes you understand that if you’re helping your loved ones in their hard times, you might as well have saved the world. Multiple times. Simplicity is a great deal and sometimes it comes with a ‘Let’s go to the movies tonight’ or a text message at the right time. So to you, if you’re craving to be a hero, don’t forget to start with the people you care about, not the world. Find the extraordinary in your ordinary.

Keep readin’ and gimme some suggestions if you have them!

Xo, Maya

 

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