sexta-feira, 2 de outubro de 2015

The Rest of Us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness 
Published on October 6, 2015 by Harper Teen
[This book was given to me by the Publisher, in no way it affected my opinion.]

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 worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.
This is my second time reading Patrick Ness and it's pretty obvious won't be the last, his written is one of the most beautiful that I ever read managing to be funny and touching, this creates some great quotes (I highlighted so many passages!) and also makes a quickly read, I picked this one up on an impulse and about 3 AM I was putting it down after finishing.

But, despite I having liked this story it didn't moved me as much as I hoped it would, be clear that my expectations where sky high since "A monster calls" became one of my all time favorites so this book had a lot to fill in, in parts it achieved it but overall I ended up feeling underwhelmed. I enjoyed getting to know Mikey, his family and friends, get to see his insecurities and problems, still I never felt really connected with him. Mikey is passing through some hard stuff and it should have passages that where wrecking emotionally that I just read with a distancing curiosity.

I think one of the reasons to it is because we never truly distance the time line of the chosen ones from the regular people, they are kind of always intertwined (and I think this was exactly the point of the book: dealing with regular life while the world around you blows up) so this book that is already a short one, leaves even less pages to delve deeply into Mikey's story and journey to figuring himself out before college. Maybe the chosen ones where some kind of magical realism to life itself, I mean there is people blowing themselves up right now on the world and we still have to carry on with our lives, dealing with things that in comparison may seem little and insignificant but to us, it's our entire world.

I would recommend this book if you enjoy Patrick Ness' other works and is dying to read something new of him, also if you got curious by the synopses (the excerpts about the chosen ones where really funny, ironical and made a somewhat stress relief from Mikey's life) and if you enjoy coming of age stories and don't mind a little bit of magical stuff mixed with your contemporaries.

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