- Copertina rigida: 352 pagine
- Editore: Walker Books (27 agosto 2015)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1406331163
- ISBN-13: 978-1406331165
- Peso di spedizione: 717 g
- Media recensioni: 3.5 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 76.262 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 27 ago 2015
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Award-winning writer Patrick Ness's bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.Visualizza tutta la Descrizione prodotto
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Patrick Ness è un genio incompreso e dovrebbero sicuramente tradurre tutti i suoi libri nella nostra lingua; non è il primo libro che leggo di Ness, ma la reazione, i pensieri e i sentimenti provati durante la lettura di ‘The rest of us just live here’ sono molto simili a quelli di ‘More than this’: fascino, confusione e venerazione infinita verso il suo modo di scrivere. Patrick Ness ha questa peculiarità di raccontare una storia semplice e renderla complessa, il lettore diventa un ‘page-turner’ ed arrivato all’ultima pagina è ancora più confuso di quando ha iniziato a leggere il libro. I libri di Ness non possono essere spiegati, è praticamente impossibile andare a fondo un libro di Ness senza perdercisi dentro, ma farò il possibile per farvi convertire a Patrick ness. Anche se questo libro è meno confusionale del solito, insomma ha un inizio e una fine. (Piccola parentesi. Sarà lo sceneggiatore del nuovo spinoff del Doctor Who quindi una chance è impossibile negargliela).Ulteriori informazioni ›
The first word in my mind is "strange".
However not a simple strange, but an interesting, curious, sometimes nonsense, emotional one.
I'm used to the particular style of this author and I enjoy it a lot, though this time I'm a bit disappointed. Could the story have been better? A lot.
Could it have been worse? Hell yeah.
The fact is that there are two points of view at the same time, which is not a problem per se. However the first one (the indi kids) is a little bit neglected even if they're quite important since they're the one who fight against the Immortals, while the second one (Michael) is much more detailed. In a certain way they seem two completely different stories at certain points.
Anyway, many important things are said about teenagers and the complexity of this age, but the importance stays in the fact that the teenagers themselves are the ones who speak about it and find a solution. Temporary, of course, but always a solution. Kind of comforting, don't you think?
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This one, in contrast, didn't go on for too long. I finished it relatively quickly (on a flight), and found it easy and quick to read. My issue with it though was that it left me with nothing. More Than This got me thinking and analyzing days after I'd finished reading it, the Chaos Walking trilogy (although not a huge fan of the overall series) had left me bereft and thinking as well. This book? I understand that the whole idea behind it is to showcase the non-heroes, the sideline characters, those who never take part in any of the action and are never protagonists to any story. Those are the ones we expect to read about, and that's what we got. And God, was it boring!
I was not in the least invested in any of those characters, who although are considered "normal" in comparison to the heroes or "Chosen Ones" running around trying to save the world, are actually very flawed individuals, riddled with problems and personal issues. I could have dealt with that, but the fact is...Ness decided to mix things up a little. Those "non-heroes" end up involved in the Chosen Ones storyline anyway. Every chapter begins with a short intro that highlights what seems to be going on in the Chosen Ones lives - something supernatural that seems to be taking over their city and killing the Chosen Ones one at a time.
Mike, suffers from OCD and has a major crush on his friend Henna, who enjoys throwing mixed signals at him frustrating him and me to no end. Then there's Mike's older sister, who is anorexic and trying to cope, their mom is a State Senator and dad an alcoholic, and the siblings try to stay out of the limelight. So far, so normal, right? Well, then there's Mike's best friend, Jared, who is homosexual and always there for Mike (they have a very strange friendship/relationship) but suddenly begins to act weird and secretive and Mike finds himself dealing with crazy bouts of jealousy not only towards Henna, his crush, but Jared as well.
Oh, and did I mention that one of those ordinary teenagers end up having supernatural powers? I mean, that sort of goes against the whole point of the story, no? It seemed unnecessary and honestly...quite silly. Almost like Ness realized that his story was going nowhere and was boring, even him, to death that he had to switch it up a little bit. Only, in doing so, he ruined the whole premise of this book.
Overall, very normal, everyday stuff, with little strange supernatural occurrences here and there that didn't really fit in with the overall storyline. It goes on and on throughout the school year, until you think you've had enough and then it all hits a climax on prom night (of course...when else?!), and they all live happily ever after.
It was just OK. Having written this review I almost want to give it 2 stars...
Small town America in Washington state and located in the middle of the boonies. It’s here where the immortals from another realm decide to take over human bodies in order to live. And this has been happening every few years-ten, fifteen, or even less-when paranormal creatures of every sort(one group at a time)try their hand at taking over the town. Every time it happens, the indie kids of the town, otherwise known as the artists, musicians, goths, etc. start dying. But this book isn’t directly about indie kids. Instead, it’s about a group of seventeen/eighteen year old teens that are getting ready to graduate high school. They have grown up together and been each others best friends for years. Now as strange happenings start to haunt the young people in the town, all they can do is watch as it all unfolds. Interestingly, the adults turn a blind eye to the happenings, instead referring to the deaths as suicide or accidents. They conveniently forget what happened to the town when they were teens, or at least they choose to ignore it.
Mike is both the narrator and the main character. He’s obsessive compulsive, and pretty broken inside. His older sister Mel has been fighting anorexia for several years. Having missed a year of school due to the disease, she is going to be graduating with her brother’s class. Mel’s best friend is Henna, otherwise known as the girl that Mike has loved in secret for years. She’s beautiful, but a bit damaged, after her only brother disappeared when the vampires took over years ago. Now they only get the occasional email from him-always sent at night. Mike’s best friend is Jared, a jock, and he just happens to be gay. Refreshing to see that he isn’t judged for that. He also is one quarter Cat God(yes, you read that right). A new guy joins their group named Nathan, and when he gravitates towards Henna, he becomes the person that Mike suspects as being the catalyst for all the bad that starts happening in town. Mike and Mel’s mother is a state senator and is not around as much as she should be, and their father is an alcoholic car salesman that spends most of the time in a drunken stupor.
This book. What a book hangover I have now. I couldn’t put it down because the suspense was killing me. Yes, these characters aren’t the ones being killed, or the ones expected to defeat the bad guys, but they are indirectly involved. Sometimes a bit more directly involved. But they aren’t the Chosen Ones, as they call the indie kids. The characters are so well drawn by the author that each one felt like someone I knew before it was over. I am not going to go further into the story except to say that at times I was on the edge of my seat while reading. There’s plenty of down time away from the suspense, but you just know something is going to happen to change that at any moment.
Wonderfully written characters, humor(Cat God?), and a unique story line made this a read that I probably won’t be forgetting anytime soon. I had never read anything by this multi award winning author, but I am glad I started with this one. Highly recommended to readers of horror/paranormal, 16+ due to sexual situations, although nothing explicit.
But most importantly, this story is about a boy with OCD, a girl with an eating disorder, and has both racial and LGBTQIA+ representation. Friends of mine who also have similar anxiety to mine insisted that I read this book ASAP because of the discussions that take place and I’m so glad they did. From start to finish, the OCD rep is just so incredible.
Mikey (I sort of cringe at this name because of those old cereal commercials) has severe anxiety/OCD–he gets into obsessive loops where if he doesn’t do a task exactly “right” something horrible will happen. Life becomes catastrophic inside those loops, getting worse and worse, and he becomes stuck.
Even though this is sort of a parody of YA fantasy, Ness does a wonderful job of blending his “Indie Kid” parallel with Mikey’s. The build up to the climax is so subtle that you hardly know it is coming–I sort of skimmed the chapter headings, but I thought they detracted from the actual story line, so I mostly just followed it through the main book.
I loved that Ness gives Mikey such a strong support system–his chosen family–instead of using the “hero comes to save him from his anxiety” trope. There’s a lot of talk about how one of his fears is that he is the least needed person, or no one would miss him if he were gone–I feel that SO HARD. And even though Mikey acknowledges at one point that he KNOWS he is lucky to have so many people who love him, to someone with anxiety, it’s so hard to convince ourselves that this is reality most of the time.
I could go on and on about everything that was amazing about the anxiety/OCD rep in this story. I want to quote the entire psychiatrist appointment to you. But, then you wouldn’t have to read the book, and I really think you probably should go read it. It’s going on my MUST READS list for sure, guys. So, yeah. Do it.
It was nice to see diversity in characters. It was nice to see ordinary people struggling with every day problems like depression, OCD, alcoholism, and anorexia. Just to name a few. Mr. Ness really painted a picture in my mind of how OCD effects someone emotionally and physically. I never really thought about it before this book.
I can understand why people would give this book a lower rating. It isn't super action packed but it is thoughtful and also thought provoking. It was a little more mature then I thought it would be. Actually it is absolutely nothing like I thought it would be.
I love Patrick Ness' stories and he has quickly become one of my favorite writers. He portrays characters well and really seems to do his research.
I enjoyed reading about what happens to the normal people when indie kids are getting schools blown up and saving the world. I can relate in some way because I have thought about what happens to the rest of the world while the hero/heroine in a story has no regard for anyone and everyone at the same time.
This book was deep and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Thank you for keeping it real in the end too and not making it into something that it could have been. I am so happy for the realness thrown in, which if you have read this book will sound hilarious considering Jared.
I think that one of the reasons I like the characters is that I has some somewhat similar issues that they do back when I was in high school and often (back then) felt like I too was but one of a vast number of people in the background compared to the kids that were popular. And like the kids in this book, I thought that was OK as I too had what I felt as my own place in the scheme of things and friends to share it with.
I'm hoping that this is the start of a series - I would like to see at least another book set in this world. I'll be recommending this one to people.