The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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My Opinion

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5) This book confused me a lot. It’s a weird mix of contemporary and fantasy and I don’t think that flowed. I kept expecting a different reasoning for the fantasy elements. Once I latched onto the fantasy, it got better, but I wish that would’ve been different.

That being said, Ness is a great writer. I really enjoyed the main character and his way of thinking. He was someone I could relate to, regardless of what he was going through. Ness was able to portray the kids lives very accurately and their relationships were very touching.

For the content, language was medium. There were a few F words but mostly teen stereotypical language. Sex was talked about and referred to but no real details. There were crude sexual remarks and guys referring to their body parts a few times. There is talk of guys dating guys and it happens a few times. Violence is minimum. Intense Themes had quite a few points due to the fantasy elements, car accidents, teens dying and emotional problems the teens have.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Patrick Ness

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.

-Excerpt taken from book flap.

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Detailed Content Review


F***- 3

H***- 25

S***- 23

A**- 2


D***- 6

Bas****- 2

Religious Cursing-

J****- 4

Chr***- 1

G**- 21


Derogatory terms etc-




Flipping someone off

Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

People grow marajuana in a small town. 

A cop’s breath is “thick with booze.”

Someone works at a gas station that has a lot of “meth heads” come in. 

A father drinks every day. This is referred to many times. 

A young man smokes a cigarette. Again. 

A young woman smokes a cigarette. 

Teenagers drink beer at a party. One chugs one quickly then slows. He gets so drunk he can’t walk. Most everyone else had just 1 beer. 

A father is so drunk, he’s passed out in his clothes and can’t be woken. 

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

A group are trying to decide where you feel love. One young man states that with your “dick… that’s just wanting. Animal stuff.”

A young man “likes guys.” He “messed around a few times” with a young man who “likes girls… because a horny teenage boy would do it with a tree trunk if it offered at the right moment.” Later, one young man wonders if he’s gay. His best friend is gay and he enjoyed the time they fooled around. But he looks at girls online and has had sex with 2. He got crabs (STD) from one of them. She was 27 while he was 16. 

A young man wants to “more than kiss” a young woman.

A woman is described as a lesbian. 

A woman thinks he boyfriend is cheating on her. She has had a “thing” with someone else. 

A father comes out in just underwear. 

2 siblings are watching a show where a woman is topless and shooting guns. She then takes off her shorts and shoots in just a G-string. 

A young man kisses a young woman. 

A young man and young woman kiss. He gets a “hard-on” and has to adjust. 

A man kisses a woman hard. 

A woman kisses a man. 

A group of people skinny dip. 

A young man says another young man won’t sleep with a young woman. He is vaguely implying he knows he likes guys, because he has been with him. 

A young woman and young man kiss multiple times. They realize the house they’re in is empty so she takes off his shirt. It later says they slept together and it was all he ever wanted. “…I’ve pretty much jerked off to it every day since.” They used a condom. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood

A man breaks a young man’s car mirror and circles his car with many more men. He grabs the young man’s arm and holds a gun to his face. 

People with glowing blue eyes are supposedly behind the killings. They are seen many times. Blue lights are at every occurance of bad things happening and they cause a lot of fear. 

A bomb goes off at a concert. People are bloody and the crowd is surging to get out. One young woman is killed. 

A woman punches a woman. 

Two young men find another young man bleeding and unconscious. 

Potentially Intense Themes

A young man has intense OCD. There are compulsive events many times. Washing til he bleeds or cries is an example. 

A young man’s body is found. His dad wails in grief and has to identify his body. 

Another body is found. 

There are stories of romances with vampires (then their death) and soul-eating ghosts and the undead in the forest. The stories tell of kids fighting them then dying or going missing. 

A young man has to physically restrain his friend to get him to stop washing his hands which are now bloody. 

A 14 year old starved herself and had a heart attack. She died on the way to the hospital but was revived. She struggled with eating throughout the book. 

A man embezzles money and goes to jail. 

A teen hits a deer with her car. It rolls into the windshield, airbags go off, a young man feels his nose break, the young woman’s arm is twisted and broken, along with her collarbone. His ribs are cracked. 

A dad cries and says he should kill himself. 

A woman with Alzheimer’s accidentally spills boiling water down herself. 

Two more teens die. 

A mountain lion’s body is mangled and she is in pain. Many injuries cover her body. 

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