The premise of the book focuses on an ordinary protagonist in an extraordinary place where there are supernatural beings like gods, vampires and ‘The Immortals’ roam about and ‘indie kids’ keep dying. But Mikey is not an indie kid. He’s a regular guy who worries about his anxiety, his friends, his family, prom and going to college. It’s a book that focuses on ‘background’ characters.
I give it 3/5 stars. This is my first jump into Patrick Ness and I was pretty scared because my favorite Booktuber Reagen from PeruseProject says he one of her favorite authors. I dived right into the book without reading the summary and within the first chapters I was able to guess what the book was about. It’s the type of book that is what it is. The voice of the main character Mikey is a good solid depiction of how a teenage boy would think and act. I love how Ness deals with the issue of anxiety and family dynamics. This was a different type of coming-of-age novel. The main characters did not save the world, but they grew as individuals.
I recommend this book for October/Autumn season because the book has a certain chill in some moments that’s perfect for cold weather. It’s a light read, even if it deals with heavy issues. I also recommend this book for anyone who deals with anxiety and the loneliness that one feels when they have a mental illness.
Here are some of my favorite quotes.
“Your heart isn’t the boss of you either. Thinks it is. Isn’t. You can always choose. Always.” “You can’t choose not to feel,” Henna says. “But you can choose how to act.” “Yeah,” Jared says. “Hard, though.”
“If you don’t think they’re real or important or you think that we’ll all grow out of this nonsense, well, that’s not really my business. I can’t tell you what’s real for you. But in return, you can’t say what’s real for me either. I get to choose. Not you.”
“What’s important is that I know how much you worry about shit. And what’s also important is that I know a big part of that worry is that, no matter what group of friends you’re in, no matter how long you’ve known them, you always assume you’re the least-wanted person there.”
“It feels like we’d almost got somewhere, but then missed it. I’m surprised at how disappointed I feel.”
“We share our craziness, our neuroses, our little bit of screwed-up-ness that comes from our family. We share it. And it feels like love.”
““That’s not the story that’s happening,” Mel says to him. “We’re not the kind of people that story happens to.”
“Maybe if you were a real friend instead of an endless bag of need, I’d have told you about him first. Did you ever think of that?”
“It has nothing to do with not trusting you. It’s to do with what something becomes once you tell it. It’s like it’s truer. And it’s got a life of its own and it rushes out into the world and becomes something you can’t control.”
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