The Rest of Us Just Live Here is not really a horror novel, but I think it will appeal to horror fans, particularly those who are fans of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Stranger Things.
It’s a book for all those who ever wondered what life was like for all the other people in Sunnydale.
A great thing about this book: a super realistic depiction of OCD. I have severe OCD, and it’s rare that I see an accurate portrayal of it in media, but this was an exception. It’s not delved into a lot, but the way the main character’s OCD is portrayed is pretty on point. I don’t think many people without OCD realize how badly it can disrupt your life.
A thing I didn’t like about this book: a mountain lion dies at one point, and I can’t really handle animal death, so I ended up really upset about that. I understand other people may not be as bothered by this, but I have a really hard time reading about animals in pain or dying and have trouble moving past something like that. It seriously affects my enjoyment of any work.
Overall though, this is a sweet, charming, coming of age story that’s often amusing and always heartfelt. Recommended.