by Carrie Firestone
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
RATING: 3 stars (⭐⭐⭐)
Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.
Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.
Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?
This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.
Special thanks to FFBC and Little, Brown and Company for allowing me to participate in this tour and review The Unlikelies.
I had trouble getting into the book at first, but after several tries, I finally got past the first few chapters after I got into the ‘incident’ part. That’s when things get real interesting. I appreciate the author’s humor and originality, but the events that happened in this book sometimes felt far from reality.
The Unlikelies brings together 5 teens from the local community who were recognized for their good deeds. This includes Sadie, Gordie, Alice, Jean and Val – who all come from different cultures yet became the unlikeliest of friends. The author did a great job of fleshing out their personalities and made them diverse.
I like how this book focuses on positive aspect of teenagers. They’re like good Samaritans here. I love the way they stand up to bashers and bullies on the web, their dedication to their cause, and their incredible concern and support for one another, even going through dangerous risks to help Alice whose best friend was addicted to heroin. They’re not the usual troublemaker teens I read about – whiny and angsty all the time. These teens on the other hand have a touch of maturity to them. Generous and kind, these are the kind of teens that other kids should strive to be.
There’s also a touch of romance but it didn’t take over the story. Sadie and her love interest only came together in the last parts of the book. And I find their interactions very sweet and funny.
The Unlikelies is a positively unique story about friendship, absolutely perfect for a summer read. But despite the pros I have mentioned, the plot didn’t excite me that much. I wish I could say I really love this book with all my heart but overall, it fell on an average level for me.
Carrie Firestone has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and, while she currently lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. She loves parties, and all kinds of music, and books about random people doing random things in random places. She loves to travel with her husband, and two daughters, Lauren and Emily. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs) to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose ends list.
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