The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (ARC)
Our Rating: 4
Goodreads Rating: 4.07
This Book in a Song: Believer by Imagine Dragons
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.
I received this from NOVL in exchange for an honest review.
When I received this I was super excited because I loved Carrie Firestone’s debut, The Loose Ends List. Like The Loose Ends List, Carrie Firestone’s next novel is about overcoming and growing from pain. In The Unlikelies the main character, Sadie Sullivan, becomes an overnight sensation and is invited to a homegrown heroes luncheon. Here she befriends an unlikely group of heroes. Together the group goes on to fight against injustice in their own way. The book follow the adventures and tribulations the gang goes through.
This book is definitely a feel good book. The first half of the book made me smile a lot. The overall message of The Unlikelies was a strong one. This book advocates for kindness, a reminder the world need once in a while. The second half of the book got into the messier stuff with drugs and addiction but still carried over the main message of kindness and overcoming pain. It is a great example of how small acts of kindness can really make a difference.
While the romance was weak, the friend dynamic was goals. Who wouldn’t want to have a group of injustice fighting best friends right? The way the group always supported each other was great.
I choose Believer by Imagine Dragons for the song because this book needed a strong and epic song. Believer also has a similar message about overcoming pain and changing the way things are. They sing, “I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been.” Similarly, Sadie and her friends are fighting to change the way things have been.
Don’t forget pre-order or buy The Unlikelies on JUNE 6, 2017 at your local bookstore!!!