Blog Tour: The Unlikelies Review

May 30, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews, Young Adult 0

The Unlikelies

by Carrie Firestone
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

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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 thought that this was a solid and feel good novel. The concept itself was actually pretty unique. We have five teenagers who are recognized at an award ceremony as being “hometown heroes.” Sadie is our main character, and she stumbled out this newfound fame through a total random accident that happened. Anyway, it was a refreshing contemporary read. Though it wasn’t entirely unique, it still had different elements that were enjoyable to read about. Although the events were extremely unrealistic and far fetched for the most part, this was still a fun and mostly light read. I recommend this if you’re looking for something not too heavy, but that also manages to tackles some important teenage topics at the same time. It isn’t the perfect or most memorable novel, but it was a quick, easy, and fun read and I’m glad that I picked it up.

I can’t say that Sadie was the most spectacular character ever. A lot of her characteristics weren’t all that memorable. Of course, she did do something that was honorable at the beginning of the novel that led to all of this attention in the first place. She stopped a man who was clearly not in his right mind and had a young baby in the back of the car from running off with it. Sadie was a very caring person for the most part. You could tell that she truly cared about all of her new friends and that she would do anything for them. Other than that though, she didn’t do a whole lot to stand out.

There is romance in this book, as you might have already been expecting. I’m not really sure how much to say about it since the blurb doesn’t reveal too much about it and it doesn’t happen until pretty deep in the novel. I will hint that you’ll probably suspect who it is very early on in the book. I thought that the romance was a sweet side to the story. I liked Sadie’s relationship with this person, though I can’t say that it was my favorite. The book was more focused on friendship and personal growth then romance, but I still like to highlight on this plot at least a little bit.

One of the best part of the books was definitely the five main characters. Each member of The Unlikelies had different things to offer to the group. They were all diverse and fascinating characters as a whole. Alice was a girl who Sadie knew from when they were younger. Now she’s as smart, spirited, and sassy as ever. Alice was probably my favorite of the group. Val was a fun character who had an awful boyfriend. Jean was a sweet boy who had a huge heart for working with kids. Gordie is a boy who goes to school with Sadie and is super smart and funny.

All in all, this was a decent book as a whole. I can’t say that I totally loved it, but I still found it fast paced and entertaining. I was able to read it in just a sitting or two. As I mentioned earlier, I feel like the events were not realistic. It did take on a heavy issue like teens being addicted to heroin, which is becoming more and more relevant in today’s society. That being said, the concept of them becoming that popular and making such an impact overnight seemed improbable to me. However, I enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to whatever this author writes next!

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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