Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
My Rating: 5/5
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.
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This book follows five teenagers who are embarking upon the summer between Junior and Senior year. The book is told from the point of view of Sadie who is friends with a large amount of seniors that are leaving for college. Sadie's best friend will be going to tennis camp and then going off to college so she is basically stuck working at the fruit stand for the summer. Sadie's summer takes a drastic turn when she steps in to help a child in need.
The story-line is super cute that the author created. We are thrown right into the action in the beginning of the book and the story progresses from there. I never felt like there was a moment where I wanted to put the book down I just couldn't get enough of it. The story really flows and takes some turns I was not expecting, but it kept me completely engaged.
The author does bring up several challenging topics for people to read about. First she brings up bullying on the internet. I liked how the author brought up not just bullying in one location but several locations on the internet and how it affects other people. I also liked how the group of Unlikelies wanted to stop the bullying and had to come up with ideas on how to fix it. The author really pointed out that kindness can go much further than you think.
The second major topic is drugs. I think the author kept this topic sort of light, but it worked for this book. The drugs where not about a specific person in the group, but a friend outside of the group. We got to see how drugs effect a circle of friends and that you might not realize all the people drug use can affect. Also, we got to see how the friends where constantly trying to help one another get passed this situation.
I think my favorite part of the book was the friendship that the five Unlikelies created. The author did a great job developing the friendship and also making them feel very authentic and genuine I think the group of five friends who found each other did have a lot in common and they just needed a push to find it. I loved the each of them remained their own person, but when they were together they were able to be a group. I think they still stand out from one another because of their vast interests, but they are able to work together nicely.
I loved Sadie as the lead character in this book. I felt like Sadie was truly trying to find a path for herself once her best friend left and after her heroic efforts she really found a new place to fit in. Sadie experienced a large amount of growth during this book and was able to find a place for herself. I liked that we got some background on Sadie's family and that they did play a big role in her life. I also liked how the author brought all of this together. The author also created a cute romance between Sadie and one of the Unlikelies that worked with this group. I liked this add on because sometimes in a group of friends this does happen and people just don't know how to react.
I would suggest this as a beach read. The story is very cute and a quick read. There are some heavy topics but they were handled so upbeat that I didn't feel overwhelmed by them at all.
I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
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"Good point, Alice," Jean said. "We should aspire to be unlikelies."
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About the Author:
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.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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