Release date: 14th July 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: The Extraordinaries #1
Blurb: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune’s YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.
Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?
After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades in TJ Klune’s YA debut.
So, I got this from Netgalley after absolutely adoring House and I squealed and started it and then somehow it got deleted from my Kindle. My dumb ass assumed I had already reviewed it and simply forgotten. Turns out my child had been reading something else and marked it as read… Was I happy to realise that I had neglected this amazing novel for 9 whole months? No, I was not. Did I jump on it when I went on holidays and had time to read? Hell yes.
The whole thing revolves around Nick, a wannabe Extraordinary turned fanfic writer. He is absolutely obsessed with Extraordinaries, in particular Shadow Star. So much so that when they meet in a chance encounter, he losses all sense of reason. Envisage that you met your favourite band. Now make it that they saved you from being mugged and murdered. And it got caught on camera… After this chance encounter, Nick will do anything to stop his policeman father from finding out. Now throw in some ADHD as well as some gay boy fabulousness and you have yourself a ripper of a novel.
I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you, this is a predictable novel for the most part. Yes, there’s a few twists but its definitely not one where you can miss what’s happening. Like our protagonist does ON MULTIPLE OCCASSIONS. Nick is so ridiculously tied up within himself, he misses some massive clues as to what’s ACTUALLY going on with the Extraordinaries.
Now Nick himself is fairly likeable if not a little ‘token bumbling idiot’. I get it, you are hyper fixated but some of the clues that his friends leave are less clues and more flashing neon signs as to the truth. But to be honest, it kind of made me like him more. Owen on the other hand is a little bit of a cockwomble by all accounts. Honestly if Lex Luthor had a baby with the Snow Queen from Narnia, then added a whole heap of narcissism and teenage angst, that would be Owen. Which then leaves Seth, Nicks daytime crush, a sweet boy who is just squishy marshmallow and feigned innocence – honestly, I loved his internal struggle and when it came to how it all panned out, I just wanted to whisper that everything would be ok while I yelled at the Bad Man
I realise I am currently rambling because, well, it’s a hard book to put into words how I feel. I loved most of the characters but found a couple to be meh. Absolutely adore the neurodivergent rep and the fact that being gay was not in any way shape or form a plot point or means to an end (seriously if you release a book and its bury your gays, I will find you, break open your door and bludgeon you to death with your own words.) The love interests were sweet and gave me warm fuzzies whilst also being age appropriate for the most part. Also, this book gives you lesbian fury! Basically, if teenage angst, cute couples, and superheroes are your thing, you will love this one.
Until next time lovelies xo