Author: Carrie Firestone
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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 haven’t read Carrie Firestone’s debut novel, but when I heard she was coming out with another one (and after I saw that pretty cover and moving synopsis), I instantly wanted to check it out. This is one of those books that I found myself drawn to from the beginning until the last page. I really was able to relate to the characters and becoming involved in the book, and I really loved that about The Unlikelies.
I absolutely love The Breakfast Club so when I saw that it was mentioned as being similar, I was incredibly thrilled and hoped that it would really pull through. I’ve read a great deal of books lately that are compared to other things that I have enjoyed but honestly, I can rarely see any of the similarities. However, this book actually did remind me of The Breakfast Club in a few ways, so I really have to praise it for that!
Sadie is a senior in high school, and one afternoon when she recuses a distressed baby, a video of the rescue goes viral, making Sadie an overnight sensation. Because of this, she meets a few other teenagers in her town who also go around doing good deeds (secretly), and with them they essentially help out others and do good deeds for others in the neighborhood, without taking any of the credit.
So when Sadie and her new group of good deed doing friends try and help out a friend who is a heroin addict, things end up not really going south for them, and they find themselves striving to keep their friendship intact (while also remaining anonymous). Sadie finds herself really struggling to do the right thing and keep all of her new friends.
This book is really powerful, and it shows that even in times when things are difficult or it might be more convenient to take the easy way out, there are still people out there fighting for what’s right and doing the best they can do, even if they choose to remain anonymous and not take the credit for their good deeds.
The characters in this book were absoluetly amazing to read about – I found myself really invested in both the characters and the story itself. The writing was utterly captivating and I was completely engrossed from start to finish. This book was not only fun, it was moving in a time where so many in the world are only out for themselves. If you want a novel that is bound to restore a little bit of faith in humanity, this is a great book to pick up for the summer.
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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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