September 09, 2017

#BookReview: The Unlikelies by @CLLFirestone @TheNovl #Giveaway

Welcome to this post for today!  I love this cover! It always makes me hungry! 

One good deed will change everything.

Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral.

As she’s recovering from “the incident” and adjusting to her Internet fame, Sadie receives an invitation to a lunch honoring teem homegrown heroes. The five honorees instantly connect and soon decide to spend their time together righting local wrongs. Sadie and her new friends embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend. Are good intentions enough to hold unlikely friendships—and an even unlikelier new romance—together?

Carrie Firestone is the author of The Loose Ends List and The Unlikelies. A former NYC high school teacher, she currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, two daughters, and their pets. 

What can I say about this one? Well, it did a wonderful job pulling me into the story with an OMG event that happened early on. I didn't see it coming and I was like WTH!!! Not many books start off with such an event. After that, the book had many ups and downs. It had a great pace and was fast where it needed to be fast and slow where it needed more time to get through something.   The story was one that was both dark and uplifting it didn't shy away from things like sex, drugs, and other topics of its kind. This is one I could see in high schools.  It had a great message about bullies and the only issue I had with it was the cover. I think the cover would have worked out better if it really would have been tied into the story.  The cover with Ice cream really doesn't have anything to do with the book.  I think a combo of canaries and cranes or masks would have worked out a lot better as those items were in the book and integral to the storyline.  

The characters in this one were great although sometimes Sadie did seem very sheltered at some parts and the other characters were kind of upset with her. I really loved that everyone had their own issues to deal with and that each one grew over the course of the book.  This one has many different messages throughout it. From bullying, first loves to even drug use and even knowing how to leave someone behind.  

The ending summed up everything very well I do wish we would have gotten an epilogue about the kids after four years.  (you will have to read the book to find out why!) That would have been wonderful to fast forward to see where everyone was at and to find out what they did with the canaries that were left. But it did end on a good note.  I think this one could be great as a movie or even a series. So many kids now a days deal with the topics of this book that it would be a great eye opener.  

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