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The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries, 1) Hardcover – July 14, 2020
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About the Author
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250203656
- Product dimensions : 5.62 x 1.39 x 8.73 inches
- Publisher : Tor Teen (July 14, 2020)
- Reading level : 13 - 18 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #77,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But my friends,
Also it did feel pretty predictable. It didn’t completely ruin it for me obviously but it was distracting.
Oh man, everyone is about to find out about my not at all secret love of fanfic.
Oh my god what is this cheese that is happening right now. It’s almost painful to read and I’m so gleeful about it. How does TJ do this to me.
And just like that, I have that achy feeling in my chest that means that this book is going to make me CRY. WHY TJ.
Hahahaha. Okay but for real what I love about TJ is how he can (although he doesn’t always) portray really healthy parent/child relationships. Both teenagers AND adults need to read that that can happen. It always gives me such hope.
ManMan. Oh my god. I can’t stop laughing.
Tbh this is why I’m homeschooling.
Whoa. WHOA. Guess: Seth is the Pyro Guy. RIGHT?!
I had just unfortunately taken a drink of water and then had to work SO HARD to not spit it out or die. Jesus.
WHY DO I KEEP TAKING DRINKS OF WATER
What is up, editing error.
Auster. Heart emoji.
WHAT. Okay like a) called all of this except for THAT.
Okay honestly the editing.
I’m truly overwhelmed by all the feels and action in this one, and the awesome Nicky & Seth & Gibby & Jazz, I just can’t with them. They were absolutely adorkable (albeit annoyingly naïeve sometimes ;)).
But what I loved the most was Nicky & his Dad, they’re are struggling with their relationship, but there’s so much love there. The scenes between the two were definitely my favorites.
This is what, in my opinion, TJ does best. Creating the most beautiful relationships between all the (main)characters, that just hits you with all the feels. One minute you’re cackling like a loon, and next you’re ugly crying from all the emotions that exudes from the pages. And what I really like about his books, is that the female characters in his books are always badasses in one way or another.
Also, TJ can be a major pain in the ass, because he will make you wait a long time for the next book. Cause this is just the beginning of an epic series.
Even though this was written as YA, this is for everyone who loves reading about queer superheroes.
This book! This book got better and better the more I read!! At first I liked it. Then, I really liked it. Having JUST finished it, I loved it!
So....a story about wanting to be more than you are and realizing that what you are is extraordinary.
Here ya go:
YA - What a kiss!
AU - Comic heroes do exist!
Urban Fantasy - Can I have a super-power, too?
Nick Bell is our MC. He’s neurodiverse with severe ADHD. He is in high school. He writes fanfic about his real-life crush, Shadow Star, and the hero’s arch nemesis, Pyro Storm.
Nick is absolutely hilarious! His brain goes 100 miles a minute and gets distracted by every bit of shine and sparkle that crosses his path. He has an amazing imagination and is obsessed with the Extraordinaries which live among mere mortals.
One of my favorite things about this story was Nick’s close group of friends. We have the adorable bow-tie-wearing Seth, the baby butch Gibby, and the cheerleader Jazz. These four were all so very different but worked so well together!!
Another strong plus of the story was the focus on the father-son relationship between Nick and his dad. Often, in YA books, parents are tertiary characters at best. Not so here, my friends! Officer Aaron Bell is a strong secondary character that drives the plot forward (and possibly the plot of the next book???).
Let’s talk about love...yessssssss!!! There is love. There is pinning. There is, “How the hell can you be so blind, Nicky?!” But it all works out in the end for Nick and his man!! ❤️❤️❤️
Will you like it? I truly hope so.
My rec? It’s extraordinary! 👏👏👏
***I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.***
Nick Bell is a neurodiverse teen with a flair for the dramatics. He has a great dad that loves him very much, a tremendous friend group that includes Seth, the adorable bow tie wearing best friend; Gibby, the incredible baby butch; and Jazz, the quietly brilliant cheerleader. These teens juggle high school, friendships, relationships, the unknown of the future, ADHD, all while their city is protected by superheros dubbed The Extraordinaries.
This book follows Nick as he navigates through his emotions and obsession with Shadow Star (The most amazing Extraordinary) and his oblivious crush on his best friend. All while figuring out how to accept his ADHD as something that is part of him instead of something that defines him. Nick, Seth, Gibby and Jazz are the extraordinary role models we need in the world today. I wish this book existed when I was 16 and figuring out how I fit into the world. This book is for any age group and I recommend that everyone read it because it will provide some light into a place that can contain a lot of shadows.
TJ has woven another tremendous tale of heart, passion, loyalty, and finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. There is also a really epic fanfic that is equally as great as the story itself. I’m anxiously awaiting the second book in the series because I know it's going to be exceptional. 5 stars from me which equates to about 10 extraordinary stars!
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The story starts with Nick Bell, a normal teenager who is also the most popular fanfic writer in the Extraordinaries fandom. Which is amazing since TJ really did his research about fanfics and even the tags are perfect, god I loved how accurate they were.
Nick has a ‘big crush’ on the Extraordinary called Shadow Star (you can notice this right away just by reading his fic). And after being saved by him Nick decides he needed to be an Extraordinary too in order to be able to be with Shadow Star.
His friends weren’t so happy with that, especially Seth, his best friend who is very much in love with Nick. Gibby and Jazz are his other friends, they are dating and even though they are very different from each other the two girls work really well. Gibby is a ‘baby butch’ she’s amazing and she’ll protect her friends at all costs. Jazz is a cheerleader and even though people might not see this at first she is very smart and she’s sweet but also amazing like Gibby. And we have Owen, who is a bit difficult but he’s around too.
Seth is my favorite, he truly deserves the whole world, precious boy.
Something TJ knows how to do really well is dealing with heavy/complicated subjects in a lighter and special way. He talks about grief and ADHD in a way you can really feel what the characters are feeling too.
This book is incredibly funny, I wasn't expecting less to be honest. I laughed out loud and also almost died from second hand embarrassment. But it’ll also make you suffer and cry with the characters.
All of that being said I can conclude by telling you this: Read the Extraordinaries! You’ll laugh a lot and feel all the ‘feels’ too and since you’re already here, do yourself a favor and go read TJ’s other books as well, you won’t regret it, I’m sure!
This is the story about Nick Bell a tennanger boy that love (and maybe is a little obsessed, well, too much obsessed with) extraordinaries, a group of people with superpowers that save the people of Nova City, and he write fanfics about them, or more specifically, he writes fanfics about Shadow Star, his biggest crush. As Nick would say, “when before became after” and other things happened, Nick set out to make himself extraordinary, with or without Seth Gray’s help, Nick’s best friend and maybe more than that.
I don’t know what to say of this book, I loved it completely. The up and down of emotions had me trapped, that I couldn’t stop reading it until I finished; I cried, I laughed, and I fell in love with every character of this story.
Nick is the most beautiful person in the world. I love his mind, the way he thinks and how he is full of happiness and joy. You have to run behind him because he is a tornado of emotions and thoughts and adventures that will have you saying “Nick, no!” and he will reply “Nick, yes”.
Seth is a precious boy that when you meet him, you will want to hug him and never leave him. I loved everyone, but Seth is my favorite.
Gibby and Jazz, they are perfect and I need to know more about them. I loved how TJ Klune plays with the stereotypes, how he uses them and breaks them through comments and actions that his characters do.
And Nick and his father were the most emotional experience ever, I loved their relationship, the way they love each other and how they support each other, and yes, I cried like a baby in some scenes.
This book has everything, the atmosphere is incredible and even though I already knew how some plots would turn, I really really loved it so much that I need the sequel right now!
Please if you have the chance to read it, do it! You will love it.