title: The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries, book 1)
author: T.J. Klune
release date: July 14, 2020
setting: Nova City
publisher: Tor Teen
genres: urban fantasy, lgbtq, young adult, super heroes, humor, mental health
Thank you to NetGalley and TorTeen for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This was phenomenal.
Living in a world with real life super heroes called the Extraordinaries, Nicholas “Nick/Nicky” Bell has what he thinks is a totally normal (totally NOT obsessive) obsession with Nova City’s very own hero, Shadow Star. His fan fiction, in which he is the love interest to said hero is pretty popular, actually.
Living with ADHD, Nick is a fast talking, slightly self absorbed teenage boy with an incredible friend group and an overprotective cop father. But he longs to become an Extraordinary. He is determined, in fact, to find a way to release his inner Extraordinary and join his true love Shadow Star in Nova City glory. Little does he know, the real love of his life could be closer than he thinks.
Nick is adorably oblivious to pretty much everything around him. He is incredibly endearing, if not exasperating at times. You want him to open his eyes and see what’s right there, but he is who he is and you accept it (at least I did) happily because he is just so lovable! He will forever be a character I cannot forget. I could just live in this book forever because of Nicholas Bell.
The representation of ADHD was done so well, having come from an author with actual knowledge. That gave Nick’s personality and demeanor total believability. He lives with ADHD but tries so hard not to let it control him. Does that mean he doesn’t let those negative thoughts get into his head once in a while… but what would a teenage kid be without having self doubt every now and then?
The friend group in this story was amazing! I wish I had these kids in my life when I was 16 years old. Seth, Nick’s best friend, is the real deal! He would do anything for Nick, and all Nick needs to do is open his eyes and see it.
This was a laugh out loud funny book with some major grab the tissues kind of hard hitting moments. It runs the whole gamut of emotions and I felt fully immersed while reading it. Ultimately, this is a story of self discovery… what YA story isn’t? But this is more than that. This is about accepting who you are and loving that person. It’s about living the good and bad parts of life. It’s about rebuilding relationships after rattled by incredible loss. It’s about finding out that there can be more to the story than what is on the surface.
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.