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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 (an 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.


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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 (an 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.

30 review for The Extraordinaries

  1. 5 out of 5

    T.J.

    OUT NOW!!! Buy links: https://us.macmillan.com/books/978125... Cover by David Curtis Excerpt: https://www.pastemagazine.com/article... Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. 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 relucta OUT NOW!!! Buy links: https://us.macmillan.com/books/978125... Cover by David Curtis Excerpt: https://www.pastemagazine.com/article... Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. 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).

  2. 4 out of 5

    chai ♡

    What's worse than heartbreak? One of your most anticipated books of the year not living up to your expectations. What's worse than heartbreak? One of your most anticipated books of the year not living up to your expectations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    chan ☆

    this is what i wanted renegades to be lean in to the cheese and the camp!!! adored this. thoughts coming in a vlog.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    1.5 stars edit: it's been brought to my attention that TJ Klune has released a statement on these issues http://www.tjklunebooks.com/new-blog/... It's not my place to accept or not accept his apology, as I am not a part of the marginalized groups most affected by police brutality. All I will say, is that apology or not, the book is still harmful. And perhaps if even the author himself recognizes the harm he did . . . that's a pretty solid sign that we're not just overreacting when we say it's harm 1.5 stars edit: it's been brought to my attention that TJ Klune has released a statement on these issues http://www.tjklunebooks.com/new-blog/... It's not my place to accept or not accept his apology, as I am not a part of the marginalized groups most affected by police brutality. All I will say, is that apology or not, the book is still harmful. And perhaps if even the author himself recognizes the harm he did . . . that's a pretty solid sign that we're not just overreacting when we say it's harmful? ---- All quotes are from an advance copy and may differ in final publication. I received this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and this hasn’t affected my opinions in any way This book would be getting four stars, because it had so many things I loved, but unfortunately it also had some really harmful shit so instead it’s getting a very deserved 1.5 stars!! Yay, disappointment! I am so incredibly disappointed in this book, and I really wish I could rate it highly and recommend it, but I cannot in good conscience do that because wow wtf. Anyways, i do feel the need to acknowledge the good in this book still, because it was there, and you know this is supposed to be an honest review, so uh: The Reasons It’s Not Getting One Star: - the writing was super fun! It was so easy to read and i literally read it in one sitting because i genuinely was enjoying myself a lot when i didn’t feel like throwing it across the room - the characters were great. I really loved Nick even though he was completely clueless, and Seth was so sweet, and also the side sapphic couple whose names i’ve already forgotten were amazing and just hjgfjghkjghf i loved this cast of characters and i wish!! I could fangirl about them! without feeling vaguely sick! - this book was soooo funny. Like i spent the whole time laughing aloud and it was a fun time - the rep! I can’t speak on the adhd rep, but i do believe it was ownvoices. and i really liked the gay rep, and how natural it felt The Huge Glaring Issue: The way this book glorifies the police force is deeply harmful. I don’t feel that any book can involve the police force this much without critiquing it, without being an inherently harmful book. (If you still, even after everything that’s happened recently, don’t think that the police force is incredibly fucked up, I don’t know what to tell you. Go do some damn research.) This feels like nothing less than propaganda, and intentional or not that is harmful. The police play into this book hugely. The main character’s dad is a cop, and the police are always getting involved in stuff with the superheroes. And although the police aren’t always shown as right, especially about the superheroes, they are always shown as a well-meaning institution for good. I was pretty skeptical from the beginning when I realized his dad was a cop, but i was still somewhat hopeful it would redeem itself and call them out later (spoiler alert: it didn’t). And then we find out that his dad punched a witness. His dad used unnecessary force on someone while doing his job as a cop, and it was shown as okay because he was ‘a good person who made a bad decision’. I barely even have the words for how fucked up that is, but I’m sure as hell going to try because i can’t just let that go. A cop who punches someone because they said something that made him mad is dangerous. A cop who punches someone because they said something that made him mad has anger issues. A cop who has anger issues is going to get people killed if you let him stay on the force. A cop who has anger issues needs to lose his job asap. The portrayal of him as a good person who made a mistake once just doesn’t work when you think about the context of his position of power. This man needs to be fired. (edit: yes he was demoted. however he was absolutely not fired, and the fact remains that (1) he should have been fired, and (2) not only was he not fired, it was portrayed as if firing him would have been Bad and the fact that his colleagues vouched for him was Good) In case you don’t believe me that he was glorified, here’s a quote (it’s taken from an arc and may not be final, but i still feel it holds a lot of weight) about the cops who stood up for his dad after he punched someone on the job: These were the people who had fought for Aaron Bell when before had become after, and his dad had lashed out against someone he shouldn’t have. They were the ones that had argued with Internal Affairs and the higher-ups, telling them in no uncertain terms that Detective Bell shouldn’t be dismissed, that he was an unmatched asset to the Nova City Police Department, and to lose him would mean losing someone who bled blue. These men are shown as heroes, when in reality they are enablers. This isn’t okay. Meanwhile Nick’s reaction to his dad mentioning what happened is this: ”But that doesn’t mean you still can’t be a good person, right? Just because you did something wrong doesn’t mean that’s who you are. And even if you keep doing the wrong thing, you can still be saved.” I generally agree with the sentiment, but in the context of his dad being a cop who has abused his powers, something about that really doesn’t sit right with me. There were also a few other lines about the police that I raised my eyebrows at (again these are taken from an arc and may not be final, but either way are deeply not okay), such as: Police officers are woefully underpaid,” Nick agreed. “Especially for the line of work they’re in. It’s dangerous on a daily basis, and they should be compensated.” No. Just no. Defund the police. They don’t need more money. For this second one I feel the context is very important. This happens when the character is being arrested by cops who know his dad and are being very gentle with him. He knows he’s safe, he knows the worst trouble he’s going to get in is grounded. ”Record this,” Nick bellowed at Jazz and Gibby. “Record this so i can use this in a lawsuit I’m going to file against my dad and the city for police brutality! I will have my vengeance!” Yes you read that right, that was a joke against police brutality (made by the privileged white male character). This was also the only reference to any real problems with the police force in the entire book. And it was a joke. In short: fuck this book and all its propoganda.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ramírez

    OMG this book was hilarious. I've always loved T.J. Klune's sence of humor, and this one made me laugh out loud in several scenes! It was fantastic. I think at one point I started crying out of laughter. Besides that, the book itself is amazing and I loved it. I don't know how to start describing it: it's like a urban fantasy with superheroes called "Extraordinaries" and the main character is obsessed with them, I mean, he writes fanfiction about them (in which he's the main character and one -ve OMG this book was hilarious. I've always loved T.J. Klune's sence of humor, and this one made me laugh out loud in several scenes! It was fantastic. I think at one point I started crying out of laughter. Besides that, the book itself is amazing and I loved it. I don't know how to start describing it: it's like a urban fantasy with superheroes called "Extraordinaries" and the main character is obsessed with them, I mean, he writes fanfiction about them (in which he's the main character and one -very famous- Extraordinary is in love with him lol.) It also has ADHD rep and obviously LGBT rep. I really liked the plot, it has some twists and turns, and though I guessed them all, the ride was enjoyable! And I think the author does a good job foreshadowing everything. What I loved the most about this books are the characters, especially Seth, who is Nick's best friend. The main character is Nick Bell. He's the one with ADHD and also the one that is obsessed with the Extraordinaries. He's endearing and never shuts up. He also has the best lines. Then we have Seth, who is a cinnamon roll that wears bow ties to school and is so obviously in love with Nick. Then we have Gibby and Jazz, who are simply the BEST. Oh, and Nick's dad! He was the real MVP in this book. I love that we get to know him, that he's not an absent parent and that we get to see his relationship with Nick. It was one of the best aspects of the book: the father and son relationship. The only thing I didn't really like in this book is that the characters (especially Nick) sometimes felt really immature for their age. There were scenes that made me roll my eyes and others that were a little cringy, but that's all. So... yes, I recommend this book. It's lighthearted and soft and fun, but it also deals with some dark and serious stuff. I can't wait to read the second installement! Too bad I have to wait more than ONE YEAR for it. UGH. Also, I will post a full review on my Youtube Channel when it's time for the April Wrap Up. * ARC provided by NetGalley. ---- Trataré de escribir pronto la reseña en español.

  6. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **4.5-stars rounded up** The Extraordinaries is non-stop quick wit and good humor from beloved author, T.J. Klune. This story also features Queer Superheroes and relatable fandom vibes. Need I say more? It's set in the fictional landscape of Nova City, where superheroes are very real. They're called Extraordinaries and they swoop in to save the day, as you would expect any superhero to do. Also, as you would expect, there are people who are obsessed with them and they've developed their own unique **4.5-stars rounded up** The Extraordinaries is non-stop quick wit and good humor from beloved author, T.J. Klune. This story also features Queer Superheroes and relatable fandom vibes. Need I say more? It's set in the fictional landscape of Nova City, where superheroes are very real. They're called Extraordinaries and they swoop in to save the day, as you would expect any superhero to do. Also, as you would expect, there are people who are obsessed with them and they've developed their own unique brand of celebrity. Fangirls and Fanboys alike swoon over the Extraordinaries unbelievable powers, abilities and wardrobes. Nick Bell is a regular teen in Nova City, who also happens to be the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom. His biggest crush, Shadow Star, is currently one of the active Extraordinaries within the city. Frequently battling his arch nemesis, Pyro Storm, the two often leave destruction in their wake. Nick is invested in every minute of it. The story follows Nick and his absolutely phenomenal friend group, as he sets his sights on starting a relationship with Shadow Star, even if that means he'll need to become Extraordinary in order to do so. Y'all, the writing of this story is incredibly strong. It's so rapid fire and intelligent. The dialogue will definitely keep you on your toes. The main character, Nick, suffers from fairly severe ADHD, and in a way, the narrative reflects that. I'm not sure if I am explaining that correctly, but it seemed as if the narrative accurately portrayed how Nick would have been experiencing, or reacting, to what was going on around him. It felt extremely real, even though a lot of the storyline was actually rooted in unreality. Overall, I was really, really in awe of how this story unfolded. There were so many tender moments throughout, even though it is frequently laugh out loud hilarious. I loved all of the characters, the nod to classic superhero story arcs, as well as the serious real world issues that were addressed; it was all quite impressive. I definitely intend to carry on with this series. The characters were very easy relate to; so much so, you'll want to be part of their friend group. Thank you so much to the publisher, Tor Teen, for providing me a copy of this to read and review. I was so impressed with T.J. Klune. I cannot wait to pick up more of their work! I feel like this book is currently so underrated. I need more people to read this and join in my excitement as I wait for the second book to drop!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up. TJ Klune's newest book, The Extraordinaries , is a book that truly lives up to its name! We all have crushes on celebrities when we’re teenagers. It just so happens that Nick Bell worships Shadow Star, the bravest Extraordinary in Nick’s home of Nova City. Shadow Star has vowed to fight the evil in the city, and he is the subject of all of Nick’s popular fanfiction (in which he may or may not have feelings for a Nick-like character). After a chance encounter with his hero, 4.5 stars, rounded up. TJ Klune's newest book, The Extraordinaries , is a book that truly lives up to its name! We all have crushes on celebrities when we’re teenagers. It just so happens that Nick Bell worships Shadow Star, the bravest Extraordinary in Nick’s home of Nova City. Shadow Star has vowed to fight the evil in the city, and he is the subject of all of Nick’s popular fanfiction (in which he may or may not have feelings for a Nick-like character). After a chance encounter with his hero, Nick realizes he needs to become an Extraordinary too in order to have a chance at being noticed. That’s a tall order for anyone, much less a teenager with ADHD and anxiety and an overprotective police officer father. Nick will try to enlist the help of his best friends—Seth (with whom he may be head over heels in love), Gibby, and Jazz—none of whom want to indulge this fantasy. But Nick is determined that his hero will notice him, even if it may jeopardize his friendships, his relationship with his dad, or even his life. "Love is such a weapon in the face of darkness, if you only know how to wield it." This book was utterly squee-inducing. Nick and Seth are utterly adorable, Jazz and Gibby are a hysterical “power lesbian” couple, and Nick’s relationship with his dad definitely choked me up more than a time or two. There’s definitely humor here, too. The scene when Nick finally meets his crush made me laugh out loud, as did some of the things his father said. But there was so much more to love about this book as well, such as the friendships, and the story of a young man trying so hard to make sense of a world that often doesn’t make sense. It’s amazing that before this year I had never heard of TJ Klune and now he’s written what will unarguably be two of my favorite books of the year, The House in the Cerulean Sea and this one. I want more of these characters!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    While this superhero story was "good", I was expecting the same level of excitement that I usually feel from TJ's books, so I was left feeling slightly disappointed. For one thing, the pacing of the story felt a bit slow, even though it was approximately the same length as many of TJ's other books. However, when I had to put it down, my fingers didn't twitch until I absolutely *had* to pick it up again, taking me a full week to read. With only Nick's single POV, there were tons of internal though While this superhero story was "good", I was expecting the same level of excitement that I usually feel from TJ's books, so I was left feeling slightly disappointed. For one thing, the pacing of the story felt a bit slow, even though it was approximately the same length as many of TJ's other books. However, when I had to put it down, my fingers didn't twitch until I absolutely *had* to pick it up again, taking me a full week to read. With only Nick's single POV, there were tons of internal thoughts and a bit less dialogue than I would've liked. And with the fact that Seth, Nick's best friend and probable love interest, always seemed to be mysteriously missing and MIA, I found it difficult to connect with him, feeling as if everything I knew about Seth, I'd been *told* and not truly shown. I think that the main thing that I felt lacking this time around was TJ's usual non-stop, over-the-top, wacky sense of humor. Yes, the humor did make appearances, but we're talking about an awkward teen with ADHD, as written by TJ Klune here, so I was expecting him to really *go there*. Instead, the humor felt much more bridled and subdued. So again, while the story was "good", it never really ventured into *great* territory for me and I'd rate it at around 3.5 stars. ** NOTE: After "The End" and the book's final credits, there is a short "Stung" chapter that you absolutely NEED to read. It actually helped with my overall enjoyment for the story and got me much more excited for the next book in the series. ----------------------------------------------- See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links) -----------------------------------------------

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars 

 TJ Klune can write the most heartfelt and fun stories, and The Extraordinaries was just that. This book left such a big smile on my face and I can’t wait to read more in this world. When I heard about this book, my excitement level was at an all time high. First, I love TJ Klune’s writing, and second, it was compared to Fangirl which is a book I love. On top of that, superheroes! Nick Bell is an ordinary teenager with ADHD who lives with his dad. Nick loves the Extraordinaries and has 4 stars 

 TJ Klune can write the most heartfelt and fun stories, and The Extraordinaries was just that. This book left such a big smile on my face and I can’t wait to read more in this world. When I heard about this book, my excitement level was at an all time high. First, I love TJ Klune’s writing, and second, it was compared to Fangirl which is a book I love. On top of that, superheroes! Nick Bell is an ordinary teenager with ADHD who lives with his dad. Nick loves the Extraordinaries and has a popular fan-fic based on his favorite superhero, Shadow Star. Nick has a thing for Shadow Star, and when he meets him in real life… OMG. I laughed so hard. There are some twists and turns (some I guessed, a few I had ass backwards) and so many fun moments. This story had humor, action, and had some romance but also big focuses on friendship and family. Nick and Seth’s relationship/friendship was the best thing ever, but I also loved their other friends and Nick’s relationship with his dad. I enjoyed this one lots. It was even, dare I say, extraordinary. I’m not sure if the next book in this series will be more about Nick, Seth, and the gang or a new cast of characters but either way, I’m excited to read more!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    DNF at 28%: I hate to say this because I LOVED (like, favorite of the year, loved) the last TJ Klune book I read, but I did not enjoy what I read of this one at all. I found the main character’s POV to be kind of insufferable and that made it extremely hard for me to connect to the story or care at all about what was happening. While this one didn’t necessarily work for me personally, I do think that if you enjoy superheroes, you could probably still really like this one. But between me not cari DNF at 28%: I hate to say this because I LOVED (like, favorite of the year, loved) the last TJ Klune book I read, but I did not enjoy what I read of this one at all. I found the main character’s POV to be kind of insufferable and that made it extremely hard for me to connect to the story or care at all about what was happening. While this one didn’t necessarily work for me personally, I do think that if you enjoy superheroes, you could probably still really like this one. But between me not caring a ton about superheroes and not connecting to the main character, this was very much just not the TJ Klune book for me. Womp :(

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Imogene Reads

    5 stars My fav, my precious, my sweet cinnamon roll. Humor: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★★ Enjoyment: all the freaking stars, I've already read this twice in 2020 and I don't have time to reread, ever So before I get into this at all, I just have to say that since reading this ARC at the end of April, I've already reread it twice before its release date. As someone who has ZERO time to reread anything, that's a serious compliment as to how this book made me feel. Now to the review! Nick Bell is a 5 stars My fav, my precious, my sweet cinnamon roll. Humor: ★★★★★ Characters: ★★★★★ Plot: ★★★★ Enjoyment: all the freaking stars, I've already read this twice in 2020 and I don't have time to reread, ever So before I get into this at all, I just have to say that since reading this ARC at the end of April, I've already reread it twice before its release date. As someone who has ZERO time to reread anything, that's a serious compliment as to how this book made me feel. Now to the review! Nick Bell is a serious fanboy. In Nova City, where people with superpowers called Extraordinaries are the focus of the town's attention for both good and bad, Nick's got it bad—for one of the superheros, that is. Nick spends most of his high school days writing fanfiction starring himself paired with Shadow Star, Nova City's most prominent hero. He's forced his best friend and overall cutie pie-maybe-love of his life, Seth, to beta read it for him for every angsty, sappy chapter. Yep, the kid's got it bad. But when Nick meets Shadow Star in an alley one night for the chance encounter of his dreams, Nick realizes that he'll do anything to get to Shadow Star's level. It's time to make himself Extraordinary. My thoughts: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. That's it, that is my one thought for this book. I loved it, it was perfect, it was campy, it was everything that's amazing about angsty teen drama and romance, and all of the good things about superhero tropes with none of the horrible misogyny, prevalent heterosexual posturing, and stupid CGI action sequences to cover up for lack of plot. This novel sings with gay goodness, HUMOR for days, and an amazing friend group that I would give my left pinkie to be a part of. Other great things about this novel: the deft handling of ADHD, the great relationship between Nick and his cop dad, Nick's two girl friends who are the perfect lesbian goals while also being A+ comedic relief, Nick and Seth and their puppy love UGH, and once more for the people in the back, the HUMOR. Do yourself a favor, because it's 2020 and the world is trash—read this book. It will make you happy AND make you laugh. Thank you to TOR Teen for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *3.5 stars* The Extraordinaries was another good story from the always reliable T.J. Klune, though not without its flaws. First of all, I need to talk about the stellar narration from Michael Lesley. Michael Lesley is a frequent narrator of T.J. Klune's books, and he always gives it his all. His narrating style is so joyful and full of energy that it's always a pleasure to listen to. Well done, Michael. However, even with the great narrating job, it still took me two weeks to get through the sto *3.5 stars* The Extraordinaries was another good story from the always reliable T.J. Klune, though not without its flaws. First of all, I need to talk about the stellar narration from Michael Lesley. Michael Lesley is a frequent narrator of T.J. Klune's books, and he always gives it his all. His narrating style is so joyful and full of energy that it's always a pleasure to listen to. Well done, Michael. However, even with the great narrating job, it still took me two weeks to get through the story. T.J. likes writing lengthy stories, but this one felt even longer than most. I think it's because it moved a little slowly in the beginning, but it was fairly hard to get through at times. I recognized the main character in the story from a number of other T.J. Klune stories. The sort of clueless, hapless MC who multiple people are secretly pining over felt very familiar to me. However, I have to say, I'm a sucker for it every time. I was wooed by these characters. Where the story really shone was in the dialogue and snappy banter between all of the main and side characters. T.J. always knows how to capture the funny when he wants to, and I read a lot of the story with a smile on my face. Give me a fun dialogue with lots of personality, and you have me. Even knowing that this book was written before all of the publicized incidences of police brutality and that T.J. has subsequently addressed this issue in an essay, the book felt a lot like a romanticized police-adulation story. It was a little hard to read it from my current lens. However, I'm curious how the police aspect of the story will be shaped moving forwards in the series. I'm not a superhero person, so the story really didn't grab me from that perspective, so it was a bit hard to fully immerse myself in the plot. I found myself wanting to speed things up so I could get to the resolution of the story. Also, the cluelessness and lack of communication got to me a bit as the story went on. I was thrilled by the ADHD rep, especially as a parent of two non-neurotypical kids, and I hope T.J. continues to make his characters not only queer but also unique is other ways. I really appreciate it, and I know his readers of all ages do too. Overall, I enjoyed The Extraordinaries, and I think the narration of the audiobook made it even better. There were aspects that didn't gel with me, but I think I'm going to continue on in the series and see where it will take me. I think The Extraordinaries will please a lot of T.J. Klune fans as it feels very much like one of his stories. Fingers crossed for book two. goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  13. 4 out of 5

    sarah

    why, oh why has it taken me this long to read a T J Klune book? I have spent 16 years of my life without knowing the pure joy his books can bring, and suddenly within one week I have read two of his books and cannot wait to pick up everything else by T J Klune. The Extraordinaries somehow made me love a book about superheroes- which in itself is a masterful achievement. I typically find superhero books take themselves too seriously and become eye roll inducing, but this one was really self aware why, oh why has it taken me this long to read a T J Klune book? I have spent 16 years of my life without knowing the pure joy his books can bring, and suddenly within one week I have read two of his books and cannot wait to pick up everything else by T J Klune. The Extraordinaries somehow made me love a book about superheroes- which in itself is a masterful achievement. I typically find superhero books take themselves too seriously and become eye roll inducing, but this one was really self aware and instead leaned into the melodramatic and cheesiness, making it a really fun time. This book was so funny, and Nick Bell was the perfect narrator for the story. Nick is a gay teen with ADHD, and a propensity for saying whatever is on his mind. Once I was acclimatised with the writing style and campiness of the story, I couldn't take the smile off my face. All the characters were so loveable and endearing to me (although I can appreciate not everyone will connect with them, as they are, inevitably, flawed). I loved the diversity in this story, representing everything from neurodiversities to sexualities (many of which are own voices as well!) The plot was definitely the weaker element for me. Don't go in to this book expecting a fast paced, high action superhero book because you will be disappointed. The Extraordinaries is told from the perspective of an ordinary teen with an obsession with an Extraordinary named Shadow Star. Therefore, we only hear about most of the action from news reports rather than right in the thick of it. Also, I found this book quite predictable. I guessed a good portion of what was going to happen pretty early on, but it didn't detract from my experience too much, since getting there was so enjoyable. It was all slightly ridiculous and over the top, so I would recommend going into it with those expectations otherwise you will probably be annoyed at the characters for their absolute cluelessness. You also may or may not feel some second hand embarrassment for these characters, but again, it was very self aware. Something I think would be remiss to not mention is the very prevalent focus on the police. I have linked this review which goes into depth on how it is handled, or rather not handled. I don't believe it was intended to be harmful, but wasn't addressed with the amount of care that it ought to have been particularly in today's climate. I read an ARC, so there is a possibility that these things may be changed in the final copy, but I just wanted to mention it. Finally, that epilogue. I admit, I kind of called it but it still managed to shock me. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series ahhhhhhh! Thank you to Tor Teen for this ARC Release Date: 5 March 2020 (Pushed back to 14 July 2020)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    I feel like there are two parts I need to touch on in this review, the story and the audiobook narration. THE STORY/PLOT: From the very beginning this story is different. Unique in its idea and execution with many wonderfully endearing characters. The super hero concept pulled me in and I loved the Metropolis vibe. But I struggled at the beginning. It actually took me a while to get used to the voice of the story. THE WRITING: There were so many awesome dialogues between Nick and his father. I feel like there are two parts I need to touch on in this review, the story and the audiobook narration. THE STORY/PLOT: From the very beginning this story is different. Unique in its idea and execution with many wonderfully endearing characters. The super hero concept pulled me in and I loved the Metropolis vibe. But I struggled at the beginning. It actually took me a while to get used to the voice of the story. THE WRITING: There were so many awesome dialogues between Nick and his father. I laughed so much thanks to the author’s brilliant writing. He perfectly captured the many different tones and nuances between annoyed teen and exasperated dad. Nick had me constantly laughing out loud with his overly dramatic attitude. And the endearing but also typical teenage way he communicated with his dad had me in stitches. It’s hard to adequately describe how well these dialogues were written. Just spot on!!! THE CHARACTERS: It’s clear by now that this father and son duo were my favorite characters of this entire novel. They had this wonderful and deep connection. Although Nick’s entire entourage was wonderful diverse, distinctive and absolutely endearing. I thought the characters were really well done. THE NARRATION: As with the story, I had to get used to the narration as well. I can’t exactly put my finger on what exactly bothered me at the beginning, but there was something that didn’t sync with me immediately. Luckily, I got over what ever it was. Also kudos to the author for really going all out with his different voices. At first I thought Nick spoke way too fast at times, until I realized it only happened when Nick was feeling hyper. As soon as I realized that, I paid closer attention and recognized how well the narrator matched Nick’s emotions, his ups and down. So yes, it was a well performed audiobook. last thoughts Even though this book was not one I immediately fell in love with, but the further I got into the story, the more I loved the uniqueness of it all and most of all the excellent writing. I’m just amazed by how versatile the author is. From his Green Creek series, to The House in the Cerulean Sea and now The Extraordinaries. I honestly can’t wait to read his next book. He is turning into a must read author. someone who pens stories that are never boring and always different. ___________________________________ Find more reviews and book recommendations on my blog Follow me on Bookstagram

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eugenia

    OMG 😱 OMG 😱 OMG 😱!!! 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 OMG 😱 OMG 😱 OMG 😱!!! 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.***

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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  17. 5 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    4.5 Stars First off, YA is not my typical go to. However, this is Klune and for some reason, I interpreted this particular piece of work as speaking directly to me, like I was in on a shared inside joke and absolutely admit that I transferred those perceived notions as a nod to my favorite OTP from my favorite fanfic. Yes, I concede that I may be the rare reader who feels this way, but I can’t help that and was just tickled over and over and over with what I took as winks or nods, seeing all sort 4.5 Stars First off, YA is not my typical go to. However, this is Klune and for some reason, I interpreted this particular piece of work as speaking directly to me, like I was in on a shared inside joke and absolutely admit that I transferred those perceived notions as a nod to my favorite OTP from my favorite fanfic. Yes, I concede that I may be the rare reader who feels this way, but I can’t help that and was just tickled over and over and over with what I took as winks or nods, seeing all sorts of fun Easter eggs throughout, simply making my enjoyment grow. But I digress... Regardless, this was pretty darn good YA. There’s plenty of growing up to do and lots of life lessons learned. This features an off kilter quirky loveable MC who is crushing hard and so obsessed with his favorite superhero where soon, his preconceived notions of how the world should be and is, will be knocked off its ass. There’s also a love interest to swoon over who melted my heart because he’s such a fantabulous awesome standup guy! So, toss in some action, plenty of obliviousness, lots of laughs and embarrassing shenanigans, and even some painful emotions and reveals, and Klune continues to deliver always on the heartfelt and the humor. This didn’t disappoint, and there’s no surprise that I look forward to more, sad that I can’t dive into the next book already!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andreas

    I cannot wrap my head around the fact that the same person who wrote The House in the Cerulean Sea, also wrote this. Like, it won’t compute. Reading this felt like being trapped in a constant state of suspension, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the story, the real story, to begin, but it never did. The characters weren't what I needed them to be, the dialogue wasn't what I needed it to be, and the plot was just so all over the place it gave me anxiety (the bad kind, not the good book r I cannot wrap my head around the fact that the same person who wrote The House in the Cerulean Sea, also wrote this. Like, it won’t compute. Reading this felt like being trapped in a constant state of suspension, I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the story, the real story, to begin, but it never did. The characters weren't what I needed them to be, the dialogue wasn't what I needed it to be, and the plot was just so all over the place it gave me anxiety (the bad kind, not the good book related kind). In many ways, The Extraordinaries made me feel very similarly to when I was reading Armada, by Ernest Cline, a feeling I couldn't explain then, and still can’t explain now… just a feeling of “this cannot be the real book, right? This cannot be it”. Both of these books read like fake books, like ruses. I’m serious when I said this gave me anxiety because I really thought Nick and Seth were cute? And I was rooting for them? But at the same time the whole book was just one note, one flat note that didn't go anywhere because due to how it was plotted, it had nowhere to go. And not only the plot, but the characters themselves, their interactions, their group dynamics — everything felt off from the very beginning. This review doesn't make any sense, I’m aware, and that’s because The Extraordinaries actually makes me feel similar to how I feel when I finish a great and, I cannot stress this enough, queer book… but it wasn't even an okay book, let alone a great one. So I am rather quite fucking confused, thank you very much.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 5 [extraordinary ] STARS! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Buddy read with the amazing Darce ❤️ OhmyGod. THIS WAS PHENOMENAL. Downright, utterly, BRILLIANT! Truly, I am SO THANKFUL THIS IS GOING TO BE A TRILOGY! I need moremoremoremoremore! I LOVED THIS SO FREAKIN MUCH! TJ Klune is just the absolute best; everything he writes is uh-may-zinggggg. I had really high expectations for this and it went above and beyond them ! Also— holy extraordinary queerness! REPRESENT ! 😉 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Wonderful, positive queer re Star Rating: —> 5 [extraordinary ] STARS! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Buddy read with the amazing Darce ❤️ OhmyGod. THIS WAS PHENOMENAL. Downright, utterly, BRILLIANT! Truly, I am SO THANKFUL THIS IS GOING TO BE A TRILOGY! I need moremoremoremoremore! I LOVED THIS SO FREAKIN MUCH! TJ Klune is just the absolute best; everything he writes is uh-may-zinggggg. I had really high expectations for this and it went above and beyond them ! Also— holy extraordinary queerness! REPRESENT ! 😉 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Wonderful, positive queer representation through & through, and I AM LOVING IT! So beyond here for it! GAH let me just say that I ship the main character, Nick, & Seth SOHARD! They are both so awkward & cute and Nick is absolutely clueless, but its so endearing! 😂 Speaking of Nick, what an AMAZING ADHD representation! It was very refreshing to see a main character with ADHD represented both accurately & positively. I also, in addition to reading, listened to the audiobook on and off when I was busy & unable to read my physical copy (yes— this is addictive enough that I bought both the book AND the audiobook so that I didn’t have to take a break unless absolutely necessary!), and I have to say that the narrator was AMAZING. The audiobook truly is something special— so spectacularly executed! It is one of the top 5 best audiobooks i’ve ever listened to, actually. TJ Klune’s works, at least the two that i’ve read & listened to— this one, and The House in the Cerulean Sea, in my opinion seriously have EXCEPTIONAL audiobooks— I am beyond impressed! Seriously, they are next level! There were times that I actually missed the audiobook when I was reading—Which, if you are familiar with my reviews, you know that generally, audiobooks are quite honestly NOT my thing. They have to be remarkable for me to WANT to listen rather than read. So, if audiobooks are YOUR thing and this book sounds interesting to you... this is one you won’t want to miss! In general, this book is one you truly won’t want to miss! It is positively extraordinary (Okay, I promise, that’s the last time I will absolutely un-ironically use the word extraordinary... but only because this the end of my review 😏😉😝)! BEYOND 100% recommend!!! ________________ PRE-ORDER COMPLETE!!!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR MY BUDDY READ W/ DARCE! ❤️❤️❤️

  20. 5 out of 5

    Romie

    I have many feelings, the first one being: TJ Klune is an absolute gift for this world. I'm honestly so happy he's coming to the dark side of the force (YA) because it means more people will be able to discover his books and see how talented he is, and we stan:) my second feeling is: I'd give my life for Nick and Seth (and can I please kick Rebecca Firestone in the face?) okay, let's be serious. this book was the funniest thing I've read in a very long time (I'm talking about full belly laugh) wh I have many feelings, the first one being: TJ Klune is an absolute gift for this world. I'm honestly so happy he's coming to the dark side of the force (YA) because it means more people will be able to discover his books and see how talented he is, and we stan:) my second feeling is: I'd give my life for Nick and Seth (and can I please kick Rebecca Firestone in the face?) okay, let's be serious. this book was the funniest thing I've read in a very long time (I'm talking about full belly laugh) while still talking about serious matters, such as death of a parent, grief, living with a disorder and, you know, saving the world:) I fell in love with it right from the start. Nick is such a lovable character even when he's being annoying, and his entire group of friends made my heart melt. I'm so so very excited for the rest of the trilogy!!!!!! thank you libro.fm and Tor Teen for the audio listening copy and the e-arc

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    Actual rating: 4.5 This was exactly what I needed right now, such a delight. It has to be the funniest book I've read in a while. Granted, this book won't be for everyone. It's not to be taken seriously, and the brand of humour is one that likely won't work for everyone. It worked really well for me though, and I ended up crying laughing a bunch of times. It's such a ridiculous book, but in the best way imagineable. I shipped Nick and Seth right from the beginning, they are so very precious. And so Actual rating: 4.5 This was exactly what I needed right now, such a delight. It has to be the funniest book I've read in a while. Granted, this book won't be for everyone. It's not to be taken seriously, and the brand of humour is one that likely won't work for everyone. It worked really well for me though, and I ended up crying laughing a bunch of times. It's such a ridiculous book, but in the best way imagineable. I shipped Nick and Seth right from the beginning, they are so very precious. And so very dense and so very clueless, especially Nick. It takes him ages to realize he even has a crush, and it's amazing. Something that made this book extra special was the own voices ADHD rep. CWs: violence, past death of a parent/grief, homophobia, internalized ableism, use of the d slur, hospital

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    4 stars Nick Bell is an awkward teenager by day, but by night he writes fanfiction about The Extraordinaries, and is the most popular fanfic author. Crushing hard on the superhero Shadowstar, Nick also battles feelings for his best friend Seth. But Nick has a plan, to become an Extraordinary himself so he can help to keep his friends and family safe from harm. I’ve read thirteen books by Klune, not including this one, and this book is filled with the same hilarious banter and heart that appears 4 stars Nick Bell is an awkward teenager by day, but by night he writes fanfiction about The Extraordinaries, and is the most popular fanfic author. Crushing hard on the superhero Shadowstar, Nick also battles feelings for his best friend Seth. But Nick has a plan, to become an Extraordinary himself so he can help to keep his friends and family safe from harm. I’ve read thirteen books by Klune, not including this one, and this book is filled with the same hilarious banter and heart that appears in the rest of his work. I listened to the audiobook and was laughing out loud and genuinely enjoyed Nick’s antics and interactions with his friends and other people. I loved Nick’s relationship with his father so much, I got lots of feels from their dynamic. And the parts of the book with Officer Rookie were hysterical. I thought this book was mostly very well done. This was a five star read for me, all except for one thing that due to my personal beliefs really rubbed me the wrong way. This book was very pro-police propaganda, and while Klune has addressed these issues in a blog post, it upset me when reading the story. Police brutality is unacceptable no matter what the circumstances are, and it happened in this book and I felt was glossed over. That may not bother some readers, but it was upsetting for me. So while overall this was a really wonderful book, I couldn’t get past that aspect of it. But I’ll definitely read the next two books and see how Klune addressed this issue.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sanaa

    5+ stars. Is there such a thing as TJ Klune writing a bad book? I think not as I've yet to find anything that I haven't loved. The Extraordinaries was such a different yet amazing book, there's nothing like it out there. From the main characters, to the plot, side characters, emotions, humor, the romance, it all just worked. There were a few things that I did catch on to early enough in the book (most people I think will) but it nothing to lessen the enjoyment of the story. There were enough 5+ stars. Is there such a thing as TJ Klune writing a bad book? I think not as I've yet to find anything that I haven't loved. The Extraordinaries was such a different yet amazing book, there's nothing like it out there. From the main characters, to the plot, side characters, emotions, humor, the romance, it all just worked. There were a few things that I did catch on to early enough in the book (most people I think will) but it nothing to lessen the enjoyment of the story. There were enough happening to keep me at the edge of my seat and I couldn't be more happier for it. I absolutely loved Seth and Nick. You guys do not understand the level of adorable they really are. Like omg pinch my cheeks. Once Nick realizes the things in front of him, it just made me smile even more then before. I'm being vague for a reason and it's also to let you all enjoy the book without giving anything away. And with the release day being pushed back because of the virus, just know that it will be worth the wait. A TJ Klune book normally is. I need the next one like today. And if it's anything like this one, I know I will definitely love it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    Update: I didn't end up writing a full-fledged review for this one, but the author made a statement re: some of the problematic aspects I grappled with. I strongly encourage you to read it. http://www.tjklunebooks.com/new-blog/... *** Need to think about this one for a bit. Deeply flawed/problematic in certain aspects and not sure how to rate when I consider all the enjoyable parts. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Update: I didn't end up writing a full-fledged review for this one, but the author made a statement re: some of the problematic aspects I grappled with. I strongly encourage you to read it. http://www.tjklunebooks.com/new-blog/... *** Need to think about this one for a bit. Deeply flawed/problematic in certain aspects and not sure how to rate when I consider all the enjoyable parts. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    4.5 Stars The Extraordinaries is a super-fun and super-entertaining LGBT themed YA fantasy story. Set in an alternate universe where superheros are very much real, a gay teenager named Nick decides he wants nothing more than to become just like Nova City’s truest hero—an Extraordinary by the name of Shadow Star. Nick worships/romanticizes the ground Shadow Star walks on, writing his own fairly popular fanfiction stories—in which he continually plays out various fantasies of meeting and falling in 4.5 Stars The Extraordinaries is a super-fun and super-entertaining LGBT themed YA fantasy story. Set in an alternate universe where superheros are very much real, a gay teenager named Nick decides he wants nothing more than to become just like Nova City’s truest hero—an Extraordinary by the name of Shadow Star. Nick worships/romanticizes the ground Shadow Star walks on, writing his own fairly popular fanfiction stories—in which he continually plays out various fantasies of meeting and falling in love with his perfect hero—all while spending his free time attempting every conceivable method he can think of to become a superhero himself (however ludicrous or foolhardy these methods may be). In his everyday life, Nick battles ADHD, constantly overwhelmed by his mile-a-minute thoughts and his endless energy. He lives alone with his cop dad, having tragically lost his mother a few years earlier, and although their relationship has its ups and downs, it’s never in doubt that Nick and his dad love each other deeply, both doing their best to make life work with just the two of them. (Think Stiles and Sheriff Stilinkski from Teen Wolf and you can picture these two in a nutshell). Nick is also extremely lucky to have some fairly AMAZING friends, in the form of Gibby and Jazz, both sassy and badass young women who just happen to be so very in love, and Seth, Nick’s lifelong BFF and potential everything (…although Nick is a bit slow on the uptake where his true feelings for Seth are concerned). Nick is ridiculously funny, charming and so very endearing in his ceaseless ramblings and his complete dedication to adoring Shadow Star and wanting to become just like him. On the flip side of that, he’s also fairly naïve and HUGELY oblivious, missing key truths and intentions of the people surrounding his life, which ultimately leads to some strained relationships and some shocking realisations—the kind that Nick is ill-prepared to face or accept. This story was Fun with a capital F. I laughed a lot, which is expected from a Klune story, and I was completely captivated by the whole cast of characters, particularly ADORING Seth and the girls—who all supported and rallied behind Nick even when he was being his most thoughtless and absolutely ridiculous. In perfect contrast to all the fun and frivolity, this story was also full of action-packed excitement and enough twists and turns and sneaky little reveals to keep the story very stimulating throughout. Some things were a bit obvious, at least for me, but even when I had my early predictions, I still couldn’t help but be excited to see how it would all play out and how Nick would react to everything that was happening to him and around him. When it comes down to it, I had an absolute blast reading this story and I CAN NOT WAIT to see what happens next with Nick, Seth and their awesome friends and family!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Full review HERE I'm a big fan of T.J. Klune and so I'm very glad to have the chance to review this title before its official release date. I think this novel had a lot of great and original elements to it and I could definitely see Klune's personal touch. I don't want to go into much detail just because a lot of what I would like to say would be a spoiler and I want everyone to enjoy this story wi The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Full review HERE I'm a big fan of T.J. Klune and so I'm very glad to have the chance to review this title before its official release date. I think this novel had a lot of great and original elements to it and I could definitely see Klune's personal touch. I don't want to go into much detail just because a lot of what I would like to say would be a spoiler and I want everyone to enjoy this story without being spoiled. So, I'm just gonna say that I was very interested in Pyro Storm and Shadow Star, I wanted to know more about them and also what drove them to do everything they were doing. I think the revelations and twists in this book were well done, some were expected, others not so much. Nick was a funny main character and he made me laugh quite a lot, I really enjoyed his sense of humour. The only thing that bothered me a bit was how clueless he was. It took so long for him to realize something that everyone knew. But thank God my ship has sailed and I think it's so cute! As always in Klune's books, the friendships in this one were depicted in an excellent and realistic way. Also you guys, please remember to read the chapter after the acknowledgements. I almost didn't do that and I would have missed something very important that sets a lot in motion for the second book in the series. I cannot wait to read more about Nova City, extraordinaries and this amazing group of friends.

  27. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    I feel like my feelings on this book went up and down as the story went along. There were some pretty great highs (and I mean that not necessarily limited to light hearted delight but also momentsof pure emotion and sadness) and also some middling.. not lows but, like, middles. If you're a fan of Klune's humour, you'll absolutely have a good time. Some passages had me in stitches. If you're a fan of Klune's angst, you probably won't be super satisfied but you'll be content. This is a YA with com I feel like my feelings on this book went up and down as the story went along. There were some pretty great highs (and I mean that not necessarily limited to light hearted delight but also momentsof pure emotion and sadness) and also some middling.. not lows but, like, middles. If you're a fan of Klune's humour, you'll absolutely have a good time. Some passages had me in stitches. If you're a fan of Klune's angst, you probably won't be super satisfied but you'll be content. This is a YA with comedic leanings, so, it's got sufficient heartache but isn't quite on par with the torment the author inflicts in his adult stories. So, while this is a like not a love, I think many readers will love this one. And I will definitely read on in the series. Full review to come. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

    Holy fuck I loved this. Every second of it. I laughed out loud at least ten times, felt way too seen by the ADHD rep, and I'm feeling very protective mom about (nearly) every character 😂 Holy fuck I loved this. Every second of it. I laughed out loud at least ten times, felt way too seen by the ADHD rep, and I'm feeling very protective mom about (nearly) every character 😂

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darcey

    buddy read with my babe Ashley, love ya girl! this was so much fun to buddy read with you :)) xx ahhh T.J. Klune, you've done it again. everyone give this book some love! give Nicky some love! i don't understand the bad reviews on this book! i really don't! it was straight up HILARIOUS, it was ridiculous but in a good way, it talked about moral issues and the grey areas in life, it talked about loss and love, and it was about a non-neurotypical, gay, brilliant, oblivious, naive, sweet teenage boy! buddy read with my babe Ashley, love ya girl! this was so much fun to buddy read with you :)) xx ahhh T.J. Klune, you've done it again. everyone give this book some love! give Nicky some love! i don't understand the bad reviews on this book! i really don't! it was straight up HILARIOUS, it was ridiculous but in a good way, it talked about moral issues and the grey areas in life, it talked about loss and love, and it was about a non-neurotypical, gay, brilliant, oblivious, naive, sweet teenage boy! i LOVED it. i started this thinking that everything was soooo obvious and Nicky (the cutest boy in the world who i want to hug forever) was so oblivious and unaware of everything that it was PAINFUL. but then there were some plot twists. things started changing, characters showed their true colours, and i began to love Gibby, Jazz, Nicky and Seth so much that then everything was painful in a different way. Nicky was the most amazing character. he was amusing, touching and heartbreaking, and i loved his representation as a gay teen with ADHD. i LOVED that the book was from his point of view, and i can't wait for the rest of the series, i love him so much. this book made me laugh out loud, cry, scream, roll around on my bed from happiness and nerves, prepare to punch some people and just cry some more from love. i understand why people didn't like the representation of cops in this, especially with all the recent issues. but i think that that part of the story was done well, and i really loved Nicky's dad, despite his mistakes. still, i can understand why people had issues with that part of the story. nonetheless, i loved this! i recommend this to everyone and everything that can read and knows how to laugh. in fact, scratch that last bit, this book will teach you how to laugh. T.J. Klune is good at that. LOVED IT! thanks for making me read this, Ash hon :)). thanks to you i read this fat-ass novel in 2 days ;)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anaïs

    (2nd read) I really enjoyed this reread because I saw my annotations (which was very funny), and because I already knew the end and what was happening in the second book, I noticed things that I hadn’t paid attention to during my first reading. Rereading The Extraordinaries made me love it even more and confirmed the fact that this book makes me feel really good when I need it (1st read) I have a new favorite book. Edit : a month later I realize that this book literally saved me

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