The Breakfast Club meets The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks in this utterly captivating story of five teens who decide to choose kindness. 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 of vigilante good Samaritanism with their friendshipsand anonymityintact? This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I devoured Carrie Firestone's debut novel, The Loose Ends List, and I enjoyed The Unlikelies just as much! Firestone has a gift for balancing REALLY heavy topics with quality family time and coming-of-age angst, as well as first love. This is a book that takes on bullying and it's a nice perspective on how kindness can be infused into every action, no matter how heroic or how simple. It's a book all teens should read because kindness matters. Highly, highly recommend.
I loved Carrie Firestone's debut book, so when I saw she had another coming out, I had to have it. I couldn't wait to see what other bizarre subject she could come up with in this one. And I was not disappointed. Sadie is in for a summer of reading on her front porch, when things drastically change for her. She ends up rescuing a baby and the news of her goes viral quickly. Soon she's invited to a luncheon that honors people that have helped others. It's there that she meets a new group of friends. Soon they start in a friendship unlike any they've ever been in before. Just like her other book, although it was listed as realistic fiction, it didn’t really seem to be that way. The events that happened were a bit outlandish. I could see some of the things, but most things that happened were too much for me. And yet, that’s what made the story exciting for me. I can’t see myself being as hooked to it as I would have been without those “extra” parts. Also, just like last time, I loved Firestone’s writing style. She’s an awesome storyteller. I’m not a huge fan of books that feature teens and drugs (personal family member reasons) but at the same time, the way she tells the story made me care more about the overall story, than just that one plot line. I could just enjoy the story versus worry about one part in it. By the cover I was expecting this book to be fluffy and summery, and to an extent it was. But there were some instances that really threw me for a loop. Firestone is great at telling stories and writing words and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!
I was intrigued by the synopsis, so I was pretty excited to get into it. First off, I loved Sadie. Her inner monologue is fantastic. The entire group of characters are interesting and good and I loved how different everyone was. Oh, and Sadie's parents are straight up awesome. Plot wise, it was heartbreaking and hopeful and a sort of superhero story based in real life. Nothing seemed ridiculous or unrealistic. My only complaint is that I wanted just a bit more from the ending, but this slice of time really worked for the story. Overall, it was a quick read that kept me captivated from the beginning. **Huge thanks to The Novl for providing the arc free of charge**