The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
Reviewed by Ginny
**We picked up an ARC of this at ALA Midwinter. We’d like to thank TJ and Tor Teen for the opportunity to read and review in advance. This book comes out on July 14th and you can get it here or at your local independent bookstore.**
What I drank prior: wine, mostly white wine.
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.
Drunk Overview: a more realistic world with superheroes. Nate…. I mean Nick has ADHD, a total of 3.5 friends, and a cop father. Also he wants to be an Extraordinary/superhero. His best friend Simon, and ex Owen don’t get along and he doesnt know why and the world keeps getting complicated
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this book is YA, and for me had some pretty obvious plot twists but was still pretty darn enjoyable.
Characters: I play anlot of d&d and one of the fun things to do is to play oblivious characters. And boy is Nick oblivious. Hes so focused on his fanfiction and the superhero that he doesnt understand why everyone sighs about his obvious love for his bestie. But the characters all felt fully fleshed out. And Nick’s oblivious character made up for any character flatness because in his mind those were the boxes people were in. It was kind of an awesome way to set up an unreliable narrator. I also really enjoyed the aduly characters in this story. They were all funny and yet distinct.
Plot: I think the plot was my least favorite part of this book. I was less than halfway through when I told Sam this book could have been 200 pafes shorter. There was a lot of oblivious Nick, and plotlines that were just supposed to raise suspense… it didnt feel like it had 100% weight.
Writing Style: the fanfiction in this was written in the style of a kid, so that worked well, it did follow a lot of Nick’s thought patterns which meant there was some disjointed info. It made sense for the book but isnt my favorite narrative structure.
World building: not my favorite. The world didn’t seem to be built with previous superheroes in mind, but made sense otherwise.
What to pair it with: black cherry Mikes Hard. Easy drink with a twist
Rating: 3/5 Shots