Review: The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone_ @CLLFirestone @TheNovl

31078124Published: June 6th 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown BfYR

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Format: ARC via NOVL 

My Rating: 4 Stars

Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

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 with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

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Review

I kicked off my Summer reading back in April, so I’ve been drowning in contemporary. Particularly, YA contemporary. The Unlikelies was a quick and fun read. While the beginning was traumatic, the story itself brought about diverse characters and unquestionable loyalty among the group. How likely would the situations these kids found themselves in happen in the real world? Not likely, but I enjoyed the story for what it was. It is fiction after all.

Sadie is a character that I think everyone should meet. She is so relatable because she reminds me of my co-worker, Shekanah. The one who loves to brighten your day, even when you don’t want to smile. She is so thoughtful and seems way more mature for her age. No wonder she hung out with the seniors. What happens to Sadie in this story is very heartbreaking. And the aftermath is even more so. I love that the author addressed racism where Sadie’s character is concerned; and also how wrong the idiots dishing it out were. Sadie isn’t even Arab! 

The fun side to this story involves Sadie and a few of her Homegrown Hero friends on a good samaritan mission. I can’t explain the Homegrown Hero without spoiling anything but……. I spent the first half of the book wondering if people actually do this sort of thing. And if so, why aren’t they doing it in my neck of the woods?!! These kids are so complex. Even just getting to know them through Sadie’s eyes you get good characterizations. They set out to do some good, starting with bullies, but end up on the wrong side of Izzy’s heroin addiction. Along with all of this, there’s also time for romance.

 Another thing that I loved about this are the parents. Yes, people, we have parents!! And Sadie’s parents are just what this story needed. Also, grandparents are involved in Sadie’s life. It is so rare to read YA these days and have attentive adults running amok. So, props to the author for delivering.

The Unlikelies is the perfect summer read. I read it in one sitting, if that tells you anything. I enjoyed the story and all the messages it delivered. I definitely recommend picking this one up if you enjoy this genre.

4-stars

Review: Bang by Barry Lyga @TheNovl @lbkids

31420736Published: April 18th 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Source: ARC via NOVL for review

My Rating: 4.25 Stars

A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend–Aneesa–to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

It took a gun to get him into this.

Now he needs a gun to get out.

Unflinching and honest, Bang is as true and as relevant as tomorrow’s headlines, the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed.

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Blog Tour: Making Faces by Amy Harmon -Review+Giveaway

27237358Title: Making Faces

Author: Amy Harmon

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: The Spencer Hill Press release will have Bonus Content never before available.

Ambrose Young was beautiful. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have . . . until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

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