Author: Carrie Firestone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral. more
There were a lot of great things going on this novel, which no one can deny once they read through and see all the heroic and life changing moments that fill these pages. All that good in this book and issues that many of the characters went through is why I kept reading through The Unlikelies. Even so, it wasn’t always what I expected and at times felt like it went a little over-the-top with situations Sadie and the other “homegrown heroes” were involved with.
It also took me a good while to even get a feel with Sadie’s character as I sometimes found her insensitive in the comments she made or thought, such as automatically assuming her coworker (which is shown to be a good person herself) had a “crusty” cold sore due to herpes or constantly calling someone she disliked or couldn’t stand as a gadfly or ruffian out loud to anyone who would hear. Several sentences later, Sadie was doing something selfless and considerate of whomever was in front of her, it just didn’t fit in with the other persona that was also being portrayed.
That was something I put aside often though as there was much good going on in this book, including helping out others like Greg O. who was made fun of because of his love of everything Mayans, yet Sadie and the rest of the hometown heroes made it a point to leave as many appreciative comments on his blog as possible, or getting onto the school’s slam page and leaving several positive comments about those being put down.
I came to enjoy reading more about the other characters that were a part of The Unlikelies, like Gordie who was honestly a really good guy, along with Jean and Val whom quickly became favorites of mine. It was great the things that they all did for others, all the good Samaritan things that they were accomplishing as a team. Though, I did feel some settings they were placed in were extremely dangerous and didn’t seem realistic at all.
This novel had just as many great parts as conflicting ones, at least it felt that way to me as the reader. I wasn’t expecting it to be such a serious read with the cover being more summer friendly, but it kept me interested, everything they all represented as a group, as the Unlikelies. It wasn’t a lighthearted, fluffy summer read, but it was an empowering one, to stop being the bully, stop standing around without doing something about the issues that keep arising right in front of each of us. I can’t say it was one of my favorites of the year, but I did appreciate what it all stood for.
***I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program. All opinions are my own.***