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The Unforgettables

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Back home in Chicago, Paul Hiroshima had it all.

Popularity, charming looks and a talent for the arts that made him admired by his peers. Moving to Portland, Maine the summer before his senior year was going to change all that. With his city life behind him, there was definitely no reason to make the best out of a bad situation—that is, until he meets the amazing Felicia Ab
Published September 12th 2016
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Norah Una Sumner

My Queens are back with another great YA book! I absolutely devoured this adorable, nerdy and completely realistic novel about Paul and Felicia. They are fun, interesting, with different views on life, religion, culture, love – all the topics that teenagers explore and that are not that included in many YA books. It was a great adventure to read from their points of view and thinking about many things that they did – were they right or were they wrong, should they’ve done that or not. I love the
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
YA contemporary are one of my favorite genres. I love seeing teenagers navigate their adolescent years. However, this genre lacks the narrative of teens of color. After a while, I’ve gotten tired of how affluent white heterosexual have it rough. There’s no spark anymore. The Unforgettables deviate from that mainstream exclusion.

In this novel, we have a Haitian-American protagonist named Felicia. She comes from a family of three. She’s nerdy and filled with angst. As of right now, her parents don
sil ♡ the book voyagers
1000% recommend this book to everyone. The Unforgettables is a sweet YA contemporary that revolved around a friendship between these two kids and their lives after just one kiss.

What you can expect when you read this book:
~ Haitian heroine who loves comics and videogames and manga and lots of geeky stuff
~ Japanese-Welsh hero that has dyslexia and wears hipsters clothes aND HE'S A HIP-HOP DANCER
~ Family traditions, religion, siblings and PERFECT FAMILIES OK
~ LGBT+ rep. (Gay, bisexual, transgende
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Okay, first things first. My copy was free and unproofed but that's all. Now, on to the review.

Let me be honest, I fangirl very hard over the twin sister writing duo G.L. Tomas. When I despair over the slut shaming, bad boy worshipping, colorism, Bechtel fail and other assorted fuckwittery that seems to plague far too much of New Adult and romance books in general, I know that my happy buttons will always be pressed when I fall into the spell of one of their tales. Of course, I freely admit to n
M. Hollis
"With that kiss, I was free to finally be myself instead of the person I pretended so long that I was. I wasn't the perfect person and I wasn't the perfect daughter, and now I understand that that was okay. I had to start letting my heart guide me in the right direction, otherwise, I'd never find the bravery to do something like that again."

Where do I even start with this book? It's hard sometimes to honor a book you loved so much in just a short review.

So like I always do in my emails... Guinev
Musings of A Romance Junkie
Another hit by author G.L. Tomas! This author (or should I say authors because the G and L are twin sisters. How cool is that? Anyway…) has yet to disappoint me. The writing is always on point-fresh, current, witty, and relatable. I admit, I am not a huge fan of YA (not to be confused with NA), but I was delightfully surprised and thoroughly entertained throughout the entire story.

Another thing to note when you read a GL Tomas story is you can always expect to receive a lesson or two about other
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
'The Unforgettables' will remind you of the connection you had with you best friend ever, no judgement, only support, understanding and mutual interests. Since I work with children and teenagers I generally don't recommend them books that talk a lot about sex, since their parents may mind that. But in this case it's different' The characters in the book have very different but very important approach towards the topic of first intercourse. Paul is aware of the fact that having this sort of relat ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Say what now???!!!!

Okay, I was introduced to this author this week and I have to say that this is by far my favorite story of theirs (the author is actually twin sisters writing under a pseudonym). Why?

First off, a Haitian girl is the main character in a YA IR book! Why is that a big deal for me?! Because representation matters. The authors took the time to actually not just say she was Haitian in passing but actually put Kreyol in it (although I would quibble with the way certain things were wr
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, watching this duo cope and adjust through their lives of young adulthood. It took me a little longer than I would have liked to finish this just because it brought a few memories of my own experiences in high school and growing up to find my own way in the world. These two develop a remarkable friendship, as they're on a path to self discovery, young love and heartbreak. This includes their alter egos, 8th Wonder and Sidekick Supreme. It was a refreshing and angsty read.

And s
Maf (Bookworm Wanders)
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I adore stories of first love, but it's kinda hard to find one suited to my discerning palate (lol) in the YA category, which is why I'm over the moon thrilled to have discovered the dynamo duo that is G. L. Tomas.
I just love their quirky, unexpected characters and fresh stories.

Paul, Paul, Paul. He's a beautiful creature, a duality of outgoing and sensitive, and was the perfect foil for our dearest Felicia.
Felicia, a stubborn, glorious teenager, with all the the requisite trappings of adolesc
*****Actual rating. 4.5 stars. Originally posted here here on my blog. May contain spoilers. *****

So, when I heard G.L. Tomas newest book was about two superhero/comic booking loving friends who decided to give themselves alter egos and pair up as a formidable duo, naturally I jumped and squealed at the chance like any normal person would. What I loved so much about this book was the fact that the main characters Felicia and Paul were nearly polar opposites. Aside from their mutual love for comi
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I picked up this book because I really thought that the book description is very good and it holds a lot of promise. Very cryptic and cliche actually but it does not give justice to the book! At the time that I wasn't reading it yet, I already knew that I was going to relate to this very much.

I thought the beginning of the book was quite slow, it was after the first quarter of the book that I realized what the point of the novel was. But as the story goes, I was getting into it, and I finished t
Rosie J.
The day that Felicia meets Paul is a day that she will never forget -- it changes her life. Fast friends and tight bonding over HitBoy and Slash/Girl, the pair become inseparable, best friends. Though they have strong feelings for one another they aren't quick to reveal them. Only after an impulsive, impromptu kiss does Paul know that Felicia might like him in a less than brotherly way. The kiss confuses and complicates things between them as they don't know how to navigate being friends that mo ...more
I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was fast-paced and easy to read and SO MUCH FUN!!! I just loved it. Let me break it down a little bit:
1. Geeky Haitian girl and Japanese-Welsh boy (who's dyslexic) meet in a sale where they both want the same comic book. (ok cute!!)
2. Both their families are heavily cultured, strict in their own ways, but I LOVED the familial relationships in this book. (Especially Paul's father, he was just so damn funny to me and ado
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

Massive kudos to the huge amount of diversity that was so effortlessly included into this story - diverse ethnicity being the most important one, but also mentions of a transgender girl, boys who like dancing and dressing well, eating habits, etc. For that reason alone, anyone who's looking for diverse reads should give this one a try, despite my lower rating.

I just didn't like the storyline. I never really fell in love with any of the characters, and, despite the promise of a very nerd
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First time ever reading a book a by G.L. Tomas and I truly enjoyed it . ( Like I legit read this book in one setting. I just couldn't put it down.) Two teens who are completely different, Paul a more out going socially and Felicia being more of a introvert. But despite all of that they found common ground in a comic books.
This book dealt with typical teenage drama, but with cute and witty dialouge sprinkle throughout. What i find intriguing, G.L. was able to put the culture differences and relig
Olivia Chanel's Stories in Space
I love this story so so much. Paul and Felicia's story is messy, beautiful, complex and absolutely amazing. I want to live in it forever, it's about so much more than just first love. It's about friendship, communication, family, acceptance and finding who you are and who you want to be. This YA book really delivered, it's a book that I feel is genuine and one that I am sure will have people fangirling as much as I did. I even cried at the end, but I'm a big sap so I guess that's why. If I have ...more
Lulu (the library leopard)
Pretty cute! Also very nerdy, which I approve of. Also some nice diversity (Paul is Japanese-Welsh, Buddhist, and dyslexic, and Felicia is Haitian). It did feel rather unedited in some places (some instances of tense switches, some awkward sentences, questions without question marks, etc.), the sex scenes felt a little sudden & underwritten, and some of the side characters felt a little underwritten. Still, an appealing love story.
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This was pretty cute! But I was hoping for more is there a book 2 I hope
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely read

Really enjoyed this book. I loved the campy geeky overtones. I also adore the way that this book explained both Paul and Felicia's respective cultures. Seriously a great book for the weekend. Well put together and as always a joy to read.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Meet Felicia, AKA a piece of fictional me out in the bookish world: awkward, anti-social, and kind of an outcast. It is no wonder why I immediately beeline towards cute contemporary novels (I always make a point to mention Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame because that book! Is! Cute! Cue exclamation points and squealing.).

Side note: I haven'
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ya

I Floved this book! It had all the ingredients for a fantastic YA diverse romantic read.

At first I wasn’t really digging it. It started off a bit slow and jumped around quite a bit. And the sex scene was quite awkward for me to read honestly. But then I realized that that’s exactly how high school was. So it started to make sense the more I read.

Paul was a pretty easy going character and I could relate to his being the new kid in school. I went to eight di
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a charming story- there is no other word I can think of at the moment to describe it.
It was a story about friendship, and love, and all the intricate ways life can get messy and confusing when both get intertwined.
The depiction of teenagers was spot-on (and while it's something that some readers find annoying, as I often see in reviews, it's something that I have come to appreciate). I also enjoyed the family dynamics. I liked that both families seemed different from each other while
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I'm not really sure how to start this review because I don't really have strong feelings for it one way or the other. It was kind of a forgettable and lackluster read. There was a lot of diversity: Felicia is Haitian-American and Paul is half-Japanese and Buddhist. I liked the whole comic book neediness thing. I am not a huge comic book person myself, but it was a change of pace. The characters were fine and the secondary charac
Review also posted on Samodivas

I received a free advanced copy from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s the start of summer and Felicia Abelard is on the hunt for something treasurable in the neighbourhood tag sales. Meanwhile, Paul Hiroshima and his family have recently moved in from Chicago, Illinois. The two meet when both of them reach for the same stack of comics featuring their favourite superhero duo. Felicia and Paul quickly become friends after that, b
Oct 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Stars (Out of 10): 1/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: Some of you may be shocked at how low this book was, as I usually tend to give books pretty high scores. However, while the beginning of the book originally had me leaning towards 5/10 (an eh plot with eh characters), it’s rating dropped very abruptly very quickly after around 60%. The quality of the book seemed to fall, as well as plot realisticness and character likeability. In addition, the ending nullified every single conflict in the book basic
Keep Calm Novel On
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
The Goodreads group We YA Books provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

G. L. Tomas’ Young Adult Romance The Unforgettables is a refreshing read as it reflects multicultural families and experiences. The setting feels like the real world—a mosaic of cultures and religions.

Being a teenager can be difficult at the best of times. Paul has moved from Chicago to a small town. Felicia is his neighbor. She is a loner. Their friendship feels natural. Both characters have positive id
Chasia Lloyd
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
G.L. Tomas does it again! Sets me up to think this is one kind of book and slaps me so good with a different kind of book! The Unforgettables lives up to its name - I won't be forgetting about this YA contemporary anytime soon.

- Dual POV: Paul, a Japanese/Welsh artist who is the new kid in town & Felicia, a Haitian-American with no friends who is a huge comic book nerd
- Fleshed out secondary characters (Julia, Kevin, and Nala are especially amazing)
- Humorous, fresh writing
- Nerdy references gal
Deborah Sastroredjo
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved, loved, loved, loved this book!
I don't even know where to start. Paul was perfect. He wasn't some teenage jerk (although he did some stuff normal teenage guys do to mess stuff up) and he had his flaws, but he wasn't some perfect wannabe like you'd see in most YA books.
Felicia wasn't perfect either, she was perfect to him, but her flaws were laid out there for all of us to see. It just made them more likeable.
I loved the comic book/hero element in the story, without making them people th
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When they're not spending their time crafting swoon-worthy heroes, they're battling alien forces in other worlds but occasionally take days off in search of mom and pop spots that make amazing pasteles and tostones fried to perfection.

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