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The Unlikelies

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,178 ratings  ·  277 reviews
One good deed will change everything.

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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Little, Brown and Company
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Cristina Monica
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I absolutely loved Carrie Firestone’s debut novel, ‘‘The Loose Ends List,’’ because it was a breath of fresh air; it was original and discussed topics I don’t see being discussed in many YA reads.

It was the perfect summer read for me. So imagine my excitement when her second novel came out. But this is completely different from her debut. Even the main characters have very distinct voices.

The writing is the same, but that’s pretty much all the two novels have in common. While I admit the main
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
Chelsies Reading Escape
I wouldn't have picked this up if I hadn't received an ARC of it because I dont read contemporary. Thankfully, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I probably would have rated this higher if I was into contemporary. Dont let the cover fool you its not exactly a fluffy book. The ice cream represents the main characters fathers job. This book had a lot of wonderful diversity and it focused on important themes like bullying and helping others.

I was really worried the author wouldnt portray add
Aj the Ravenous Reader
A group of random do-gooders ban together first just to hang out because it’s summer and it’s boring but then later, they actually start doing good deeds starting with trolling the trollers online and sending positive words to victims of trolls and eventually actually sending small gifts (care packages) to the victims and later on to the trolls themselves (to smother them with kindness). And soon, the vigilante group’s endeavors spread practically globally even causing the busting of big drug ne ...more
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
DNF at 25%

I really thought that I was going to enjoy this one, but it just isn't what I expected at all. I just had a hard time getting into this one. The plot just seemed to drag for me. Also, the cover is a bit misleading for those looking for a fluffy contemporary.
Kelly Brigid ♡
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Sometimes it seems like I'm a sponge, like I absorb people's moods.”

The Unlikelies wasn’t what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised! I typically consider it to be risky on the author’s part, to create a novel with a large group of friends. More often than not, a few of these individuals are underdeveloped, hollow bodies, who provide scarcely anything intriguing to the plot. Thankfully this wasn’t the case for The Unlikelies! I loved the diverse and well-developed set of charac
Sherwood Smith
Mar 11, 2017 added it
Shelves: fiction
Sadie is a high school junior who hung out with the seniors, as her own class was full of losers. The summer after she said goodbye to them all, including her bestie, she goes to work at a local fruit and veg stand--at least, she starts the summer doing that. Then comes the Incident. Which changes everything.

Sadie is our narrator, fiercely observant, full of big questions, full of heart. She ends up at a community lunch where she meets some other local teens. The group of them get together, and
Juliana Mills
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished reading an ARC of The Unlikelies, and it was every bit as good as I hoped it would be. Fans of Firestone's previous book, The Loose Ends List, will recognize her snappy dialogue and use of a large and varied cast of characters. The Unlikelies, however, is a little lighter in tone – a true summer tale. I have no doubt it will be a great vacation read once it hits bookstores in June.

The Unlikelies brings us five Hamptons teens, thrown together at a Homegrown Heroes luncheon hono
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book. With the outrageous amount of hate being thrown around may it be on social media or real life, this is exactly what we need to read right now. I can't even begin to explain how much I loved this.

Never stop writing, Carrie Firestone.
Five teens spend the summer between their junior and senior year confronting bullies and shutting down drug rings....what could be more awesome. The book has been compared to The Breakfast Club, but I don't find that a fair comparison because not one of these five characters is a stereotype--not even from the beginning. The narrator, Sadie Sullivan (who is half Iranian, half Irish, all American), begins her summer recovering from injuries attained taking down a baby kidnapper. For that feat, she ...more
Karen Fortunati
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You'll need to add THE UNLIKELIES to your TBR list asap. It's spectacular! Like her debut novel, THE LOOSE ENDS LIST, Firestone concocts an absolute blast of a story with vivid characters, sharp dialogue and even sharper humor. But this is much more than a tale about an "unlikely" crew who bonds over acts of guerrilla kindness to counter the pervasive trolling/hate. (Note - that alone is enough to set this story apart - this rebellion for decency and respect and acceptance.) Firestone dives deep ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This book is full of vibe and feels that are perfect as a summer read. I’ve heard and seen this book so many times in the book community, and I think it lives up to the hype - ALMOST.

Personally, I’d give this book 3.5 stars. It’s pretty close to 4 stars and technically in terms of writing or pacing and the like - this book certainly deserves 4 stars, but it just wasn’t a straight-up 4 star book, at least for me.

The premise is certainly interesting and engaging. There is actually ONE MORE THING t
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Unlikelies is a beautiful story about five unlikeliest of teens. That come together and despite all their different backgrounds they just work. This book is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. The Unlikelies is exactly what we need in the world right now. The characters are well written and very relatable. I felt myself connecting to each of the main characters. The Unlikelies provokes thought and emotions but most importantly inspiration. I found myself getting sad when the p ...more
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Though this is not my usual genre, I loved this book.

An incredibly diverse cast, all with their own issues to resolve, beautifully blended with a story about standing for kindness and fighting hatred and bullies. I loved that each character had their flaws and battles to fight.

Though it's a summer friendship, budding romance, senior year of high school is coming YA book, The Unlikelies has heart, soul and a unique nature that really sets it apart.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
In short, I will read anything Carrie Firestone writes. Her books are filled with emotion and leave you feeling like a better person than when you started. Thank you NetGalley!
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a digital ARC from NetGalley; all opinions are my own!
A 5-Star-Must-READ! This book has it all and bared it all! The "Unlikelies" are a group of mavericks with the simple goal of bringing kindness to the forefront of every day life and their unique kinship is born after each teen is honored for an extraordinary act of kindness in their hometown. The five teens simply begin by trolling websites for rude and nasty comments, replacing them with kindness and then asking others to join the
Jennifer Lyon
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good read for high schoolers. Seeing Sadie take courage and do what she felt was the right thing to do was impactful. That action lead to her being nominated for the Homegrown Hero Award. The HHA luncheon led her to 4 other teens being given the same award, all for vastly different volunteer reasons. I really liked how they were able to bond and form an amazing friend group, the Unlikelies, especially when they had almost nothing in common to begin with other than helping people ...more
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
This is a light, summer read featuring positive teen hijinks and sugary sweet romance. A solid, fun read.
Samantha (WLABB)
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya, 2017diversereads
Rating: 3.5 stars

After saying goodbye to all her graduating friends, Sadie expects her pre-senior summer to be long and lonely. Then, she is catapulted to a new status, when she performs a heroic act, and is honored for her actions. At the recognition luncheon, Sadie forms an unlikely friendship with four of the other "homegrown heroes". Together these five teens embark on a revolution of kindness, trying to covertly right some wrongs.

This book was in the right place at the right time, because I
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc

Full review to be posted!!
mindful.librarian ☀️
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Sadie and her friends are the rare breed of fictional teens that make readers actually want to be different and stand out from the crowd. As they cope with their shared do-gooder status bestowed upon them by their communities, they bond over a desire to rid the world of internet trolls and real life "lizards", eventually engaging in both innocent care package drop-offs and dangerous rescue missions at drug houses.

I was instantly captivated by the premise of this book, and the impact it can have
Date A Book
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary-ya
The True Colour of Forever is our August Book of the Month!

We tried to make paper cranes for the release (and didn't do too well...we need a bit more practice).

Check out the teaser video here - with more videos from the Date a Book team on the way.

And remember: Choose Kindness.
Amena  (Nerd in New York)
Title: The Unlikelies

Author: Carrie Firestone

Rating: 3 Stars

3 stars, I do recommend it in the short run. But in the long run, not really because it can get pretty boring.
Full review to be posted on 7/27/17

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Interesting Story - The thing that attracted me more to this book (other than the delicous cover) was the the blurb, and the story line. Sadie's life changes when she saves a baby, and risks her life while doing it. After the incident Sadie gets invited
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This was a super cute, pick-me-up sort of story. Sadie is just a nice girl who happens to do a nice thing for someone (and sure, kind of risks her life in the process) when she's suddenly catapulted into the media spotlight. She gets nominated as a "hometown hero", and through that is introduced to four other people her age. They're all very different, which is nice, but they come togeth ...more
Nicole M. Hewitt
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

The Unlikelies was not exactly the book I was expecting it to be, but in some ways it was better. I was expecting it to be mostly a story about how Sadie and her friends are trying to right wrongs in their community—and it was about that a bit, but really it was more about Sadie discovering that she can move on after she loses the things in her life that she defined herself with—mainly her relationship with her best fr
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book follows five teenagers who are embarking upon the summer between Junior and Senior year. The book is told from the point of view of Sadie who is friends with a large amount of seniors that are leaving for college. Sadie's best friend will be going to tennis camp and then going off to college so she is basically stuck working at the fruit stand for the summer. Sadie's summer takes a drastic turn when she steps in to help a child in need.

The story-line is super cute that the author crea
Caitlin Christensen

Last year, Carrie Firestone’s The Loose Ends List was definitely on my top books of 2016 list. It was uproariously unrepentant and unprecedented in its premise. So I was on the edge of my seat going into The Unlikelies. I didn’t read the blurb before I started so I went into blind, and I would highly recommend that because it was SO. MUCH. FUN. to dive in and discover all the twists and turns without any expectations. Right from the start it grabbed me and I didn’t let go. Seriously, I’m going t
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Unlikelies was such a fun read! I took it with me on vacation and it made for a good road trip read. I am a sucker for books that are compared to the Breakfast Club, so I was thrilled when I was sent an ARC from The Novl. (Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!)

The description also of course pulled me in as well. It sounded right up my alley and it totally was! Sadie becomes famous when a video of her rescuing a baby goes viral. From that day everything chang
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I had mixed feelings on this one... some stuff I liked, some stuff annoyed me. Somewhere between 2.5 to 3 stars I guess? Would recommend her other book, The Loose Ends List more so than this one. ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.5* This was a sweet story. The characters were diverse and the subject approached in a quirky way. I really enjoyed this book. Full review on the blog!
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