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The Extraordinaries

(The Extraordinaries #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Tor Teen
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Mar 26, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: mine
Coming May 19, 2020 from Tor Teen.


Cover by David Curtis



Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra.

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
Chaima ✨ شيماء
superheroes? fanfic writers? queerness? this could not be more firmly inside my circle of interests
Jul 19, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
superheroes + gays = bookish perfection

math comes to save the day again
Amy Imogene Reads
Feb 05, 2020 marked it as to-read
This sounds cute and fun! Can’t wait.

Thank you to TOR Teen for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Elise (TheBookishActress)
you know, the phrase "lgbtq fantasy trilogy" says nothing. but also, I'm here for it? so it's fine.

T.J.Klune has done it again; he's written yet another book that has found an immediate place on my "shelf of absolute favorites."

This novel is about teenagers being teenagers; the only difference being they live in a world in which superheroes are a real thing. Nick Bell is a writer of fanfiction that involves superheroes. He's pretty good at it and has a lot of fans online. His best friend, Seth Grey (bf since they met on the swings) betas the fanfiction for him. Nick's other besties are a
Aug 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
Super queer superheroes = SUPERQUEEROES

Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. aka every character by TJ Klune (and Klune himself, but don't tell him)

Also, you can read an excerpt here. And it's amazing.
Benjamin (The Maniac)
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
In this profile, we love everything T.J. Klune writes.
BWT (Belen)
Review and rating to come closer to publication date per request.

"PLEASE do refrain from posting your review on a publicly-available website until no more than 2 WEEKS before the on-sale date."

Advanced Review Galley copy of The Extraordinaries provided by Tor Teen via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I can't leave a review just yet, but just so you know this was beyond perfect, full of angst, pining, puns, tmi about things, and just everything I imagined and so much more!!

RTC closer to the release date!
Jan 21, 2020 added it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication.
Nov 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
i love tj klune. t-minus 196 days.
Feb 12, 2020 marked it as not-yet-released
Feb 12, 2020: I JUST WON A PHYSICAL ARC ON TWITTER FROM TORTEEN!!!!!!!!!!!! I am screaming and squealing and like legit the happiest cupcake!!!!!!! ...more
Claire Navratil
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was seriously good. I was laughing, I was crying, I was screaming, I was all over the place. You might need to buy a box of tissues along with this book.
Feb 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lgbtq, ya, 2020, 2020-to-read
17 February 2020:

Hello? A queer character with ADHD, you say??? SIGN ME UP!!
Mia Sciberras
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? These characters are flawed, at times stupid, mostly wonderful and decidedly teenagers. The queer YA audience is going to love this book and will completely ship the characters.

Wonderfully superqueer and proud of it all
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Some people are Extraordinaries. Some are just extra.

Nicholas Bell lives in a world where Extraordinaries (people with superpowers) exist and he has a huge crush on Nova City's Extraordinary, Shadow Star. He's also very popular in The Extraordinaries' fandom, with his long fanfiction. After an encounter with Shadow Star, Nick decided to do anything in his power to become an Extraordinary like him, dragging his best friends in
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
Feb 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020
Ashley Collins
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first heard of this book, I had a feeling it would be on brand for me. Queer, magical realism, with superheroes and a kid who writes fanfic? SOLD. The cover is also gorgeous, which helped. But I just had a feeling this book was meant for me, and I was so right.

So, you can imagine that when I got approved for this e-ARC on Netgalley, I collectively lost my mind. And picked it up as soon as I finished my current Netgalley read. And then didn't read ANYTHING ELSE until this was done. I read
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was very pleased to be able to read The Extraordinaries in advance of its publication thanks to NetGalley. This was an anticipated treat for me as I'm a fan of a good superhero yarn with a creative spin. I believe this is the author's debut YA novel, and it did not disappoint!

T.J. Klune has a particular talent for character creation. These characters are well fleshed out; while quirky, they feel like they could inhabit actual lives, and you want to root for them. I particularly appreciate that
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
This was a really sweet and fun book. Set in the fictional Nova City in a world where the occasional real-life superhero -- or "Extraordinary" -- exists alongside regular folks, this book tells the story of the delightfully awkward, lovable high school junior, Nick, and his band of queer friends Seth, Gibby, and Lola, as they navigate daily life as things escalate between Extraordinary archnemeses Shadow Star (Nick's celeb crush, about whom he writes fan fiction) and Pyro Storm, who wreak havoc ...more
Margaret Schoen
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a review of an ARC from NetGalley.

3.5 stars

High school student Nick Bell is not extraordinary - but he's definitely extra. When not hanging out with his besties - BFF turned suspiciously buff Seth and adorable couple Gibby and Jazz - he spends his free time writing fanfic about his town's Extraordinaries, the super-powered beings that fight crime and wreak havoc. The writing helps Nick deal with his ADHD, and calm his ever-present worries about the safety of his Dad, a police officer who
Erin Boyington
Sometimes I just need to smile, and this book exists to give me that in spades. I was initially attracted to it because the tagline is "Some people are extraordinary. Some people are just extra." I love people who are extra. And yes, this is another YA contemporary superhero story. But with extra.

The extra-ness comes from Nick Bell, a gay, hyperactive high school boy who spends his time writing nearly a quarter of a million words of fanfic about Shadow Star, Nova City's finest superhero. (And
leo (readyllic)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: special-spot
RATING: 5 Stars


The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune was a humorous tale of love, friendship, family, the wholesome effect of writing stories, admiring someone, and dreaming of becoming more.

Nick and his father had to deal with the grief of losing someone very close to their hearts. Thanks to Shadow Star, a superhero who can manipulate shadows, Nick was plunged into the world of intertwined words. He became famous in the Extraordinary fandom under a pseudonym, writing a fanfiction about
Matthew Galloway
I think part of what makes this novel so brilliant is that Nick's cluelessness invites the reader into his circle of friends, giving us the ability to root alongside them. They, like us, can see much of what's going on. We're all just waiting for that light bulb to pop on in Nick's adorable brain.

Speaking of his brain, I am loving that so many books nowadays are willing to showcase neurodiversity in such a positive way. Nick's friends are able to adore him for who he is instead of thinking
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-released
This will undoubtedly be another favorite from the mind of TJ Klune. Nick brings readers right into his world of fan fiction writing from the beginning. He is an ordinary boy with a fascination of the extraordinary. His life isn’t uncomplicated, though. Dealing with the complex relationship between Nick and his father, a cop who would rather the Extraordinaries leave the crime fighting to the professionals, is sure to be a challenge.

Nick also has his writing. As one of the most popular writers
A. E. Stover
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just read a sneak-peek excerpt on BookishFirst and I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS TO BE IN MY HANDS. Literally the first part of the book is a fic excerpt that looks like it belongs to AO3, and while I knew it was about fic culture, I didn't expect actual fic culture to be represented and BOY, DO I FEEL REPRESENTED. I need to read this so bad ;A;
Megan Manzano
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what to expect when I won a giveaway for this title, but holy crap I loved this book! It was so cute and funny and heartfelt all at once. I devoured it in two days and loved the diverse cast, the blending of superheroes and fanfic, and the friendships/romantic relationships.

I will protect Nick at all costs.
Trish Elizabeth
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 ugh. I am so disappointed with how much I did not like this one. It was very boring and predicable, and while there were some parts I actually found funny, most of the "humorous" dialog just felt like the author was trying too hard.
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