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The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
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it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, ya-fiction

4.5 stars. Kindness is an underrated virtue in Young Adult fiction. It's wonderful to have a book about teens who try to right the wrongs in their community both on and offline. I especially enjoyed how the kids shut down trolls by posting positive comments. The subplot about trying to save an addict was a bit of a stretch, but it was a useful plot device to bring their deeds to a wider audience. It was a nice change to see ethnic characters acting as saviors instead of victims. The teen voices sounded genuine and there was a sweet romance. If this book encourages more kindness in the world, it will be a success. Teens need role models like these diverse kids.

My only criticism is that the kids, especially Gordie, seemed a bit too good to be true, which gave the story an after-school-special vibe. A bit more strife amongst group members over whom to aid and more troubles achieving their goals would have been more realistic. The power/funds could corrupt someone. Parents and authority figures could be roadblocks. Setbacks and danger would speed the pace too. Perhaps in the sequel?

I would also recommend Firestone's debut, The Loose Ends List, which is one of my favorite YA novels, with more humor and irreverence.
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Reading Progress

June 14, 2017 – Started Reading
June 14, 2017 – Shelved
June 14, 2017 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
June 14, 2017 – Shelved as: ya-fiction
June 14, 2017 –
page 65
June 15, 2017 –
page 147
June 17, 2017 –
page 240
June 18, 2017 – Finished Reading

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