The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
Publication Date: July 14th 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen
Series: The Extraordinaries #1
Blurb: 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 or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).
★ ★ ★ ★/5
The Extraordinaries was an absolute delight of a novel that managed to break me out of a very long reading slump. It follows Nick, a boy who wants desperately to be extraordinary, as he finds himself catching the attention of Nova City’s extraordinaries whilst dealing with a crush on his best friend and constant setbacks in his grand plan.
There’s something so wonderful about Klune’s writing, from his YA to his adult books, it never fails to pull me in and bring these wonderful worlds to life. Given the less than stellar start to the year I’d been in something of a slump for a good while. Although I was still reading, my heart wasn’t in it and I found myself unable to enjoy many books. But then I picked up The Extraordinaries and for the first time in a long time, finished a book in 3 days.
The slowly-burgeoning love between Seth and Nick was such a delight to watch. It warmed my heart. They are awkward and adorable and Nick is utterly oblivious. It took awhile for them, well mainly Nick, to get it together but it was wonderful to watch. Not to mention the friendship group of Nick, Seth, Gibby and Jazz was wonderful. I loved watching their interactions and the ways they support each other etc.
There were a few things that I thought might happen that meant that I wasn’t able to 100% sink into it. I needn’t have worried in the end but expecting those things did mean that it wasn’t quite a five star read.
The Extraordinaries was the distraction I needed from a terrible world and I loved it for it. I definitely recommend it, if you’re in the need for some good, light-hearted fun that doesn’t take itself too seriously with just a dash of angst.
*I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*