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 (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).
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer’s Renegades in T.J. Klune’s YA debut.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for giving the chance of reading an early copy of this book!
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 fan fiction about Shadow Star and his hot as hell rival.
The relationship between Nick and his father was both hilarious and heartwarming. The funny conversations they had made me laugh out loud. Their connection became rocky in the middle of the story, but I guess that made it realistic. The trials they faced, together and apart, made their personalities and hearts strong.
The story also portrayed a wonderful painting of friendship. Nick’s friends were a unique and relatable bunch. They were my spirit animals. Their bond was a food for the soul. Despite Nick’s ridiculous ideas, they stayed with him, supported him no matter what. Jazz, Gibby, and Seth—they are forever engraved in my heart.
Then, there was the fluffy romance that added so many colors to the pages. The awkwardness was cute, the frustration was killing me in the sweetest ways possible. I wanted to slap one of them for being so dense, and hit their heads together for a wake-up call. Loved it!
Aside from these, mystery started to appear as the story progressed. The action intensified, feelings were slowly showing. Theories filled my mind, and that plot twist at the end blew me away. The build-up, the transition from here to there was flawlessly executed. T.J. Klune’s writing was simple yet effective, making me want to read more.
For those who love superhero stories with a splash of hearts in seven shades, then this story is a must read!