The Extraordinaries by T. J. Klune
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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).
The Extraordinaries is the comedic queer superhero novel everyone needs to read! This book is amazing, it’s one of those five star reads that becomes almost impossible to describe or explain. I am honestly lost for words with The Extraordinaries, every part of it was just exceptional. I switched between the eBook and audiobook for this novel and the audiobook narrator was hilarious, he somehow managed to add another level of hilarity to the story so I would most definitely recommend checking out the audiobook. If you’re in need of cheering up, a soft fantasy novel or some humour , then The Extraordinaries will fit the bill perfectly. I haven’t read a novel as funny as T. J. Klune’s YA debut in quite a while.
The story starts with Nick, the main character’s, fanfiction upload, Nick is obsessed with Shadow Star, Nova City’s superhero and so he writes fanfiction detailing Shadow Star and a young guy’s romance. Nick is a quirky, funny and nerdy teenage boy who can be incredibly awkward but also very compassionate. Nick has ADHD and to me, as someone who isn’t all that aware of all that ADHD entails, I found this novel and the portrayal of Nick’s ADHD to be very educational and informing, the own voices representation of ADHD really shines through. Erasing the stigma around neurodiversity is so important and own voices novels like The Extraordinaries are paving the way.
Overall the plot of The Extraordinaries is very fast paced and character driven, for majority of the novel I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if my conspiracy theories regarding the superheroes and Nick were true, I definitely guessed a few plot points early on but the novel continued to make me doubt myself and there was a huge surprise I did not see coming at the end! The Extraordinaries takes your average superhero story, gives it a few twists, an almost entirely queer cast and the most adorably awkward teenage boy as a main character and delivers an amazing novel. I could not recommend this book enough, I loved it so much!
This was my first foray into the world of T. J. Klune but most certainly won’t be my last, not by a long shot! I can’t wait to get my hands on The Extraordinaries 2 (which is already with the publishers!!) but in the meantime I’ll be picking up The House in the Cerulean Sea so keep an eye out for a review of that one soon! If you haven’t purchased a copy of The Extraordinaries yet I recommend that you change that as soon as possible, you won’t regret purchasing a copy of this laugh a minute read.
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