Title: The Unlikelies
Author: Carrie Firestone
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
One good deed will change everything.
Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral.
As she’s recovering from “the incident” and adjusting to her Internet fame, Sadie receives an invitation to a lunch honoring teem homegrown heroes. The five honorees instantly connect and soon decide to spend their time together righting local wrongs. Sadie and her new friends embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend. Are good intentions enough to hold unlikely friendships—and an even unlikelier new romance—together?
Source: Public library
After reading and really enjoying Carrie Firestone’s debut novel, The Loose Ends List, I knew I needed to read more of her work. As proven by both novels, Firestone is great at creating realistic characters and teaching readers to appreciate what they have. If you couldn’t already tell, I loved this book of hers too- and I know I won’t hesitate to pick up other future publications of hers!
For a brief plot summary, The Unlikelies follows a high schooler named Sadie. During the summer, she obtains a job at a local farm stand. When she encounters a baby in distress, she reaches out to help her, risking getting physically hurt, and her good deed is recognized all over the internet. She then gets invited to attend a luncheon for local teenage heroes- and there she meets a new group of friends. Together, they all conquer more and more amazing deeds.
From the second I started reading, Sadie’s presence warmed my heart as she had such an altruistic, kind soul. From handing out personalized gifts at her friend’s graduation to risking her life for a baby’s, Sadie was an extremely thoughtful and selfless character.
In addition to Sadie being incredibly sweet, the group of friends she met equated to her altruism. I just adored their friendship! Every good deed they did, including helping out one of their friends who was strugglingly addicted to heroin, warmed my heart. Everyone truly deserves a squad as supportive as theirs! #squadgoals!
To sum it all up, although it was slowly paced, this underrated book belongs in the hands of many more readers for them to realize that good deeds process even more good deeds. The amazing characters develop immensely by the end of the story and the writing style is also great! One setback, however, is that the cover misleads readers into thinking that this story is super light and fluffy, but it does have quite a bit of unexpected substance. If you’re into doing good for the world and enjoy inspiring stories about friendship, then The Unlikelies is your likely match!