The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune
Series: The Extraordinaries #1
Format: Audiobook provided by Macmillan Audio
Top 3 Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult, LGBT
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
To buy the book: CA • US • FR• Bookdep •Audible
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Hey bookdragons! Are you looking for your next audiobook? A perfect Summer read? Look no further, I have found what you need: The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune. I was already obsessed with his other 2020 book, The House in the Cerulean Sea, so of course, I HAD to try his 2020 YA novel: The Extraordinaries. And it was SO GOOD!
MacmillanAudio · The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune, audiobook excerpt
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).
I thought it was more fitting for this book (and I hope Nick would appreciate it :p), to make a bullet point review 😉
So here is what you can expect in The Extraordinaries (and why you should read it!)
- the humor: this book is so so funny! I laughed and smiled a lot while listening to it, it was actually the only time I was happy to wear a mask, so people didn’t wonder who was this strange lady laughing by herself on the street haha
- neurodivergent rep: Nick, the main character, is a young teen boy with ADHD. If I am not wrong (but maybe I am please let me know), TJ Klune also has ADHD, which I think made the representation so so great! I had never read a character making me understand ADHD as Nick did. Of course, it is not all he is, but it helped me understand his reactions to things, his fragilities, and his strengths.
- all the queerness! and again, casual queerness: like with the House in the Cerulean sea, this is not a coming-out story. Nick is gay, he has two lesbian very close friends (Gibby and Jazz and I love them to pieces), and a bi best friend (Seth).
- friendship goals: the relationship between Nick, Gibby, Jazz, and Seth is amazing. The author spends a lot of time developing them and giving us background info on how they became so close, and that’s where the funniest parts of the book were. I really loved all of these characters and can’t wait to see more of them ❤
- superheroes: TJ Klune has a talent to bring the supernatural into our real world. He does it like it’s the most natural thing that we have superheroes. He doesn’t spend too long on the how and the why, it is not a new thing that everybody is questioning or a focus of the story. It’s just there, part of it, and I think that this integration really opens doors to a lot of possibilities writing-wise (such as Nick writing fanfiction on a superhero he will actually end up meeting for real!)
- grief and loss: Nick lost his mom and has only his dad left, their relationship is not always the best, they can struggle to communicate though they love each other. And we see how much losing this important person in their lives affected them and changed them, how they try every day to live with it. It was heartbreaking but added a bit of seriousness to the story, and helped build Nick’s character to what he is when we meet him.
- speaking of, Nick is an absolutely amazing character: he is a horny and romantic teenager, I’m gonna put this out there haha. You simply can’t not grow super attached to him. He can be so innocent and so perceptive, so oblivious and so sensitive, a bit selfish, but so caring too… I just loved him and I’m sure you will too!
- the narrator: because I have read this one as an audiobook, I have to add that the narrator is perfect! He really brought the characters and the world to life, and I really hope they will keep him for book 2!! I definitely recommend you try the book on this format too 😉
Ok, I feel that even with my bullet points, this was quite long after all and I’m gonna stop it there! I hope I got you curious about the Extraordinaries, and that it will soon join your TBR!
Don’t hesitate to let me know if you’ve read it already or if you have read any of TJ Klune’s other books!
See you for a cup,