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(4 / 5) This was hilarious! I have never laughed so many times during an audio. The narrator has the perfect voice to portray drama and I loved it. I honestly wonder if the physical book is as funny or if it’s just the audio? The narrator was phenomenal. He perfectly portrays a quirky, queer teen boy that is endearing and very unsure of himself but also highly dramatic.
We start out in Nick’s fan fiction story. From there, we are taken into Nick’s life where he deals with ADHD and typical high school drama. Nick is easily loveable and has an array of hilarious friends that are truly the friends everyone should have. They’re loyal, sarcastic and so funny.
While the story focuses on Nick’s obsession with the Extraordinaries superhero’s, it delves into deeper, meaningful thoughts about life, loss of a loved one, having a disorder, where true support comes and the importance of that support. Nick’s dad is probably my favorite character and I just want someone to give that man a hug for being such a great dad.
The story was a tad bit predictable but it didn’t bother me a bit. I was engaged throughout and loved that not only did we have queer characters, but we had an array of different races also. The ending was fun and concluded well but still made me very excited for book two.
The content is high for language and intimacy. This is an LGBTQ novel, it is talked about often and there are many sexual comments or innuendo. Honestly, I would’ve rated it higher if there wasn’t such a high amount of sexual content. It felt too much to be considered young adult. Violence is medium with some fighting but very little blood.
Thank you Libro.fm, Tor Teen, T.J. Klune and MacMillan Audio for the free ALC copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is out July 14, 2020.
The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries #1)
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).
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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Detailed Content Review
Derogatory terms etc-
Shut your whore mouth
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Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
*Major LGBTQ+ aspects included*
Story has many gay characters, including the main characters.
There are fandom pics on tumblr that are erotic and mature. The main character posted one also. It was of a naked man. One was a drawing of a “comically large bulge.”
A father asks his son if he’s had sex and if he knows what condoms are. “Wrap it before you stick it anywhere.” The son has to take down all porn on his tumblr so his dad doesn’t see it. This is how his dad initially learned he was gay. His dad makes him do his own laundry so he doesn’t see evidence of him “exploring himself.”
A young woman calls herself a “black dyke.” She has a girlfriend.
A homeless man pees in the corner.
“Are you still a virgin? We were supposed to tell each other.”
A young man likes the way his skin tingles when a young man kisses him. He wants to “take it further” but then remembers his dad with a condom, banana and a bottle of lube when he taught him about sex. A young woman remembers the two young men kissing, “his tongue down your throat.”
“(His) underwear was wet. This crush on this Extraordinary could apparently grow even bigger when he was standing right in front of him.” He claims to have a pillow with the Extraordinaries face on it, but claims he doesn’t do anything weird with it.
A man kicks another man.
A young woman says she’s now aroused on her guy friend’s bed.
A young man wonders if he will get awkward “boners” for the rest of his life.
“…there will be kissing, and butt stuff…”
A young man strips down to his boxers to jump in a river. He has multiple places he goes in only his boxers.
A young man reminds a young man when they kissed against the fridge.
A young man jokes to another young man if he should take his shirt off yet. Later, “There’s an empty bed we could roll around on.”
A young woman mentions a drawn penis on the underside of a table. She refers to it multiple times.
The sight of a man usually sends a young man into fits of teen hormones and a partial erection.
A woman looks flustered as if she had “a lady boner.”
Two young women kiss and a young man comments to stop sticking your tongue down her throat.
A dad tells his son to remember how to use a condom by rolling it down. Also that he will talk to the son’s boyfriend and tell him he “can’t stick anything in you without explicit consent.” “Maybe I’m going to do the sticking.”
A young man kisses a young man. “It felt like coming home.” He swipes his tongue against his lip. “I’m going to climb you like a tree later.” They kiss again and vow many more.
A son comments to his dad that he’s a virgin. The dad asks him to stay that way for a bit. The son agrees but would love it taken away “spectacularly.”
“High school sucked balls.”
“I want to stick my face on your face.” Two young men kiss briefly.
“…not knowing then that they’d soon be in love and have mind blowing sex in a variety of positions.”
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
A “brainless jock” winked at a young woman and she kicked him in the “nuts.”
A young woman twists a young man’s arm and holds it behind his back causing him pain.
A young woman punches a young man, splitting his lip.
Two men mug a group of teens. They hold two knives.
Two men with abilities fight, kicking and punching and using fire. One falls off a building.
A young man gets arrested for jumping in a river.
A young man punches a man in the head.
A young man uses powers to have shadows attack a young man. He later chokes him with those powers. A young man screams and two young men are thrown back, one unconscious.
Two young men are fighting on top of a building. They are throwing large items like parts of a building. A helicopter crashes on camera.
A young man chokes a young man.
Two people are tied to the top of a bridge. A young man seems to explode.
A young man punches a young man in the jaw, he flies backward hitting his head.
Potentially Intense Themes
A young man has a panic attack.
A man is in the hospital for being near an explosion. Ribs are broken, a lung damaged. It is an emotional few scenes.
A young boy is in a train accident. He is found under both his parents’ dead bodies. He is adopted.
There is an explosion and 3 young men are near.
There are quite a few intense moments when two people are on top of a bridge with the possibility of falling.
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