The Unlikelies | Book Review

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Author: Carrie Firestone

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Publishing Date: June 6, 2017

Publisher: Little, Brown


Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.

Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.

Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?

This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.


Thank you to Little, Brown and Hachette for sending an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Now, when I first saw the book, I was drawn to the cover. Not sure why, but something about ice cream on the cover makes me want to read it apparently. After looking into the author, I realized that she had also written another book that I have been wanting to read, The Loose-Ends List. Eventually I will get around to that one, but for now, let’s talk about how amazing this book was!

Who wants to join a group called The Unlikelies? A revolutionary group of do-gooders who want to bring more positivity to peoples lives. When Sadie started summer, this was the last thing on her mind, almost at the point where it wasn’t even an option. That was until the day the incident occurred, that left a permanent scar on her body and landed her a seat at the do-gooder’s table.

Meeting people who are just like her, this unlikely group of friends set out on a treasure hunt.

  1. To find the crazy chest the old man was talking about
  2. Fulfill the wish of the old man

(Note: if you read the book, you will know who the old man is, but I don’t want to spoil too much now)

As another side note, I’m going to include one of my favourite parts in the book, which I found hilarious being a Canadian myself (I also included this since it will be impossible for me to find the quote later on).

“Could be a dead Confederate.”

“Or a dead Canadian. Because…Nova Scotia”

Determined to provide some good in their small town, these 5 teens set out to change the world, or at least the mean people at their schools. Armed with the care packages provided by Sadie, these teens are set to change the ways of bullies once and for all.

I loved the tale that this story told, on how a group of teens was seen trying to make the world a better place and not destroy it like many people believe we do. It was a super cute read and I will definitely be looking into buying the authors’ other book in the near future!



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