The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. Her best friend has left for college, she just broke up with her boyfriend, and she’s working at a farm stand all summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby from being kidnapped. A video of the rescue goes viral and she’s an overnight internet celebrity. Which results in a last minute invite to a luncheon celebrating young “hometown heroes.” The group ends up being five very different teens that form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs. They decide to name themselves The Unlikelies. They start off battling internet bullies and trolls, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads. Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact? This thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, mystery, and wisdom.
ROBEN SAYS: I loved this book. It’s a super quick read that has a little bit of everything. There’s romance as Sadie discovers that one of the Unlikelies is an old crush that she had given up on. And there’s a mysterious suitcase bequeathed to Sadie by one of her farm stand customers. There’s the pain of losing old friends and the joy of finding new ones. And ultimately, it’s inspiring. You will be encouraged to follow Sadie’s example of “If you see something, say something!” Or – in Sadie’s case – DO something.