The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
(Little Brown – June 6, 2017)
Sadie and her friends are the rare breed of fictional teens that make readers actually want to be different and stand out from the crowd. As they cope with their shared do-gooder status bestowed upon them by their communities, they bond over a desire to rid the world of internet trolls and real life “lizards”, eventually engaging in both innocent care package drop-offs and dangerous rescue missions at drug houses.
I was instantly captivated by the premise of this book, and the impact it can have on teens – teens who are so vulnerable to the horrors of internet hate and trolls, and in desperate need of the work that The Unlikelies end up doing. I laughed out loud at the incredibly witty dialogue and cheered as Sadie worked to overcome her post-attack night anxieties and her friend Alice struggled to reconcile her childhood friend’s descent into heroin addiction.
The Unlikelies deals with gritty and real issues, but does so in a hopeful and at times, hilarious manner.
Required purchase for high school libraries.