An Indie Bestseller!
An Indie Next Pick!
A Gold Nautilus Book Award Winner!
Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. New York Times bestselling author 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).
Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Marissa Meyer's Renegades in TJ Klune's YA debut.
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In Nova City, Nick Bell is an apparently ordinary high school student whose megacrush on local superhero Shadow Star leads him into wild stunts in a quest for his own superpowers. Though at first he only wants the stunts to bring him to Shadow Star's attention, his motivations shift when a battle between Shadow Star and his nemesis, Pyro Storm, injures Nick's police officer father, who is all he has left after the death of his mother two years earlier. Nick's ADHD and almost comical optimism combine to make a charming and entertaining hero, and his equally amusing circle of inclusive friends is supportive of his emotional excesses. Though his strict but supportive father does his best to keep Nick out of trouble, the teen finds a way to put himself in the path of danger as his hero and Pyro Storm's feud comes to a head. There's plenty in this lighthearted, superhero-interested teen dramedy for kids who feel like they're sometimes on the outside, including the positive representation of a teen with ADHD. Ages 13 up.
The Extraordinaries is phenomenal. Fast-paced and dramatic as a 16yo can be, this book takes the standard superhero trope and sets it alight with an M/M flair. Nick and his motley crew are so well written you will immediately feel like one of the team. Nick’s journey as he chases feeling extraordinary will leave you in a constant fit of giggles.
This book is billed as YA and is suitable for a young audience; however, I really enjoyed it as an adult as well. TJ writes teenagers beautifully and the tension between Nick and his dad is touching for anyone with kids in their lives.
I absolutely cannot wait for more Extraordinaries!!
I read this entire book in less than 48 hours
Fantastically written. Hilarious, authentic, and just enough teenage angst and self inflicted embarrassment & lack of awareness that you cannot put this book down. Laughed and also had the good kind of anxiety from cover to cover. An absolute must read.
I loved this book and I’m excited for the next one!!