My rating: 2 of 5 stars
First Published: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fame, Contemporary, Friendship, Romance
Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral. As she’s recovering from “the incident” and adjusting to her Internet fame, Sadie receives an invitation to a lunch honoring teem homegrown heroes. The five honorees instantly connect and soon decide to spend their time together righting local wrongs. Sadie and her new friends embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend. Are good intentions enough to hold unlikely friendships—and an even unlikelier new romance—together?
I absolutely loved Carrie Firestone’s debut novel, ‘‘The Loose Ends List,’’ because it was a breath of fresh air; it was original and discussed topics I don’t see being discussed in many YA reads.
It was the perfect summer read for me. So imagine my excitement when her second novel came out. But this is completely different from her debut. Even the main characters have very distinct voices.
The writing is the same, but that’s pretty much all the two novels have in common. While I admit the main character is more relatable in this one, and the atmosphere lighter, I found the events in the story unrealistic.
I think I should have completely lost interest at the mention of ‘‘internet fame’’ in the blurb. I’m getting tired of instant fame because it’s not something that I can personally relate to or even agree with. I’m of the opinion that fame is something one should gain progressively, and honestly, instant fame can be dangerous when you think about it, especially when you’re not prepared for it.
But anyway, that wasn’t the main problem for me. The main problem was the whole superhero thing. A group of teenagers become friends and form a group of vigilantes who patrol the streets to right wrongs. That sounds interesting to be honest, but nothing about this book was realistic enough for me to connect with on a meaningful level.
I’m giving it two stars, as opposed to one, because it’s cute and light without dismissing serious topics. If you don’t mind unrealistic, unlikely events, you might just enjoy it more.
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