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Review: The Extraordinaries

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nick Bell is just your average queer teenage boy, fancrushing on a superhero, the Extraordinary who goes by the moniker Shadow Star. Actually, to be honest, Nick can be kind of extra himself. He has ADHD and his mind flies and snarks unreservedly. He's written tons of fanfic about Shadow Star and is thrilled to meet him one day when he and his pal Gibby are almost mugged. Shadow Star saves them! Nick crushes on him even more, in spite of the fact that it's sort of weird that Shadowstar gave him an autograph with Nick's full name that he hadn't revealed to Shadow Star. Nick can't figure out why his best friend Seth seems less than thrilled, why Seth has been kind of distant and unavailable, plus why he seems so not taken with Shadow Star? Could Seth be jealous? Could he be secretly dating someone and not telling his lifelong best friend? And why is Gibby acting so weird? Neither Nick nor her girlfriend Jazz se…

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