This book popped up on my Goodreads page a couple of weeks ago, and as soon as I saw it I knew that I had to get my hands on it. I am a huge sucker for Queer YA novels (I think its my inner baby queer who didn't have these types of books growing up), and queer sci-fi/fantasy holds a really special place in my heart. "The Extraordinaries" is everything that I love in a YA book: funny and charming, while also being socially aware and touching on things that a lot of young folks struggle with on a daily basis.
The story follows Nick, a queer high school student with ADHD who is utterly obsessed with the two Extraordinaries (superheroes) that live in his home of Nova City. Nick (with the help of his best friend and editor, Seth) writes fan-fiction stories about these two Extraordinaries: Shadow Star (the hero and object of Nick's affection) and Pyro Storm (Nova City's resident bad guy and Shadow Star's arch-nemesis). After a brief encounter with Shadow Star, Nick quickly realizes that his best chance to win Shadow Star's affection is to become an Extraordinary himself. With the help of his best friends (you will love them all) and his hyperactive and imaginative ways, will Nick become an extraordinary and win the affection of his beloved Shadow Star?
I couldn't put this book down and it left me utterly charmed (and asking questions) from start to finish. One thing in particular that really stood out for me in this story was the normalization of queer young folks and the support systems that they have. I cannot wait for book #2!