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Summary

In Nova City, there are extraordinary people, capable of feats that defy the imagination. Shadow Star protects the city and manipulates darkness, and Pyro Storm is determined to bring the city to its knees using his power over fire.

And then there's Nick, who...well, being the most popular fan-fiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

Instead of fighting crime, Nick contends with a new year at school, a father who doesn't trust him and a best friend named Seth, who may or may not be the love of Nick's short, uneventful life.

It should be enough. But 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 Seth's reluctant help....

Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart in TJ Klune's YA debut: a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves.

©2020 T J Klune (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Simply sublime

I want Michael Lesley to narrate my life.
After finishing the Tales or Verania series I came straight on to this. This isn't as enthralling, but as a 44 year old woman I am hardly the target audience. But like all of TJ Klune books this one is so full of heart, warmth and humour that it is adorable. I only found TJ recently and have devoured his books, rarely have I been so touched by an author. Finishing his stories is always an awful wrench; so deeply do they pull you in. House in the Cerulean Sea left me gobsmacked for days, sublime literature.

Michael Lesley's performance is just perfect. And it is a 'performance', he's not simply reading the story to you - he's the first narrator that has ever made me bawl like baby.

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Hilariously Brilliant!

T.J. Klune is up there in my top three authors, this book is so funny, laugh out loud, giggling funny, so much so I had to pause the book so I wouldn’t miss any of it whilst laughing. I’m not going to lie, the young adult theme made me slightly hesitant of starting this listen but I needn’t of worried, this is definitely worth a listen. I guarantee laughs!

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I'm Shook™

Bought this book on a whim when it was suggested by audible (I'd been looking for a sci-fi LGBT+ lead book, so it was perfect), and oh my gosh. The plot was very clever - I'm the type that always tries to figure stories out when I read them, and it can really ruin some more predictable books - and about half way through I thought I had that here, but nope! The plot twists! And if I did figure something out, it felt a lot more like cleverly placed clues than lazy writing. The voice acting was really fun and clever - big kudos to the VA! And I can honestly say I loved every single character - they were all so lovable and enjoyable (other than one particular irritating news reporter, of course ahahaha).

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Definitely a surprise hit

Normally I avoid titles less than 24 hours long and only picked this up because it was on offer. I am thrilled that I did. The author doesn't shy away from mocking the superhero trope and it is this self awareness that makes it so hilarious.

The fact that characters are LGBT is handled well. Young teens struggling with their sexuality will find it thrilling to see themselves represented so well and being loved for who they are.

I will definitely get the next title.

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OMG Loved the Comedy

This being my first foray into TJ Klune, I loved the comedy in this book. I chose the book on a whim looking for a science fiction kick however, it turned out to be more of a LGBTQ love story with a science fiction flavour.

My compliments to Michael Lesley for the excellent rendition.

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Amazing

Honestly, best book I've ever read/listened to.
The story was rly engaging, the references to fandom/fanfic delightful, the humor well... hilarious and the performance of the narrator just... *chef kiss*

Also the representation was so refreshing and I loved it.
(rly hope theres a part 2)

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Totally Amazing

Though this is a teen/young adult novel, I strongly recommend this book for any age. Both author and narrator are extremely talented and the story has some interesting plot twists.

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really fun

this story is really well written, with great narration but the second-hand cringe when talking about fanfics?? killed me dead

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Wow another TJ masterpiece

Laugh, cry, guffaw, everything you would expect from a TJ Klune book. Characters were well developed and humourlessly moved the story along with witty repertoire and insightful comments. Would recommend as a YA or adult book. Good fun for all.

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Extra fun

Absolutely spellbound by this book. Every character just going along with the chaos and mayhem is a joy to read. Can't wait for next book.