Received An Advanced Reader Copy in Exchange for An Honest Review.
Neighbors and best friends Paul and Felicia hoped they’d be friends forever. But as they change, so does their friendship. She shouldn’t have kissed her…He shouldn’t have liked it. Starting school changed everything.
I am always excited for the new mix of characters and stories GL Tomas graciously share with us with their books because I genuinely feel like I’m glancing in at the lives of real people who you can connect with each and every time. Paul and Felicia from The Unforgettables were no exception to the rule.
Whatsmore, reading anything by them always sparks inspiration in me to dive into another new world. Particularly when I’m in a reading slump. So, when I heard about their newest book about two superhero/comic booking loving friends who decided to give themselves alter egos and pair up as a formidable duo, naturally I jumped and squealed at the chance like any normal person would. What I loved so much about this book was the fact that the main characters Felicia and Paul were nearly polar opposites. Aside from their mutual love for comics and superheroes’, they weren’t that similar, but I feel like that is what made them work.
Paul—the social butterfly, who thrived on crowds and at social events, and Felicia—the quiet, smart and observant killer soccer player, who was completely content to forever walk the line of solidarity for the rest of her life (or at least until she finished high school). The two came together in such a beautiful, awkward teenage shuffle.
Like all the other work I’ve read from GL, The Unforgettables is told from a dual, first person point of view, so the reader really gets to see the full picture from start to finish. I also loved that Felicia and Paul’s alter egos subtlety said a lot about who they were as well. The 8th Wonder, who was just about good at every thing and had zero flaws, was in contrast to Paul’s struggle with dyslexia. Likewise, as someone who has struggled with my own form of a learning handicap, I thought the author’s approach of this was handled really well.
And Sidekick Supreme, who didn’t just stand on the sidelines with mediocre abilities like most would expect of her, was in contrast to Felicia being socially excluded or rather ignored by the other students at Deering High. I could relate to Felicia on this to an extent—I mean who couldn’t?—so it was great to see her face up to some internal fears an insecurities since she and Paul meet each other.
I also enjoyed the steady growth of Paul and Felicia’s feelings and attraction to one another and while some chapters were nailing bitingly agonizing to watch the two of them at odds, at the core of it all Felicia and Paul were best friends and they loved each other (swooon, right?) so, I was pretty please with how the book ended.
Did I forget to mention the hilarity of how the rest of the people in their lives got tagged with alter ego names too? Like The Dictator aka Paul’s mom, or The Billman aka the Mailman and The Prodigy aka Paul’s younger sister.
This was another fun, cute and memorable 😉 read by GL Tomas. I highly recommend it to other comic booky, YA contemporary fiction, and romance loving book lovers alike. 🙂
Thank you so much for checking out my review. Be sure to go and check out The Unforgettables for yourself when it’s released. ^__^
Until the next post,