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 have to say, I really enjoyed The Loose Ends List when I read it last year and this one seemed like another book I would enjoy. I was looking for an interesting cast of characters, just as interesting as the ones created in the author’s debut novel, and some great development and an intriguing plot. And it was all there. I liked how different each character in the group was but how they all fit to form their own little Breakfast Club vibe.
Sadie was a great narrator. I really enjoyed her voice. She was in the right place at the right time and reacted in the right way to save a baby, which ended up being a catalyst to meeting new friends when she was chosen to receive an award. The teens being recognized as heroes formed an instant connection with each other and it was this bond, along with a request from a friend of Sadie’s, they decide to fight back against bullies and do some random acts of kindness. It was an interesting dynamic in the group. Some characters I felt I got to know better than others but I did like them all. I also liked Sadie’s relationship with her parents. It felt realistic and enjoyable.
I really liked that the book dealt with issues like bullies, standing up against them, addiction, without getting preachy. Carrie Firestone also did a great job of balancing the more serious and darker moments with lightness and humour. It was reminiscent of The Loose Ends List, which also tackled some hard issues while maintaining humour. I always find myself laughing and smiling more during reading a Carrie Firestone book than I expected to going in and I hope that doesn’t change.