Advanced copy provided by the author - thanks!
Meet Felicia, AKA a piece of fictional me out in the bookish world: awkward, anti-social, and kind of an outcast. It is no wonder why I immediately beeline towards cute contemporary novels (I always make a point to mention Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame because that book! Is! Cute! Cue exclaimation points and squealing.).
Side note: I haven't reviewed in months. I will probably be as boring and undirectional as 15-year-old me.
The Unforgettables is a story of two fabulously adorable nerds who find out they are neighbors and bond over a set of comic books. Paul and Felicia click over a chance enounter in the summer over the comic books that they’re huge fans of, thus beginning a friendship that wouldn’t be forgotten. At least until it becomes more than friendship.
What I Liked:Cliches can have nerds and outcasts too! Also nerds can be well-liked. - One of the big reasons why I’m always weary of contemporary novels is how I somehow never relate to the characters. There is always something off about them - they all fit in, they’re popular, yada yada yada. (And sometimes there is something off... period.) The Unforgettables has both. Felicia is none of those. She isn’t popular, she doesn’t fit in - in fact, she’s the outcast and basically keeps to herself. Paul is well liked - he fits in, and he’s certainly not an outcast.
Another side note: Can Paul be an actual human being? I feel like we can be best friends, even if I’m not a comic book fan. (Plus, if most guys I come across were as decent as Paul is, the world would be better for awkward me.)
The serious amount of diversity involved. - Felicia is Haitian. Paul is biracial. There’s an interracial relationship. I am a happy little reader. That is not the only reason why I am a happy litttle reader.
Helloooo reality. - The relationship life is as awkward as it is heartbreaking, and I love how those obstacles are portrayed throughout the book instead of making it seem like cakewalk. The amount of awkwardness involved as Paul and Felicia venture into territory beyond friendship just makes it all the better. (I am all for awkward within reason.) Plus, it’s reassuring to find that I’m not the only one awkward in the romance department. All the other books make it seem heartbreakingly easy.
A crush equaled no assembly required. There were no broken promises or hurt feelings outside of the fact you weren’t with them. And if you didn’t let them in, the mere thought of them made you smile.The Unforgettables is the classic story of girl meets boy next door with perks and bonuses that will even capture the attention of the cliche-disliker.
A little geekery never hurt anyone.