By G.L Thomas
Published September 12th 2016
The Unforgettables is a breathtaking tale of comic books, best friends and first love. Felicia is a strong-willed and good natured teenage Haitian girl; alter ego Sidekick Supreme. Paul is beautiful, artistic and music loving boy; alter ego The 8th Wonder. These two friends share a love of comic books and nerdy fun but are completely opposites when they walk through the doors to school. Can their friendship survive the school year?
I was absolutely blown away at how much I enjoyed reading this book. I love how self-assured Felicia is; she knows her strengths, knows her weaknesses and doesn’t give a hoot what anyone thinks of her. Teenage girls can be so mean and I love seeing how Felicia interacts with the “mean girls.” Then there’s Paul…oh Paul…a strong, kind boy who sticks up for Felicia and also shows us what it means to love unconditionally. There were a ton of examples of teenagers having healthy conversations about intercourse with each other and their parents. I couldn’t love this more.
The comic book aspect of this book was fun and quirky. I loved the alter egos that Paul and Felicia assign everyone. I adore this tale of first love and how things can quickly become blown out of proportion. G.L Thomas did an amazing job of showcasing how teenagers can assume the worst without ever getting a proper explanation. The authors brought to life just how diverse families can really be.
With that said, I have to mention one more thing. G.L Thomas added in a few supporting characters that made my heart soar. One particular family made up of a gay couple, one of their ex-wives, their son and their trans daughter. This blended family may not have been a huge part of the book but the fact that they were included gives me more hope for the books that the younger generation is going to have access to. This also gave way to the open dialogue between an eight-year-old Kevin and his family. He says, even at a young age, that he doesn’t feel like he was born to the wrong gender, just that he likes other “girly” things too. His family accepted this and would have accepted any other answer as well.
G.L Thomas, thank you for this wonderful book that opens up so much dialogue between teenagers, their friends and their parents.
Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.