Title: The Exceptionals
Author: Erin Cashman
Review: If you like Young Adult Fiction, then this is a great book to pick up. It is a coming of age story about a girl with an unusual gift that to her, seems rather useless. She attends a school for people with special abilities but hides the fact that she even has her own “special.” She is surrounded by extremely gifted friends and family who have powerful specials. But she discovers that by using her unique ability, she can save the school, her family, and her friends.
Cashman is a pretty good writer. I liked her style. It took me about 1/3 of the book to really get into it, but after that, I looked forward to sneaking moments here and there to read it.
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 out of 5 stars is because, while I enjoyed the story, it didn’t seem so original to me. In a nutshell, it is about someone with special abilities who attends a special school that is under attack by a former disgruntled student. I feel like I have read a lot of books with a similar premise. I did, however, like the fact that these characters aren’t supernatural, but rather they have the ability to use more of their brains than the average person. If you are looking for a quick, fun, easy read, then the Exceptionals is a good choice.
Thanks go to Heather for this review.
Find the Prologue here.
Publisher: Published February 1st 2012 by Holiday House, Inc. (first published 2012)
Quick Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Why I Read It: sent by TLC book tour
Where I Obtained the Book: sent by TLC book tour
Synopsis: Born into a famous family of exceptionally talented people, 15-year-old Claire Walker has deliberately chosen to live an average life. But everything changes the night of the Spring Fling, when her parents decide it's high time she transferred to Cambial Academy--the prestigious boarding school that her great-grandfather founded for students with supernatural abilities.
Author Biography: My debut YA novel, THE EXCEPTIONALS, is now available! I live in Massachusetts with my husband, three children, and our dog.