Special by Chino Chakanga Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): From super speed to telekinesis, everyone in Hope’s world has special abilities. Through ill fate, she is born without any. Her peculiar case is a medical mystery which warrants comprehensive research and countless visits to the hospital. Hope undergoes painful tests and unorthodox treatments to cure her of her unique condition and make her normal while grappling with the pitfalls of being different at school and leaving in the shadow of her multi-gifted younger brother. Will Hope ever gain abilities? Is there a place for her in a world where great emphasis is placed on special abilities?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Special by Chino Chakanga three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Firstly, can I just mention how much I love the front cover of this book! It’s definitely one of the reasons why I took a liking and wanted to read this book. Now moving on, the premise of this book had me hooked right from the get go! A book about a young girl who doesn’t have any special abilities when the whole world is full of people with special abilities? Yes please! From my memory, I don’t think I’ve come across a concept quite like this one. A generic story to do with superpowers is normally about people with powers amongst a world of powerless humans so it’s interesting to see how the tables have turned.

I absolutely adored Hope, our main character. She was an interesting and noble teenager who I thought made a great protagonist, although at times thought she was a little too “clean” to be a teenager as I would’ve expected more of the stereotypical, hormonal teenage angst to make an appearance especially with everything Hope was going through. I really liked the character development for Hope’s family members and her best friend, Allie. Allie and Hope’s friendship becomes a very important part of this story, especially in terms of Hope’s growth as a person and (although at times it was sad) I really liked how the author wrote about this part of the book.

I’m not normally able to figure it out but this time around I managed to guess correctly part of the plot twist at the end of the book (and yes, I was a little bit smug) although there were definitely signs as to what miiiiight happen but nonetheless I figured it out and was very happy about that!

I love the dedication quote right at the beginning of the book, which reads: “For anyone who has ever felt different”. It sat with me throughout reading this novel. I finished this book with a big smile on my face. Another quote that stuck with me whilst reading this book was “It’s funny how you could be surrounded by so many people yet feel so alone.” Well if that quote isn’t the truth, I don’t know what is. I really connected to this quote as I can imagine a lot of other readers to have done the same.

Have you read Special by Chino Chakanga? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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