Genres: Fantasy, Contemporary, Young Adult
Themes: Superheroes, Coming Out
Queer Level: Gay Main Character
After being told for over two years to read this book, I finally gave it a try. Superheroes are not my cup of tea, generally, and I can say that after trying and trying again to develop a taste for the genre.
That being said… I enjoyed this book.
The characters were loveable, relatable, and emotional. Regular guys and gals with extraordinary talents—and in the end that’s what sold me on the story. The book is written in a very engaging and honest style, and I admire honesty in fiction. I admire the courage it takes to create—and admit to—imperfect characters, even and especially when they’re superhuman or protagonists or villains, but in a down-to-earth, unexaggerated way. Each had their own unique traits, flaws, and insecurities. The raw beauty of that alone made this an easier read for me than I expected.
There were moments where the storytelling felt a little slow on the draw; but that was due to natural tangents and, while it dropped the pace in an otherwise action-based narrative, it didn’t feel out of place. Otherwise, the first-person perspective makes this novel a casual, conversational read.
The main part of the novel also didn’t focus too heavily on romance, so if you are looking for a romantic read, this is not it. However, if you want a book with an openly gay character living his life and dealing with his identity outside of a relationship, look no further. That’s not to say there is no romance, it just isn’t what the story is about.