Not your Sidekick

Not your Sidekick

eBook - 2016
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Resigned to a life without superpowers in a world full of them, Jess takes a paid internship where she helps a heinous supervillain and works with her longtime crush, but she soon stumbles on a massive plot.
Publisher: New York : Duet Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781945053047
Characteristics: text file, rda

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Sci-fi. LGBTQ. Romance.


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jgolando
Jun 28, 2020

I loved it! A fast read, I was sucked in and had to read it to the end! A bit predictable, but still a great story with an immersive world that you learn about through the story.

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ipacpc
Mar 27, 2019

A little predictable, but sometimes I like making myself suffer by waiting for the characters to figure it out. A cute and fun read set in a re-modernized post-apocalyptic world, and I can't wait to read Not Your Villian once I get it from the library.

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rixonkj
Feb 20, 2019

Not Your Sidekick is definitely my favorite book so far this year. Maybe more like my favorite book in a year--or even longer. It's not actually an exaggeration to say this might be a nearly-perfect book.

For the first three chapters, I didn't quite love it yet. I picked it up mostly to see if it would appeal to my niece, and was reading it with my adult SF/F glasses on, which meant I was kind of rolling my eyes about the whole world-full-of-superheroes-and-villains setup. But at the same time, I was laughing at the jokes and feeling sympathetic about how hard it is to be in high school. By chapter four, when the plot twists pretty dramatically on both the personal and political level, I was hooked.

The plot keeps twisting, btw, until by the end I was literally tearing up over a threat in the final battle to a character I identify with WAY too much, and all my annoyance with the world building had dissolved into admiration for how slickly put together this world is. There's also an important and timely moral in here about hero worship and how to cope when it turns out your heroes are rotten and so is the whole system.

This book is damn good. It knows what it wants to be, and achieves that in a way that looks effortless but is probably due to many hundreds of hours of hard work behind the scenes (which is pretty appropriate for a book that is in many ways about identity, and whether we really are who we claim to be).

n.b. no instances of sexual assault or realistic violence; no suicide themes; one instance of threat of gender-identity-specific violence that most cis people will probably miss entirely

LPL_CentennialC Jan 29, 2018

High school student Jess is the daughter of two local superheroes, but her own powers won’t seem to kick in. When Jess gets a job at a mysterious tech company, she ends up working with her crush, Abby. Think of the movie “Sky High” but with more queer representation and a little more conspiracy. It falls into a lot of tropes, but it’s a super sweet, easy read. My whole book club was charmed by it!

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samcmar
Sep 05, 2017

This book is adorable, funny, inclusive, and a must read for super hero fans who want to see more queer superpowered people.

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evackley127
Jan 10, 2017

This book was amazing! I thought that the world of the book was really interesting, and Jess was a strong and enjoyable heroine.

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