Super Adjacent
Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting "What to Say to a Hero" speeches in her diary. Now that she's landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she's sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who's clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it's like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

Super Adjacent Details

TitleSuper Adjacent
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 17th, 2020
PublisherDisney-Hyperion
ISBN-139781368023986
Rating
GenreLGBT, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, GLBT, Queer

Super Adjacent Review

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Don't mind me, just making room in my heart for another adorable f/f superhero book because those are my everything.
  • hali
    January 1, 1970
    let me just start this review off by saying im BEGRUDGINGLY giving it 2 stars instead of the 1 star it deserves, because i admittedly enjoyed bridgette and matts tragic romance.however, lets get into why im giving this book 2 stars. just a mere five pages in, i realized that this book was not marketed towards anyone above the age of 16, but thats fine. her royal highness by rachel hawkins is clearly directed towards a younger audience, and i still adored that book. although, i find myself let me just start this review off by saying i’m BEGRUDGINGLY giving it 2 stars instead of the 1 star it deserves, because i admittedly enjoyed bridgette and matt’s tragic romance.however, let’s get into why i’m giving this book 2 stars. just a mere five pages in, i realized that this book was not marketed towards anyone above the age of 16, but that’s fine. her royal highness by rachel hawkins is clearly directed towards a younger audience, and i still adored that book. although, i find myself wondering why the author thinks that blatant misogyny from the main character is suitable content for a young, presumably lgbt audience. with lines like “...i immediately decide this girl embodies all the flawless, annoying popular people at school who float through life without ever having to face the problems us mortals do every day,” and, “she’s one of those disgusting miss perfect types who gets away with murder just because she’s blonde and pretty,” the main character is nearly unbearable to read, and an extremely hatable protagonist. and these comments are never addressed as being harmful at all! what kind of message are we sending to children by normalizing sexism and misogyny in our literature? i had decided to read this book since it’s marketed as a fantasy book that has a female/female couple. what else could a gal want? to answer that question, literally anything else but this book. please do not waste your time. the f/f romance is shared with a m/f romance, which i wouldn’t mind at all, however it was obvious that more time, effort, and any semblance of complex thought was put towards the m/f couple’s tragic breakup, and consequent heartache. the f/f couple was reduced to nothing but crying, blushing and making out in supply closets. there was absolutely no depth to their relationship, and reading their scenes together honestly just made cringe. they don’t even really end up together in the conclusion, so it was just a disappointment ‘til the bitter end.if you’re looking specifically for a young adult book about superheroes, i recommend the renegades trilogy by marissa meyer, and if you’re looking specifically for a fantasy female/female couple, i recommend crier’s war by nina varela. just save yourself the time and energy and find another book that isn’t this absolute trainwreck.
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  • mahana
    January 1, 1970
    review on my blog ✧ "I'm pretty sure I was too busy realising a lifelong dream to be distracted by a girl, no matter how cute." I like to start ARC reviews by informing you whether youd like the book or not so you can consider if its suitable for you, and youre not misled by false advertising. Therefore, Im going to be thorough for this book since quite a few people added it because of me (and I literally hate when people do that then come to me saying they didnt like it because they expected — review on my blog ✧ "I'm pretty sure I was too busy realising a lifelong dream to be distracted by a girl, no matter how cute." I like to start ARC reviews by informing you whether you’d like the book or not so you can consider if it’s suitable for you, and you’re not misled by false advertising. Therefore, I’m going to be thorough for this book since quite a few people added it because of me (and I literally hate when people do that then come to me saying they didn’t like it because they expected something else. Please stop doing that. Anyway.) If you liked Rachel Hawkins’ Royals series (yes, both books), you’ll definitely like this one. It’s Young Adult, emphasis on the young. All three books have kind of childish (in a non-insulting way) protagonists and cheesy relationships. Moreover, if you’re expecting a serious superhero – first of all, literally look at the cover for longer than a second – it’s not. The only point of comparison I have is The Incredibles except it follows regular civilians dating heroes. If you’re anything like me and despise popular culture references, millennial lingo, the use of the phrases “fangirl” and “I totally ship you together” unironically, and you struggle to overlook it (I’m working on it myself), then maybe you should steer clear of this one.Claire has always admired the heroes of Warrior Nation after she was saved by Blue Streak when she was ten years old. She jumps at the opportunity to become an intern at their headquarters, where she encounters a rude and arrogant fresh face on her first day. Bridgette has been dating the infamous Vaporizer – Matt – for four years before noticing their relationship is deteriorating. She’s become disillusioned with superhero life after countless kidnappings, attacks, and neglect from the boyfriend she loves. The two girls are brought together when the heroes they’re dating – or used to date – go missing, and they must work together to uncover the new threat to Warrior Nation.Since I know what most of you are here for: the sapphic couple was adorable, but definitely not as well-developed as I’d hoped for. Most of their romantic development happens in the beginning, and the rest is mainly from the perspective of Bridgette. It’s technically not enemies to lovers, but I also wouldn’t classify it as hate to love either. It’s more an annoyance to crush sort of romance. Bridgette and Matt’s relationship was at the forefront of the story, with a majority of the romantic plotline following their breakup and reconciliation. However, Super Adjacent isn’t only about romance. It chronicles the friendship blossoming between Claire and Bridgette and portrays a world where regular civilians can also be heroes.The writing was what you’d expect from the cover, title, synopsis, and marketing: simple and cheesy. Perfect for the younger variety of its Young Adult demographic. Claire’s perspective suffers from the popular culture and Gen-Z references anyone over the age of 15 despises, but this obviously wasn’t written for someone of my age. Therefore, I think some people can be overcritical and too dismissive towards books like this, but it’s necessary to acknowledge that it wasn’t written with someone your age and background in mind. It’s supposed to be a fun and cute read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.The main downfall of the book was the plotting and how the main complication wasn’t introduced until around 60%, despite being teased in the synopsis. I found the last half of the book considerably dragged after the relationship drama was introduced and settled. In addition, I felt the big reveal and plot twist towards the end was quite obvious, though I’ll attribute this to the book being written for a younger audience. I can’t criticise a book that was written for people younger than me. Though, I liked how the author always had you second-guessing who you thought the villain was and put plenty of red herrings in their place to lead you down the wrong place.Super Adjacent is a fun, non-serious superhero story about friendship, crushes, becoming independent in a relationship, and saving the world with no superpowers. It was enjoyable to read, particularly with the romantic relationship. Read the first paragraph of my review if you’re considering and don’t be overcritical of something like this. It’s written purely for enjoyment.ARC kindly provided by Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest reviewrep: sapphic mc and side character, f/f romance
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  • Anandi Puritipati
    January 1, 1970
    Lowkey want to give it a 2.5, but I liked it a bit too, I guess??? Idk????AsfdgshsjshsksjsEDIT (16/03/2020):I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for a blog tour. All the following opinions are my own. Rating- 2.5-3 starsI really loved the premise of this book- I mean, come on! A story about superheroes where we follow the sidekicks instead? And then we watch them save the day!!? IT WAS SO COOL to even think about! But, I think, this Lowkey want to give it a 2.5, but I liked it a bit too, I guess??? Idk????AsfdgshsjshsksjsEDIT (16/03/2020):I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for a blog tour. All the following opinions are my own. Rating- 2.5-3 starsI really loved the premise of this book- I mean, come on! A story about superheroes where we follow the sidekicks instead? And then we watch them save the day!!? IT WAS SO COOL to even think about! But, I think, this led to me having really high expectations and I was let down by what the book ended up delivering. We mainly follow two characters in this story- Claire, who is a young girl super obsessed with Warrior Nation which is basically like S.H.I.E.L.D. in this world, and Bridgette, who is a superhero's girlfriend and is sorta fed up with everything related to Warrior Nation. They were both fun characters in that cute-contemporaries-with-no-stakes kind of way, but also, they seemed to have really similar voices and that bugged me a bit. They are basically the two narrators of this story so the similarity in the voice of them both just confused the hell out of me! It didn't feel like having both perspectives was necessary throughout the story, too. It was all just a bit off, tbh. Another thing that bugged me was the pacing of the novel. Through the first 64% of the book, NOTHING HAPPENS! The plot only starts taking off in the last quarter, and i don't even feel like anything important happened in the first three-quarters of the book. This would really be totally justifiable if the character work was intricate, but it was pretty average for the most part, if not worse. People changed too easily, things either got conflicted or resolved too quickly. The villain, despite attempts at making him seem otherwise, did feel really cartoon-y to me. Also, you could totally predict the twist from the first moment the possibility of it was introduced (remember Megamind?), and it was extremely cheesy, too, lol. It was all a bit too television soap opera-y for my taste. And then there was the overwriting. There were just so many unnecessary similes, metaphors that weren't needed, descriptions that didn't need to be there! It really took me out of the story a lot, slowed me down and hindered my reading experience. Some of the descriptions were repeated way too often; Matt, for instance, was always described as having "mocha hair", "chocolate eyes" and "caramel skin". And it got tiring really quickly. Like, these descriptions showed up, like, three times in the SAME chapter. I wasn't mad at anything per se, in the book, mostly because everything was kind of funny, except this. xD THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO DESCRIBE BROWN, PEOPLE! JEEZ!Anyway, all that aside, I still kinda enjoyed reading the book? A few parts were funny, the book was definitely really light and easy to read, and didn't seem to take itself too seriously, which was great. There was a cute queer relationship thrown in there which was actually cute, if a bit rushed at the beginning. It was overall not the worst. And I think it can be a really fun escape-read if you're willing to just shut your brain off for a while and not worry about anything and sorta coast through the book. What I'm saying is, I think this can be a great book for someone out there, for sure, but it just wasn't the best for me, is all!
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  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute, light read. I was intrigued by the "real world" corporatized superheros--the concept sort of takes a backseat to the romances, which is OK. It's nice to see a cute fluffy f/f story, even if the characters also weren't super developed? Sometimes it is enough to read about one superhumanly strong girl kissing one girl of regular strength.
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  • K.
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC of this book.My review: I loved it! The writing was fresh, and I loved the superhero world-building - it was clever, fun, and made sense! The characters were fantastic as well. Claire was a perfect fangirl with perfect fangirl reactions and thoughts, and I really enjoyed Bridgette's perspective as the girlfriend of a superhero. Both POVs were distinct and interesting, and their friendship - as well as their personal journeys of discovery - were extremely satisfying. The plot was I read an ARC of this book.My review: I loved it! The writing was fresh, and I loved the superhero world-building - it was clever, fun, and made sense! The characters were fantastic as well. Claire was a perfect fangirl with perfect fangirl reactions and thoughts, and I really enjoyed Bridgette's perspective as the girlfriend of a superhero. Both POVs were distinct and interesting, and their friendship - as well as their personal journeys of discovery - were extremely satisfying. The plot was fun to follow as well, and took me on several twists and turns I didn't expect. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Brie
    January 1, 1970
    We all fight our own battles, even if we're not wearing capes. This book was such a treat to read! It was thoroughly entertaining while also doing a fantastic job portraying many impactful messages. I found the story easy to get immediately sucked into. With fantasy elements (I mean there are super heroes), but being set in modern day Chicago I felt like I didn't need a ton of world building to visualize the setting. "Weakness is strength that's yet to be tested." Claire is 17 and trying to We all fight our own battles, even if we're not wearing capes. This book was such a treat to read! It was thoroughly entertaining while also doing a fantastic job portraying many impactful messages. I found the story easy to get immediately sucked into. With fantasy elements (I mean there are super heroes), but being set in modern day Chicago I felt like I didn't need a ton of world building to visualize the setting. "Weakness is strength that's yet to be tested." Claire is 17 and trying to land an internship with Warrior Nation before her senior year in high school. When it finally happens, she's almost too starstruck to to function. Then there's Joy, the newest Warrior and Claire's accidental acquaintance. She's spent her entire life preparing for this moment. It's everything she's ever dreamed of. Until it isn't.... could he life dream go down in flames? I wanted to change the world for the better, not see my existing world fall apart. Bridgette is only known as the girlfriend of the city's most eligible super hero, Matt. She's constantly fighting to be her own woman only to have Matt's fame get in the way... again. She's finally had enough and calls it quits with Matt and Warrior Nation. But it seems that life has other plans for her. Bridgette and Claire find themselves as unlikely alliance (and friends), when all the Chicago chapter Warriors suddenly disappear. I know all too well there is no calm unless you face the storm. SUPER ADJACENT it told through two female POVs, which can often be confusing, but I didn't find myself getting lost in who's voice I was reading. There were enough references to keep it straight. I felt like Crystal Cestari touched on so many current issues and I found the way she addressed them to be very meaningful. Parts of this story felt a little rushed or maybe even a little juvenile if that makes sense? Almost verging on a Middle Grade novel. With both queer and straight romance, lots of action scenes (because superheroes... DUH), and a good moral, everyone can find something to like about this story. Overall I enjoyed this read and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and quick read. I once thought my days had to be larger than life for me to amount to something. But as it turns out, following your heart can be an equally epic adventure.
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  • Lauren R.
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This is super reminiscent of her Windy City series, which I appreciated! Somewhat young-sounding MC and very Disney-level of sweetness and innocence. The concept of superheroes working for an organization in collaboration with law enforcement/the government was really neat. I liked both of the lead characters, Claire and Bridgette, but didn't feel super connected to anyone. The ending surprised me - I was caught up in a red herring for sure - and I appreciated that. I also think the 3.5 stars. This is super reminiscent of her Windy City series, which I appreciated! Somewhat young-sounding MC and very Disney-level of sweetness and innocence. The concept of superheroes working for an organization in collaboration with law enforcement/the government was really neat. I liked both of the lead characters, Claire and Bridgette, but didn't feel super connected to anyone. The ending surprised me - I was caught up in a red herring for sure - and I appreciated that. I also think the way the characters leave us at the end was surprising and realistic as well. One thing that bugs me is that the whole concept of the book listed in the synopsis doesn't happen or start until over 60% of the way through the book. Just felt like a spoiler at that point! haha
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book was pretty fun and something different to read. It a good feel read while so much bad stuff happening around us.
  • Cassandra Alvarez
    January 1, 1970
    Okay so like it was original and super cute but it wasnt like...life changing? Definitely an easy, cozy read to round out my March list. But also its queer (!!!) Okay so like it was original and super cute but it wasn’t like...life changing? Definitely an easy, cozy read to round out my March list. But also it’s queer (!!!)
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  • Kali Cole
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so well-developed! I loved the main characters and the premise of this story. I kind of related this to Batwoman on the CW because of the whole superhero life/ normal life even though its not normal at all. I loved the representation, but I wish there was a lot more of Joy and Claires romance. This was such a fun and adventurous read! This book was so well-developed! I loved the main characters and the premise of this story. I kind of related this to Batwoman on the CW because of the whole superhero life/ normal life even though it’s not normal at all. I loved the representation, but I wish there was a lot more of Joy and Claire’s romance. This was such a fun and adventurous read!
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  • Mireille Chartier
    January 1, 1970
    I first was intrigued by the cover when I saw this book. I'm a fan of superhero stories. I love reading comics and watching the big blockbuster movies that are inspired by them. Seeing that this book was all about superheroes just not the ones with the superpowers was what caught my eye.When we think about superheroes we usually think about the heroic part of their lives not what happens when they get home to their partner. Super Adjacent is all about the other half of the dynamic duos and what I first was intrigued by the cover when I saw this book. I'm a fan of superhero stories. I love reading comics and watching the big blockbuster movies that are inspired by them. Seeing that this book was all about superheroes just not the ones with the superpowers was what caught my eye.
When we think about superheroes we usually think about the heroic part of their lives not what happens when they get home to their partner. Super Adjacent is all about the other half of the dynamic duos and what they deal with on a day today. Can you imagine in the age of Twitter and Instagram what type of comments Lois Lane or Mary Jane Watson would get?
I really loved that Crystal Cestari focused on the characters of Claire and Bridgette instead of their superhero partners. The book is told from the girls' perspectives. It showed us an aspect that not a lot of comic book stories looked at yet. I could see this being done in comics too. They are at two very different places in their lives. Claire at the start of an internship at Warrior Nation and a relationship with the new warrior Girl Power. She is still in her honeymoon stage with it all but she'll learn soon that everything is not just the hero saves the day. As for Brigette, she has been in a long-lasting relationship with Warrior Nation's hero of the hour Vaporizer. She knows too well how it all goes, she'll always come in second. I thought they were both were very strong characters and so interesting to follow along on their journey. There's usually a voice I prefer in books with multiple points of views but I have to say in this one I enjoyed both equally. I was really invested in both their stories.
Super Adjacent was such a fun book. It had geeky references which you know I always love and had a ton of banter too. I really loved Crystal's writing style and now want to go back and read more of her books. The pacing of the story was just right very similar to a comic book in terms of action. I don't think I would change anything at all.
This book was such a surprise and I am so happy I got a chance to read it. If you like books like Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl, I think you would love this one as well.
Thank you to Disney-Hyperion, Netgalley and Fantastic Flying Book Club for providing an eArc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brittney
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 / 5 stars*Thank you Disney Book Group for providing me with this eARC through Netgalley. Imagine dating a superhero. You finally get to meet and date a beloved hero. You are living everyones fantasy. You would also always be protected right?Bridgette knows what its like to date a superhero. It is isnt all fun and games. Bridgette understands the reality of coming second to the danger in the world. Bridgette craves some normality in her relationship.Claire is a superhero fangirl. Claire can 3.25 / 5 stars*Thank you Disney Book Group for providing me with this eARC through Netgalley. Imagine dating a superhero. You finally get to meet and date a beloved hero. You are living everyone’s fantasy. You would also always be protected… right?Bridgette knows what it’s like to date a superhero. It is isn’t all fun and games. Bridgette understands the reality of coming second to the danger in the world. Bridgette craves some normality in her relationship.Claire is a superhero fangirl. Claire can tell and explain everything that has to do with her beloved heroes. For Claire, working with and dating a superhero sounds like the ultimate experience.I loved reading the two contrasting POVs of these characters. I was very interested by both characters for most of the novel. I will say that I did prefer Bridgette’s chapters over Claire’s. I appreciated how both sides are shown and explained. Claire is awed by potentially working with superheroes. Bridgette is tired of never being able to spend time with her superhero boyfriend. I found it very interesting to explore this sense of innocence versus experience through these characters.I thought the relationships were okay in the novel. I did prefer Bridgette’s relationship. I appreciated all the growth in her relationship. The plot was fairly well-done. I did find the danger and action to be a little lacking. I would definitely classify this as a more character-driven book.Overall, it was a good read but nothing extraordinary for me.
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  • Meaghan
    January 1, 1970
    This was a surprisingly good superhero AND queer book. I have to admit the execution is far from flawless, but it handles the morals of capitalisitic superhero administrations so well? The themes of individual safety vs. group safety, of who should be the heroes and who decides that, and superheroes as not just caped crusaders, but brands to profit off of, are all at play here, and they were executed flawlessly.If someone presented this story to me as an outline, I'd say there's literally no way This was a surprisingly good superhero AND queer book. I have to admit the execution is far from flawless, but it handles the morals of capitalisitic superhero administrations so well? The themes of individual safety vs. group safety, of who should be the heroes and who decides that, and superheroes as not just caped crusaders, but brands to profit off of, are all at play here, and they were executed flawlessly.If someone presented this story to me as an outline, I'd say there's literally no way this story can disappoint me. And honestly? It totally didn't. This perfectly scratched my superhero itch (though it still lingers), while also touching on a ton of related societal issues without coming off as high-handed or cliche. A large part of this comes from how well the book ended, keeping in mind how the effects of the story would actually impact the characters involved, and showing the variety of ways one can engage with the world of superheroes without being one (this be a large focus due to the title, super 'adjacent'). It also did a great job of showing the flawed and human side of heroes, the lens of the heroes' adjacent loved ones showcasing that well. We got to see the individual side of heroes, both on the saved and the forgotten. A lot of hero novels show the picture we all want to see, of cheering crowds and heroes saving masses of people at once. This book narrows that focus. We see what happens to those that are saved, how that impacts their life. We get to see the girlfriend of a hero, how the constant hate brings her down and how her boyfriend's dream to save everyone leaves her in the sidelines, forgotten. We see what happens when a hero is no longer wanted, no longer 'profitable'. We get to see heroes become so with a variety of motivations, that not everyone sets out wanting to save the entire world. It gives a much more nuanced view of the superhero world as a whole, from the heroes that save the world and the individuals who save the heroes. Now I say above the execution wasn't always great. It wasn't. The writing wasn't impeccable, and it felt more like something I had to get through to understand the story. I also found Claire annoying at first til she gained more and more depth, but that's mainly due to how her character is constructed. It's extremely realistic because she just actually is kind of annoying in her obsession. Additionally, I can't fault the writing too much because at the same time, the two POVs were extremely distinct. You could tell who you were reading at all times, even if you went and removed all the names. All in all, I did really enjoy this even though I can't say the book is the best book ever. The superhero aspect of the novel is just done SO well, and to be honest, that's the most important part.
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  • Nannette Demmler
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley for an honest review.There was much to like about this book, but there were also a few things that I really didnt like. It was a fun and pretty fast read, with a lot of heart and two main characters that most people will be able to relate too.What I LikedThe juxtaposition of the two narrators story lines. Claire is just beginning her relationship with a superhero and Bridgette is four years in and wondering if it is all worth it.The budding romance ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley for an honest review.There was much to like about this book, but there were also a few things that I really didn’t like. It was a fun and pretty fast read, with a lot of heart and two main characters that most people will be able to relate too.What I LikedThe juxtaposition of the two narrator’s story lines. Claire is just beginning her relationship with a superhero and Bridgette is four years in and wondering if it is all worth it.The budding romance between Claire and Joy. They were really sweet together and I was pulling for them to get together.The fact that the story is told by two people who do not have super powers, but are affected by that world on a daily basis.There were some pretty funny bits, like when they first reveal Joy’s superhero costume and Claire points out that she can’t actually fight in it. Or like when Bridgette talks about how she has lost count of the number of times she has been kidnapped.The emotional toll of always being in the public’s eye through news and social media. I like that we got to see it from a super fan’s point of view (Claire) and through someone who constantly lives with the hate (Bridgette)I also really liked the realistic nature of Bridgette’s and Matt’s relationship and that it didn’t get wrapped up with a happy ending, but rather a hopeful one.What I didn’t likeThe whole mystery of who was behind the kidnappings and other evil things that were happening in the background, just didn’t work for me. I knew who it was almost instantly even with all of the red herrings that kept getting tossed at the reader along the way.I really did not like Joy’s super hero name: Girl Power. Really?! Anything else would have been better than that!It wasn’t super important to the story, but it might have helped the plot a little bit if we had been given a bit more history on Warrior Nation, how the superheroes get their powers and how they get selected to be in Warrior Nations. It might have helped explain the villain’s motive a bit better.Final ThoughtsThis was a fun and light read. It is a more character driven story with the emphasis on what it was like being in a relationship with someone who is in the public eye almost constantly. The emphasis on friendship and family was also nice to see along with the romance and a little bit of adventure thrown in.https://elnadesbookchat.com
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  • ♛ cameron ♛
    January 1, 1970
    Im not the biggest fan of superhero stories, but I do love fluffy sapphic romances, and thats what I expected from this book. Sadly I missed the part of the synopsis that said this book also features a m/f couple. The issue with this is that the m/f took more than half the story and was treated with more care, while the sapphic pairing was nothing more than a blob of sugary cringe. Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, and now that shes landed an internship with Warrior Nation, I’m not the biggest fan of superhero stories, but I do love fluffy sapphic romances, and that’s what I expected from this book. Sadly I missed the part of the synopsis that said this book also features a m/f couple. The issue with this is that the m/f took more than half the story and was treated with more care, while the sapphic pairing was nothing more than a blob of sugary cringe. Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, and now that she’s landed an internship with Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belonge, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest hero Girl Power, or Joy, who happens to be egotistical, self important, and pretty adorable. Bridgette wants out of the superhero scene due to her hero boyfriend not prioritizing her. I didn’t realize that this book was published by Disney, but once I started reading this book I could definitely tell it was aimed towards a younger audience. I didn’t really mind this, except for the fact that this has so much girl hate at the beginning. It reads as, “blonde girls suck because they’re pretty, and I’m special because I know one superhero.” Please don’t have sexism in books for children.Nothing at all happens in this book which is unfortunate. I expected some plot from a superhero story, but even the fluffy romance was nothing more than the sapphic couple constantly making out in supply closets. All the drama with the straight girl was pretty over the top as well. The villain was silly, and any problems got resolved in a page or two. My last comment before wrapping this review up is that I really need authors to stop describing black people’s skin as food. White people don’t get called whole wheat bread, so why do black people get described as caramel? This book definitely did have cute aspects to it, while the m/f pairing was forgettable, I did find the f/f one cute at times, despite not liking the main girl very much. I just wish this wasn’t advertised as sapphic.
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  • Jillian
    January 1, 1970
    This book was an interesting take on the superheroes are also members of society Incredibles type story, but from the perspective of the significant others of the superheroes. How would your life be impacted by dating what is essentially a celebrity superhero? This book suggests it would actually be impacted pretty negatively. I didnt love having to give this one a rating, because while its not among my favorite books I have read, or even close to that distinction, it was enjoyable. I feel like This book was an interesting take on the “superheroes are also members of society” Incredibles type story, but from the perspective of the significant others of the superheroes. How would your life be impacted by dating what is essentially a celebrity superhero? This book suggests it would actually be impacted pretty negatively. I didn’t love having to give this one a rating, because while it’s not among my favorite books I have read, or even close to that distinction, it was enjoyable. I feel like three stars implies a sort of “meh” experience, and to be clear, mine wasn’t. I liked it and it was a fun distraction. But I can’t quite bring myself to give it four, or even a three and a half. Things I liked about this book included the character of Bridget, the intricacies of the superhero organization, and what seemed to be a very realistic interpretation of the drawbacks of dating a public hero. I appreciated that Bridget put her own needs first, even as society told her that was a selfish thing to do. I also liked both Joy and Matt. What really confused me about this book was that I couldn’t tell who the intended audience was. The writing was clearly on the “younger” side of the YA category, maybe appropriate for 12 or 13 year olds. But the characters are in college, and some of the things that happen are quite graphic. As a result, I think the book is in a weird zone of being too “young” for older readers but being too mature in some areas for the readers for who might embrace the style of writing used. I also thought Claire came off as very immature and childish. Finally, the ending was a bit too open ended for me and didn’t fully address some of the issues brought up in the book. If you’re looking for a quick, fun read to get your superhero romance fix, this is a good choice. If you’re looking for something that goes a bit deeper with more mature writing, I’d go with Marissa Meyer’s excellent Renegades trilogy.
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  • Margaret Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    A new take on the superhero narrative think of Super Adjacent as a less gritty, young adult version of The Boys. In this world, superheroes have become commercialized, getting money for their high tech from a superhero corporation called Warrior Nation. Claire is a young fan/intern at Warrior Nation who sees the superheroes as more god-level movie stars than actual people that is until she meets cocky yet ill-prepared new hero, Girl Power. Meanwhile, college student Bridgette has stuck by her A new take on the superhero narrative – think of Super Adjacent as a less gritty, young adult version of The Boys. In this world, superheroes have become commercialized, getting money for their high tech from a superhero corporation called Warrior Nation. Claire is a young fan/intern at Warrior Nation who sees the superheroes as more god-level movie stars than actual people – that is until she meets cocky yet ill-prepared new hero, Girl Power. Meanwhile, college student Bridgette has stuck by her boyfriend Vaporizer’s side through good and bad during his time as superhero, but she thinks that the sponsorships and fans are starting to mean more to Vaporizer than her wants and needs. When all the superheroes are kidnapped, however, Claire and Bridgette will have to put their heads together to save the people they love by being heroes themselves. The book switches between Claire’s and Bridgette’s points of view as they struggle with strained relationships, unwanted fame, upset families, and corrupt power, both super and natural. You’ll be hooked until the end with the cool concept, great writing, and the mystery of who’s behind the mask.I will admit though, I knew who the mysterious new villain was right from chapter one; again, this pulled heavily from The Boys. BUT, since I cannot handle much blood and grit, this book was definitely more entertaining for me, personally, and actually follows the hero plot of the good guys always save the day. Even though the baddie was predictable (again, this was a me personally thing) the concept was such a cool one, and that it took place in Chicago made it even better for me, cause it really got the city down and sometimes it seems like all superheroes can only live in New York City. Like, it's a mix of every superhero TV show ever created but refreshing because in the book, every occurrence and dilemma has happened a million times before; in that regard, the characters' reactions are completely different and it's like reading a breath of fresh air when I've sort of read it all a million times before. If that makes sense?I also loved the fact that it was the lesbian couple, Girl Power and Claire, which got the whole lovey-dovey getting together story line. Meanwhile, it’s the heterosexual couple got the storyline where they had to actually work and fight to make it work; something I don’t see every day in a YA novel, though I want to! Overall, it’s just a great book for everyone that loves superheroes.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    In a world of superheroes, Claire is obsessed with Warrior Nation, the main superhero organization that also has a chapter in her hometown of Chicago. She's trying to land a coveted internship to help support her favorite superheroes when she comes across Chicago's newest superhero, the super-strong Joy. There's plenty of chemistry between them and a tentative relationship starts between them.In a world of superheroes, Bridgette, the long-term girlfriend of a Chicago superhero, is pretty much In a world of superheroes, Claire is obsessed with Warrior Nation, the main superhero organization that also has a chapter in her hometown of Chicago. She's trying to land a coveted internship to help support her favorite superheroes when she comes across Chicago's newest superhero, the super-strong Joy. There's plenty of chemistry between them and a tentative relationship starts between them.In a world of superheroes, Bridgette, the long-term girlfriend of a Chicago superhero, is pretty much sick of them and frustrated that even though she keeps getting kidnapped, injured and overshadowed, her boyfriend Matt seems to have very little time for her. When her future art-career is threatened, she resolves to end it between them.And meanwhile, Warrior Nation is in trouble. There's a growing super-powered threat as villains organize themselves into a siege of the city and not only are the superheroes worked to exhaustion, but they seem to be being targeted with inside knowledge and the Warrior Nation organization is behaving weirdly. When all four superheroes disappear, it's up to Claire and Bridgette to get to the bottom of things.The contrast between Claire and Bridgette's different relationships is cleverly done here and forms the core of the book. It's a different way to have a conversation about the impact to the people and family of those that are in the public eye and the marketing machines that drive that process. There's also more than a touch of the Lois Lane approach to story-telling about superheroes where the most interesting stories are of the normal people having to cope with a superperson in their lives, and maybe showing that normal is not necessarily ordinary.
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  • Megan Castleman
    January 1, 1970
    **This review is spoiler free**I read this book in one day and the whole time I was in the story i was obsessed with it! Unfortunately as soon as the story was over I could see all the problems. I found the characters relate-able but i do think they lacked a complete arc, the side charters had almost no arc or a half-done arc that left me feeling cheated rather than satisfied. For a character driven story that's a big problem, the plot of this story doesn't cover any problems either because the **This review is spoiler free**I read this book in one day and the whole time I was in the story i was obsessed with it! Unfortunately as soon as the story was over I could see all the problems. I found the characters relate-able but i do think they lacked a complete arc, the side charters had almost no arc or a half-done arc that left me feeling cheated rather than satisfied. For a character driven story that's a big problem, the plot of this story doesn't cover any problems either because the plot is almost a side character in itself, it was underdone and at the very end changed course (the plot twist got me tho not gonna lie).This book had tons of diversity done in a nonchalant way that felt natural and not "hey look I'm a diverse book!!".All in all, this book was a fun, fast, fluff novel that I would recommend to anyone looking to read something that will make you feel good. Although one of the main characters is in high school the other is going into their junior year of college so there isn't too much high school drama that can get annoying. If you like superheros, if you want a not too serious read then definitely give this a try!Also the cover is so cute in my opinion!:)
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  • Myron Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Claire is a lifelong WarNat fan who is looking to win an internship with the superhero team. Meanwhile Bridgette, tired of being neglected by her superhero boyfriend, is ready to leave him. After Claire starts dating Girl Power, she gets advice from Bridgette on dating a hero. The world of superheroes from the alternating viewpoints of two girls in relationships - one beginning, the other ending - with superheroes. Theres a contrast between Claires wide-eyed fangirl and Bridgettes frustration Claire is a lifelong WarNat fan who is looking to win an internship with the superhero team. Meanwhile Bridgette, tired of being neglected by her superhero boyfriend, is ready to leave him. After Claire starts dating Girl Power, she gets advice from Bridgette on dating a hero. The world of superheroes from the alternating viewpoints of two girls in relationships - one beginning, the other ending - with superheroes. There’s a contrast between Claire’s wide-eyed fangirl and Bridgette’s frustration with the disruptions in her life caused by her superhero boyfriend. Cestari deconstructs various superhero tropes like the significant other in distress in a light-hearted manner, yet underneath there is a serious message about finding a work-life balance. Claire’s realization about the realities of hero life and the dangers of dating a hero is a satisfying arc. Also Claire’s frustration over her boyfriend, Matt’s job as Vaporizer is relatable as she often feels she plays second fiddle to his superhero life. Overall this is a fun look at superheroes from the perspective of the non-superpowered people who live adjacent to them. Fans of C. B. Lee’s Sidekick Squad series would enjoy this book.Thanks NetGalley for providing an ARC for this book.
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  • Savanna
    January 1, 1970
    The thing you need to understand going in to this is that Super Adjacent is not a superhero book.I love superhero books. I devoured The Reckoners series, plodded through thousands of pages of Super Powereds, and reread Greg Ruckas No Mans Land every few years. I even put Super Adjacent on my superhero shelf on Goodreads. But thats not the core of this book. This book is about relationships. (My brother has just completely written off this book.) Super Adjacent is an excellent, nuanced look at The thing you need to understand going in to this is that Super Adjacent is not a superhero book.I love superhero books. I devoured The Reckoners series, plodded through thousands of pages of Super Powereds, and reread Greg Rucka’s No Man’s Land every few years. I even put Super Adjacent on my “superhero” shelf on Goodreads. But that’s not the core of this book. This book is about relationships. (My brother has just completely written off this book.) Super Adjacent is an excellent, nuanced look at the complications of being in a relationship with someone who has a self-sacrificing job. It’s a book about the stuff that arises when you begin to put a job you’ve always dreamed of ahead of the concerns of your mother, or prioritize seeing a new girlfriend over seeing your bestie. The main focus is on two couples—one straight, older, and on the verge of breaking up, and the other late highs school/early college, f/f, and new. The context is superheroes, but I could also see a version of this focusing instead on cops, firefighters, EMTs, or FBI agents (etc., etc.). I enjoyed this book, but it didn’t blow me out of the park. Again, I think I was looking for a good superhero fix, and this wasn’t it. I enjoyed some parts: LGBT representation without it being a plot point, complex characterization of the main characters and their partners (e.g., a person isn’t evil just because they break up with you), and the major mystery was fun though I did see the twist coming. I struggled with others—as other reviewers have mentioned, the summary notes the heroes are all kidnapped… but that happens about 60% of the way through the book. Overall, pretty good but not what I thought it was going to be.
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  • Natalie Dunne
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! Cestari does a fantastic job of establishing Warrior Nation as the positive force to fight crime, in a world where super heroes and villains are a part of everyday life. Her description of the WarNats helps the reader see just how crazy people are about these heroes.I loved both main characters, Claire and Bridgette. Both strong, smart women. Both with their own worries and super hero sized stressors. Cestari developed their characters very well and made the reader get I loved this book! Cestari does a fantastic job of establishing Warrior Nation as the positive force to fight crime, in a world where super heroes and villains are a part of everyday life. Her description of the WarNats helps the reader see just how crazy people are about these heroes.I loved both main characters, Claire and Bridgette. Both strong, smart women. Both with their own worries and super hero sized stressors. Cestari developed their characters very well and made the reader get attached to and want good things to happen for both.I loved the plot because it's not your typical super hero story. I liked that you only heard about what the heros were doing from a far. Instead, when the heroes did something, the story focused on how it affected the two main characters. I really liked that. As the plot went on, it made me want to keep reading. Definitely a page turner!I also loved the Chicago setting. Being from the suburbs myself, it was a fun treat to read about about familiar highways, news, stations, landmarks, etc.Definitely recommend this book!
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  • Jasmin
    January 1, 1970
    Well written YA novel set in beautiful, gritty Chicago that's told from two different, yet similar perspectives. We meet Claire, who's almost ready to graduate high school but has her sights up in the sky and zeroed in on her favorite Chicago superheroes. There's also Bridgette, who happens to be dating one of the Chicago superheroes while trying to work on her artistic endeavors. Each show us how they navigate the ins and outs of being surrounded by larger-than-life characters while trying to Well written YA novel set in beautiful, gritty Chicago that's told from two different, yet similar perspectives. We meet Claire, who's almost ready to graduate high school but has her sights up in the sky and zeroed in on her favorite Chicago superheroes. There's also Bridgette, who happens to be dating one of the Chicago superheroes while trying to work on her artistic endeavors. Each show us how they navigate the ins and outs of being surrounded by larger-than-life characters while trying to always remain helpful to the ones they love. Brilliant, well written plot that keeps you turning the page, wanting to learn more on the fate of not only the heroes, but those who are right by their sides.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This book was one of the best three star books I've read in a while. I like the characters. The plot leaves something to be desired in the third act for sure, but ultimately still good. I think Joy and Claire could have been developed more. The twist was predictable. The development of characters was a little jerky jerky. And towards the end I was rolling my eyes OFTEN, but the writing was never unbelievable just corny so I didn't put the book down. I wouldn't recommend this book. I didn't find This book was one of the best three star books I've read in a while. I like the characters. The plot leaves something to be desired in the third act for sure, but ultimately still good. I think Joy and Claire could have been developed more. The twist was predictable. The development of characters was a little jerky jerky. And towards the end I was rolling my eyes OFTEN, but the writing was never unbelievable just corny so I didn't put the book down. I wouldn't recommend this book. I didn't find the ending very conclusive as far as the characters wrapping up their personal conflicts, but the main conflict was a wrap for sure. Definitely feeling so so on this one but ultimately wouldn't say it was a bad book. 3.5/5
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  • A. Halos
    January 1, 1970
    Cool plot, not much beyond that. The characters didn't feel like they were fully fleshed out. It was hard to understand their motivations and pretty obvious who the villain was from the beginning. Bridgette and Claire kind of felt like the same person and I almost wonder why they were two different people in the first place. There also didn't seem to be much in terms of racial diversity besides Vaporizer's last name being Rodriguez. There was little to no description in terms of characters and Cool plot, not much beyond that. The characters didn't feel like they were fully fleshed out. It was hard to understand their motivations and pretty obvious who the villain was from the beginning. Bridgette and Claire kind of felt like the same person and I almost wonder why they were two different people in the first place. There also didn't seem to be much in terms of racial diversity besides Vaporizer's last name being Rodriguez. There was little to no description in terms of characters and setting, it was mostly dialogue and vague action, and many characters felt two-dimensional. It read more like a self-insert fanfiction than anything else, but the concept was cool so I finished it. Spoiler: The lesbians don't end up together. I think.
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  • Heather Sokolsky
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED THIS!! A fun new take on traditional YA romances, breathing new life into what it means to fight for a relationship. Though the beginning did lack a bit of plot, it was still incredibly magnetic to read. Clarie, while a little annoying, was a perfect portrayal of a fangirl. From her dramatic gasps, to overwhelming knowledge of War Nation. Bridgette was her matching voice of reason, with her own intelligent and interesting issues. The last quarter of the book is when it spices up, and LOVED THIS!! A fun new take on traditional YA romances, breathing new life into what it means to fight for a relationship. Though the beginning did lack a bit of plot, it was still incredibly magnetic to read. Clarie, while a little annoying, was a perfect portrayal of a fangirl. From her dramatic gasps, to overwhelming knowledge of War Nation. Bridgette was her matching voice of reason, with her own intelligent and interesting issues. The last quarter of the book is when it spices up, and though I credit myself to both the girls both guesses of the villain in the early stages, the ending had me just as surprised. Incredible writing, and amazing dynamic characters with a lot of representation. A true joy to read.
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  • Laura Mauro
    January 1, 1970
    *I got this book for review for my honest thoughts*I found this book to such a fun read and i really loved the world. I thought the world building was so well crafted. I also really liked both main characters and thought that both characters really helped expand the world. I really liked both romances and felt that they were both so fun and loved the LGBTQ representing. I thought the also various media elements at the end of each chapter really helped expand the world. I thought this book had a *I got this book for review for my honest thoughts*I found this book to such a fun read and i really loved the world. I thought the world building was so well crafted. I also really liked both main characters and thought that both characters really helped expand the world. I really liked both romances and felt that they were both so fun and loved the LGBTQ representing. I thought the also various media elements at the end of each chapter really helped expand the world. I thought this book had a strong mystery that was hard to predict but super engaging. I also thought this was a solid standalone but would love to see more books set in this world.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    [3.5]I really enjoyed the concept of this book and how it centered around two people who usually would be side characters. However, I had a problem with the pacing. It felt like it only picked up halfway through and then it was just a race to the finish line. The way everything was wrapped up seemed a little rushed, especially with the two romances. I think happy endings arent overrated and to leave things open ended with regards to romance in a stand alone novel isnt a good idea. So while I did [3.5]I really enjoyed the concept of this book and how it centered around two people who usually would be side characters. However, I had a problem with the pacing. It felt like it only picked up halfway through and then it was just a race to the finish line. The way everything was wrapped up seemed a little rushed, especially with the two romances. I think happy endings aren’t overrated and to leave things open ended with regards to romance in a stand alone novel isn’t a good idea. So while I did enjoy reading this book, it definitely had some issues that stood in the way of me enjoying it more.
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  • Cait Callaghan
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at p. 38May keep this one in my classroom for my students, it may interest some of them. It was a very juvenile plot/writing style for a YA book. At the same time the chapters were really long for YA, and the pacing was so so slow. The characters were flat and hard to root for.Overall this reminded me of the short lived TV show "Powerless" with Vanessa Hudgens about working in a corporate office that assisted super heroes. Much like that show, this did not have a lot to offer.
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