Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.Goodreads synopsis for Not Your Sidekick
I adore comic books and superheroes so I have been waiting to read Not Your Sidekick for a while, then a friend told me how good it was and to the top of the TBR it went.
Where to start? The bisexual Vietnamese-Chinese Jess Tran, daughter of 2 Metas, who is approaching her 17th birthday and still isn’t displaying any powers. Or the science genius younger brother already at college and constantly creating. How about Jess’ best friend Bells, who is trans, The diversity and representation is brilliant.
And the story gave me a whole Sky High vibe, which is a highly underrated movie. I loved it. Not your sidekick is fun, sweet and funny. Every character is enough to have their own book and I’d read every one of them. It hits every superhero stereotype in a tongue in cheek kind of way, there’s the secret identity bailing on your friends who don’t realise its’ you, there’s the moving bookshelf to hide your hero paraphernalia, there’s even monologuing! I enjoyed the development of powers and the training that the metas got and the how do they get on the hero vs villain path.
It’s a refreshing take on the superhero genre, I’m looking forward to reading Bell’s story in Not Your Villian.