March 10, 2020

Review: Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari

Super Adjacent
by Crystal Cestari
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion

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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 was a fun read! I think there were elements that were a bit unbelievable, but in a world where you're trying to convince us of super heroes, the unbelievable does kind of come with the territory. 

I have to be honest - I do not get this cartoon cover trend. I get that Super Adjacent is Young Adult, but to be honest, I feel like the intended audience is at a stage in their life where they are more likely to skip this book than they are to pick it up, based on the cover. 

Speaking of intended audiences - if I had one complaint about the book, it would be that. What IS the intended audience? It is young adult, sure, and I know that there are a plethora of sub-genres and variations to young adult. But to me it felt like Super Adjacent jumped back and forth between intended age groups. At times it felt very MG, but then suddenly the characters would use YA language and it felt a bit inconsistent.

Ultimately though, I enjoyed this book! The characters were a lot of fun, and it was pretty entertaining.

Cover: 2 | Characters: 3 | Plot: 4 | Pace: 4 | Creativity: 4

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