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, whom 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read quite a few superhero books this year (separate from superhero comics) and I think this one was the best! It was so fun and the world was interesting and I can't wait for the sequel. ALSO, best couple ever, they were so cuuuute and there were major Scarlet Pimpernel stuff which is my favorite thing and should be done more in superhero things because SECRET IDENTITIES!!
Not Your Sidekick doesn't have a fresh take on the superhero genre, really, but it has an interesting storyline. In the future, (like the next century) radiation and wars have left cities smaller and the world filled with meta-humans, people who got superpowers from a radiation event. As it is hereditary, Jessica thinks she might have a shot at being superhero (like her parents and star older sister), but when she doesn't show any abilities until the cut-off age, she decides to join an internship instead. Only thing, she soon realizes the internship is for her superhero-duo parents' archnemeses, the Mischiefs. But that's okay, because most of her job is sorting files and stuff and there is her cute crush who is working in the same division. Firstly, I have to say, Jessica is of Chinese-Vietnamese descent, so there is frequent mention of foods and cultures, which makes you think, whew - at least that survived everything. Also, there are mentions of her friends' Mexican and Creole heritages. Also, Jessica is bisexual and Bells is a trans-boy, and it is all treated pretty normal. They even have frank discussions of discussing pronouns on more than one occasion in the book. And discussions about ethnicity and immigration. Jessica's main story arc is the romance going on between her and Abby, and there is a brief story-line about secret identities. Jessica, though, is a slightly frustrating protagonist in that she is so oblivious, considering she is the daughter of two secret superheroes - girl has no sense of suspicion! On more than one occasion, I wanted to get inside the book, and shake her or at least point with a huge foam finger at the obviousness of the 'secrets'. The villain arc, aka the arc where the whole truth about the heroes and villains are revealed, was perhaps the most interesting part of the book, but the ending that flows out from it is dull. However, it has a sequel so I am hoping it picks up from there and gets better.