Review: The Supervillain and Me

Review: The Supervillain and Me

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Title: The Supervillain and Me

Author: Danielle Banas

Format: hardback, library book.

Pages: 307

Published: 10 August 2018

Memorable Quote: “Scars say a lot about a person, you know. What you’ve been through. What you defeated before it defeated you. Your fears. Memories. Strengths. Weaknesses. The things you love, the things you hope will never slip away. They tell a story…”

Favorite Character(s): Iron Phantom, Abby, Fish Boy.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis: Morriston, Pennsylvania is far from a safe city. Crime is through the roof, and superheroes, like Abby Hamilton’s brother (Conner, aka Red Comet), are constantly fighting criminals and saving cats from trees. Abby has no powers of her own and has no desire to be a super. She just wants to land the lead in the school play and maybe get closer to the mysterious new guy at school, Isaac. One night, however, Abby is saved from a mugging by a new super – Iron Phantom. He convinces her to help him stop a potential new threat to their city. The only problem? Morriston is convinced Iron Phantom is a villain, and they have video footage to prove it. Abby must decide who is worth trusting – the bad guy or the heroes?

Review:

The Supervillain and Me is a cute, fun, easy read that definitely made me smile and reminisce on one of my old-school favorite Disney movies, Sky High. This book was the right amount of cheesy and adorable for me. I’m usually not a fan of contemporaries, but if more had lovable super villains, I think I would read them quite frequently.

Look at how adorable the cover of the book is!!! I love it so much.

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actual footage of me

This book also made me reconsider what it means to be a villain and a hero, because nothing is really as simple as it seems.

Abby is an enjoyable protagonist. She’s smart, determined, independent, and flawed. She’s a teenage girl without being over the top. Her worries range from minor things like boys, to major things like saving the city. Her conflicted emotions over helping Iron Phantom are also notable because she thinks about them so constantly. It’s not like she feels a little conflicted for a minute then changes her mind. Rather, she spends the majority of the book wondering and hoping that she’s doing the right thing by aiding the bad guy. Despite not having super powers like her brother and Iron Phantom, she is able to be the hero for both supers (especially when they just fought amongst each other) and herself.

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Actual footage of Abby

I liked that the boys in the story had their own issues, and that each of them cry or have an emotional reaction at some point. It’s important in books that boys, young men, and adult men are able to have emotions and react to various situations. I think it helps readers learn that emotions are OK to have, and that it’s normal to cry. When the boys in the book cried it was just that – normal, which I appreciated.

Each character in The Supervillain and Me brought their own strength to the storyline, whether or not it involved powers. All the characters were witty and enjoyable, though they were not overly in-depth. They were just a fun group of characters that I was quite content to read about.

Themes of grief and family really stuck out to me, adding a more thoughtful layer to an otherwise very humerous book. Banas does a great job of exploring these themes in depth and really showing how they impact each character differently.

All in all, this was a great read. I’m quite proud of myself for figuring out Iron Phantom’s identity and the plot twist. With how serious superhero movies are, it was nice to read a book that didn’t take itself as seriously the entie time.

This book gave serious flashbacks of Sky High and Danny Phantom with the amount of humor and heart it has, which makes me hope that there will be more books to come!

So…Questions:

  1.  Who is your favorite superhero?
  2. Favorite villain?
  3.  Did you live for Danny Phantom too? Or was it just me? (2004 was an easier time….)

 

 

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