Book Review

Not Your Sidekick Review

Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1)


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.

My Review

Firstly, this review is all thanks to Michelle

Alright, onward and upward to the review!

I will admit right off the bat that I wasn’t always a fan of Lee’s writing style in regards to the abrupt changes in what was happening, BUT, aside from that, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS book!!!

It’s perfect for YA/Older MG readers, and the diversity of the cast is all-around amazing. Seriously, what a wonderful cast, omg, I loved them all so much.

I also really enjoyed the fact that Lee wrote it so where us, the readers, know what Jess didn’t and it was a bit of agony watching her saying something where you knew the truth of, say, the impact of what she said was, or who she was saying things to.

Also, Jess being bisexual was one of the reasons I picked it up, I don’t think there’s enough bi-rep on my shelves and this was a great way to expand that.

Some may call this predictable, but I think that’s the fun in this read, knowing what our MC doesn’t. Does everything need to be a surprise to be enjoyable? I don’t think so, at least not for me.

This is a book I would happily pass onto my spawn to read, she’s a huge fan of heroes, and I would love the chance for her reading to include this work with its hugely diverse cast.

Every now and then we need a book where the heroes and villains have a good old fashioned throw down, the small little twists were great, but I loved that it was also a bit of an ode to old school comic heroes while also just giving us all the diverse characters we need.

Also, I won’t lie, Chameleon was hands down my fave, I won’t say more, no spoilers, but, bring on book 2!!!!

4.5/5 Cups of Coffee from this very caffeinated reader atm, don’t ask what cup I’m on, Idk.

Superheroes, adorable crushes, diverse cast, great rep, and egg-cellent villains. I definitely recommend this book.

By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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