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[Book Review] “SUPERPOWERLESS” by Chris Priestley

 

Title: Superpowerless 
Author: Chris Priestley

Published by: Hot Key Press Publication date: 17th June 2017 

Genres: General Fiction/ Young Adult/ Teen/ Contemporary/
Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 
9781471404979
Price: £6.99 (GBP)


  • Synopsis

David is sixteen. A pretty ordinary boy, in most ways – he just wants to hang out in his bedroom, reading his dad’s old comics. Comics that are full of his heroes – those figures whose lives are charmed, special, unique.

Life hasn’t been easy recently for David, though. His father died just a couple of years ago, he has a fractious relationship with his mum, and he has fallen out with his best friend. But, David has a secret, which he hasn’t told anyone.

He has superpowers. He can soar through the air, he has superhearing, he feels and hears everything super-keenly. So life should be easier, then, shouldn’t it? But somehow it’s not – and when David gets involved with the girl next door, gorgeous Holly Hunter, he begins to realise just how very complicated it can get.

David’s harbouring another secret, a deeper darker one, and on this journey from boyhood to manhood, will he have the courage to face up to it?

 

 

  • Review

Well firstly, Thank you Mr Priestley! I finally finished reading Superpowerless at 5:17am. Luckily I wasn’t working that morning, otherwise i might have just cried at a 7am alarm….

“I think about sex all the time. All the time. Well, sex and death and comics.”  or so 16 year old David admits to the older, and certainly more streetwise Holly; his neighbour, and the object of his teenage fantasies. Strange circumstances make them friends as David comes to terms with his grief and feelings of helplessness at being unable to ‘save’ his father, his loneliness after withdrawing from friendships, his infatuation for Holly, and his uncertainty over girls, sex and relationships. Holly struggles with her own demons regarding selfworth, and failed and unhealthy relationships.

Obsessed with the comic books left behind by his father, David attempts to rationalise his feelings by constructing a superpowered alterego.

Torn between his loneliness and his belief that with the mantle of superhero comes a necessity to be alone and unknown, he spends his days watching the neighbourhood through his dad’s old telescope and imagining how it would feel to fly unseen and unhindered by the constraints of ‘normal life’.

Through his own loneliness, grief and uncertainty; he finds it increasingly difficult to reach out and connect with those around him.

 

  • Thoughts

Whilst unlike my usual choice of reading material, I very much enjoyed this book (probably made obvious by the aforementioned 5:17am fiasco!) and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA fiction. I particularly think it would resonate with teenagers struggling with their own perceptions of not fitting in, and/or those trying to come to terms with prior loss.

 

  •  The Author

You can find out more about the author via his website or blog, or connect with him via Facebook or Twitter @crispriestley.

 

I rate this a 4/5 stars read

Disclosure: A free ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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