Author: Chris Priestley
Published by: Hot Key Press Publication date: 17th June 2017
Genres: General Fiction/ Young Adult/ Teen/ Contemporary/
Price: £6.99 (GBP)
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.
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
I rate this a 4/5 stars read