The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas (2018)
Teen Fiction | Superheroes/Sci-Fi
“Never trust a guy in spandex.
In Abby Hamilton’s world, superheroes do more than just stop crime and save cats stuck in trees—they also drink milk straight from the carton and hog the television remote. Abby’s older brother moonlights as the famous Red Comet, but without powers of her own, following in his footsteps has never crossed her mind.
That is, until the city’s newest vigilante comes bursting into her life.
After saving Abby from an attempted mugging, Morriston’s fledgling supervillain Iron Phantom convinces her that he’s not as evil as everyone says, and that their city is under a vicious new threat. As Abby follows him deeper into their city’s darkest secrets, she comes to learn that heroes can’t always be trusted, and sometimes it’s the good guys who wear black.”
pooled ink Review:
So I’ve been wanting to read this ever since it came out because I’m always up for some superpowers haha. My library came through for me and I’m happy to report that this was a super cute and fun read! Superheroes, supervillains, superpowers, oh and drama club. Filled with the overlapping trials and clichés of comic books and high school this book sweeps along at a quick pace. Abby has more insight into the life of supers than most since her brother just happens to be one but it’s when her path crosses that of a new super that she finally understands everyone else’s frustration with a super’s secret life. What begins as mere curiosity grows more complicated as this particular super grows notoriety on the news as the city’s first official supervillain and simultaneously begins showing up at her bedroom window trying to convince her otherwise.
This was a fun teenage rom-com with the added intrigue of superpowers and secret identities and of course an evil mastermind threatening the welfare of the city. There are plenty of cool action sequences right alongside many embarrassing high school slip-ups making this pretty funny as well as exciting. Truth be told I don’t have a ton to say since this isn’t exactly some deep story but that isn’t what it was trying to be. It does take a few dark dips and tragic turns which helped balance the levity in many of the other scenes but I’d still categorize this as pure entertainment and I had a great time reading it.
The Supervillain and Me is funny, cute, and entertaining as it mixes together heroes in spandex with awkward teenagers wading their way through life. Clichés are teased, villains are vanquished, a girl’s affections lie in the balance, and one by one secret identities are stripped away unveiling truths that are remarkably human.
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Meet Danielle Banas!
Danielle Banas, a Pittsburgh native, earned a degree in communication from Robert Morris University. After years spent dreaming up characters instead of paying attention in class, Danielle joined the storytelling platform Wattpad, where her work has received millions of views online. When she isn’t writing, she can be found loudly singing show tunes, spouting off Walt Disney World trivia, and snuggling with her puppy. THE SUPERVILLAIN AND ME is her debut novel.