I LOVED this book. I thought I would try a book that was a bit outside of my norm (I usually go for the Stephanie Plum type books). But I wanted to see what a book with an openly gay main character would be like. And other than it being a driving plot vehicle, it was not a turn off. Since I have a person very close to me who is gay, I wanted to see if their world was really different than mine (nope, its not -- except for the super hero part!) :)
Listen to it. Its great. I would recommmend it to teenagers -- especially those who are struggling with their sexuality or know people who are struggling.
I cried at the end. I will definately look for more books by Perry Moore.
I must say first that I can relate to this book very much, except for the super powers of course. I loved the whole story so much that it makes me sad that I've already finished it. There are really cool characters and really weird ones too. The story kept it slightly dark but dynamic and enjoyable too. It really kept the book interesting and me glued to the point that I didn't want to do anything but listen to the book. Hopefully the writer will make a sequel to this book. This is most definitely a good read or listen.
I could not stop I had to finish this all the way thru I sat in my vechical for a over a half hour just to finish the book. I made me laugh and cry. I hope there is another addition to this book I would love to get it.
Under the guise of a fun filled comic book adventure, lies the story of a young boy struggling with his sexuality. In a country, that we must remember was first settled by Puritans,and 400 years later still cannot rid itself of the disdain it continues to show towards sex in general. Add to that the idea, that sex in question may not be what we consider "normal", and most people still tend to react extremely poorly.
Let me get off my soapbox here, and just say this is a thoroughly engaging hero, that while enjoying all his adventures, we might even learn something on a deeper level. Don't be afraid to read this book. With all due respect to other readers who have a right to have their opinion, do not be afraid to confront masturbation. This is after all a book for teens. I personally found the way Mr. Moore presented the scene rather "innocent".
Read this book, have your kids read it, have your grandkids read it and then "talk about it". I intend to buy a bunch of written copies and hand them out.
This is an incredible book. Enjoy!
54-year-old community college IT instructor. Over 500 titles in "My Library."
I thought I would like Hero. However, the longer I listened to this story, the more I disliked it. Towards the end (and I did force myself to go all the way to the conclusion), I found myself hitting the fast-forward button to skip over a few minutes here and there.
You're inside the head of a teenager. You will be listening to a teenager's thoughts and feelings. For a teenage listener, this will probably be entertaining. For an adult listener, you may find this experience "uncomfortable."
I can find pleasure in reading a young adult novel or comic book story. I've enjoyed seeing The Avengers movies. But there were too many times during Hero that I had thoughts like "This conversation (with another character or with himself) is stupid." And there were fight sequences where the way heroes used their powers made no sense.
If you're a young adult, I think you'll probably like the story. If you've moved beyond the teenage years, you may not find the story or writing mature enough for you.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the book but after hearing the audio excerpt I decided to give it a try in the audio version and was surprised! It was pretty good, definately made me laugh out loud in some places! I loved "KickAss" and this was a good combination of it and other super hero characters.
A great book. I wish all young gay male teens to read this. We all need someone to look up to. Well written and very humorous. Michael Urie did an amazing job reading. Very enjoyable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I like science fiction, fantasy and mystery novels, especially the cosy mysteries and loved comic books as a kid. I found Thom's romantic relationships very easy to relate to and enjoyed seeing which heros were inspired by which comic character from my childhood. The only reason I took a star off is b/c I didn't really understand the transformation of Thom's powers. Perhaps I wasn't listening carefully enough but how the transmutation of the energy from healing into other abilities occurred was confusing. It's probably just being overly analytical on my side but it did bother me. I was quite sad to find that Perry Moore has recently passed away and that one of his projects had been a sequel to this novel. The first thing I did after finishing it was to look for the next book as I really wanted to find out what was next for these characters. RIP, Mr. Moore and I'm glad you gave us this book before your untimely passing.
I often found myself asking if this title was written just for me. Being a gay superhero has been difficult and it was nice to hear of someone else who has been through the same experiences as I have. I have repeatedly recommended this book to others so they can better understand what I went through as a young super-hero and in many ways am still going through as an adult. If you are looking for a fun read, this is it. If you are looking for a coming-of-age story like you have never heard, this is it. I highly recommend this title and anxiously await the next book in the series!!
It was good.
No. Its great to see gay men as leads but the book has much to be desired otherwise
I really wanted to like this book as I loved the idea of a gay man as the lead but it fell short: the superhero powers seemed arbitrary and the character development was way to simple and predictable.