First of all, let me say I hate prejudice of any kind. This book shows a young boy trying to come to grips with his sexual preferences with today's society of morons. Yep, morons. It was heart wrenching at times for me, when listening to his coping with this. I did enjoy this book very much and yep, would recommend it for others to read. Especially our society's "morons" who keep insisting everyone needs to fit "their mold". Please read this book, it's quite entertaining, educational, and at times will make you laught and cry.
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.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
I was expecting a fast paced adventure story with touches of the TV show Heros. I got that plus a great deal more. I am an adult and found this as engaging as if it had not been YA fiction. Don???t let the YA put you off. The hero grew up and did it very well. HIs parents were human and his world was difficult. It was actually inspiring. The main character was an admirable young man. I really liked this book. It had twists and was well plotted. Well written. I hope there are more and if so, I will most definitely buy the next in the series.
Acupuncture student with a long commute to school who loves quirky horror and sci-fi/fantasy
This is a fantastic book, and such an inspiration for young adult novel that includes a gay superhero. I am inspired by this it was so fantastic
I'm not a superhero or comics fan, but I loved this story. Tom is a great hero. It was interesting watching his powers evolve.
Though I had correctly guessed the identity of Darkman, it didn't take away my enjoyment of the book.
I am thrilled this will be a series as I certainly haven't had enough of Tom.
This was the first time I'd heard a book narrated by Michael Urie. He is a fantastic narrator. The voices he chose to represent each character really made them all come to life. I hope he will be narrating the whole series.
I love that this book has a gay main character, and the overall story arc is good. However, I feel that it could have been written better. The author never gives a good sense of time, casually mentioning that a day, a week, or months had past without any growth of the character when outside of the readers view. The powers of the main character also have random growth spurts in the middle of the different action scenes even though there's no indication he practices with them for training. As the book is written from the first person perspective, the lack of introspection on the part of the main character makes him seem shallow and self centered, not to mention dense as heck for not picking up on the very few social queues that are thrown in as mcguffins.
New York based author.
For a lot of guys growing up, it’s hard to miss how much the comic book superhero secret identity thing overlaps with the double lives young gay people find themselves trapped in, as they weigh the risks of coming out against the heartache of keeping secrets. Hero is a pitch-perfect narrative of teen basketball star Thom Creed, who has to deal with hiding both his powers and his attraction to other guys.
Perry Moore deftly keeps the story away from being “about” these tropes, keeping the focus on Thom and what happens to him as the world forces his hand and he figures out where he belongs in it. Michael Urie does a great job rendering a broad array of characters, and the audiobook also boasts a sweet preface by Stan Lee himself.
This book had a lot of potential. In fact, it was a pretty good story (although the middle was hard to get through because the plot was unclear) but it didn't quite live up. The author touches on a lot of deep and hard issues but that's all he does. He skirts around them and never really delves into anything below the surface. I wish he had. This book would have been a force to be reckoned with.
The narrator does a wonderful job, you feel as if he is totally caught up in the story! He made the dragging middle bit a lot more fun.
Overall a nice casual listen.
I first read this story in a Queer Literature class in college and, while I don't struggle with the same things Thom does in the book, I did understand his struggle for self-acceptance as I think all children go through this, so I connected with it. I have the print copy, and I just had to have a copy for audio because most of the books I read now are audio.
I have always loved super heroes and have read dozens of comic books and seen all of the movies. The story is amazing and I love it. Thom's narration is so honest and realistic. He's such a snarky and lovable character and I'm very sad that Perry Moore is unable to share more of Thom's adventures and life with us.
I think that this book needs to be in everyone's library, whether it's audible (which is wonderful) or print.
I've read this book more than three times and every time I get sucked into this amazing universe Perry Moore has created. I bought the audio book because I wanted to hear the story being told me. As I drove, as I watched the sunset, and as I sat on the beach, I was taken once again to his universe which I love. The audio work was great and Hilarious at times!!! I highly recommend the audiobook and book!!!! You won't regret it!!!