TV-free, Battery-operated-toy-shunning, Natural-ish Mama
Not having been about superheros in that geeky, old-fashioned Marvel comics way, where they actually wear tights and capes and act like dorky-but-powerful DudleyDo-Rights. Not having been about a gay boy having a cheesy teen crush on a dorky, cape-wearing superhero called "UberMan" (gag!).
Just FYI, being GBLTetc-friendly, it's not the gay part I minded, it's the google-eyed drooly-dreamy teenybopper fantasizing that made me retch - boy or girl, this is NEVER attractive. Or interesting.
"Just looking at UberMan's strong muscles through his tight unitard made me imagine resting my head on his manly, hairy chest as he whispered romantic sweet nothings in my ear and read me a noble, uplifting bedtime story. With UberMan, it's not just that he's soooo handsome and wonderful, it's that he's really sensitive and sweet, too! He not only fights crime and saves the world every day, but he spends his spare time rescuing household pets from danger and volunteering at the retirement home! Oooh, UberMan! You're so DREAMY!" I mean, REALLY. All this in the first chapter of the book, basically.
The main character (the gay teen) is totally NOT relatable. I have NEVER known anyone like him, NEVER. The character is just so contrived...I cannot believe that he is a real person. I can't believe that ANYONE in this book is real...they are all so sterotyped and ridiculous. The book is written in the first person, natch (hardly ever a good start), and the protagonist must mention his father's mysterious disgrace and how much everyone hates his father now, and how all the superheros despise his father after his fall from grace (even though the father has a "trophy room" full of commendations, such as the one he received for singlehandedly saving the planet from a fleet of alien ships from another planet), and he brings up this "disgrace" about four hundred times by the third chapter. Halfway thru the book and still haven't found out what the mysterious disgrace is all about, but it's still hammered on about...it gets a mention every fourth paragraph or so, with no more explaination than in the beginning. Really?! Talk about beating a dead horse to death!
What would have made this book better? Probably, um, not having been written.
Something that has NOTHING to do with superheros (I'll never chance another superhero book again) and something that is NOT on the Audible list of "You Really, Truly Shouldn't Miss Out On These Amazing Books" booklist for teens.
I was surprised to see "Hero" on that list alongside "Great Expectations" and, now that I've listened to it, I'm even more surprised. Shocked, really. Wondering what they are smoking over there at Audible, and more importantly, what has it been laced with. Sheesh!
No. His voice is annoying. I can't really say why. It's just the kind of voice that gets under my skin...there's a little bit of a pathetic whine to his performance (or maybe that's just the "voice" of the character), but he didn't do anything special with the other characters in the book, either. It was pretty underwhelming.
UberMan, first. Then the disgraced Dad. Then all the rest of them. If there was a dog or something, I might leave it. There's not much harm a household pet can do in a book utterly devoid of any other characters.
I will be returning this book at my earliest opportunity. Do not waste your credits on this one, seriously. There are *plenty* of other really bad books out there that are better than this one!
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.
I really think it could have left out the the character making out with guys. I understand he's gay and even understand that, that particular part of him is important to the story. But it doesn't mean I needed to hear the details of him with another guy.
Other than that it was a fantastic story with great characters.
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!!!
I'm of two minds about this novel. It is strongest when dealing with Tom's family and personal problems. The superhuman aspects of the plot are much weaker. I could have done without the epic conflict which forms the climax of the story. Alas that this is the author's only novel.
I'm not much for super heroes but this was so much more. A real story of self discovery and growing up different. I can't even wrap my head around how this book could convey such real emotion in such a fanciful way. This will from here on be one of my favorites. If you enjoy characters who could be real people flaws and all give this a chance.
Absolutely! No matter how I read this book (physical book form, kindle edition, OR listening to it via audible), I always fall in love with the story and the characters. It's a very entertaining read.
Thom and Scarlett. Their relationship felt very fluid and relatable
I'm not a huge Superhero fan but I appreciated the realistic representation of the genre.
Mr. Moores narrative style was very effective. I liked how he established back store while the main character looked at old photos.
I'm surprised to learn that this isn't a series of comics.
The somewhat fem sounding voice of the guy who narrated was a little annoying but I guess they wanted a typical gay sounding guy for a gay protagonist. As far as the story, there were no surprises around the next chapter. All of the plot twists were broadcast way before they happened. Still, I don't regret reading it.