Artfully covers the burden gay superheros must endure. Great airplane listening! Quality writing and character development.
I have read this book at least 10 times since it came out, it never gets old. I decided to try it out as an audio book and was excited to see it was narrated by Michael Urie one of my favorite actors. His performance of the story was perfect! I'm so glad to be able to hear someone else give this story the reading it deserves.
Loved the book and I hope more follow it's example.
To me it represented the struggle of life's circumstances and the ability to defy being defined by them.
The most memorable moment was near the end, when the the reader gets to catch a glimpse of what made the father such a great character.
[Couldn't buy the eBook, so this was the next best way to honor the author] No review for the narrator to offer.
I liked it. I had been a super hero fan since youth. My favorite being Wonder Woman, but if I had read the latest than superman would do. So wanting something fun I picked this to listen to and it was as good as the dear heroes of yesteryear. I loved the young Dario coming into his powers. I liked the part about coming into ones own and accepting the truth. Bravo! They are still fighting the evils of our world. Loved it!
Just a guy that likes a good story.
So this is a great story about the struggles of being a gay boy in America. I see this all of the time in daily life and it make me very sad for the kids who have to deal with that kind of persecution. That being said, the novel summary plays like it is a super hero book. In reality it is a book about the trials and tribulations of a kid who doesn't align with societies preconceived placement who just happens to have super powers. It is a good novel with a good story but make no mistake, this is not a super hero novel, this is a novel that attempts to bring light to a challenging social problem through super hero fiction. This story gets 4 star instead of five not because of the afore mentioned summary issues, but instead because of the 'woe is me' feeling through the book. Instead of a feeling of empowerment, I just felt sad which made it a hard listen.
I chose this book just because it sounded different. It was a great listen. His hero is so honest human and broken. His struggles are the same as anyone his age , he, just, has the added extra of superpowers.
listening to such blatant bigotry and heterosexism in this day and age was painful at best. felt relief when the book ended. almost quit with an hour left.
I was hesitant to get this book because anti-prejudiced propaganda was repeatedly regurgitated on my school desk as I was growing up. (I did always wonder why it's only blacks and gays they care about rather than females, Latinos, and ugly people. Just kidding, I know why.)
But, I figured that if its good enough for Stan Lee, it's good enough for me. And it really was.
I thought that I wouldn't want to hear about all his little problems. But I did. I have not been so interested in what happens to a character since when I was ten years old and reading Harry Potter. This may have something to do with the fact that every time someone has innately understood the way I think, it has been a gay man, but even so, that's saying something.
Go ahead, spend the credit!
FYI it's not erotic.
If you're a comic book nerd, like me, you'll definitely enjoy this superhero story. It unapologetically steals several characters from the DC and Marvel Universes (each with enough subtle changes as to avoid being TOO cliche), but the story is still fun. The first few chapters contain a LOT of flashbacks that drew me pretty far out of the narrative, but I had a blast once I got past that point.
This book was completely unoriginal, I can't imagine any books from these authors would have any imagination.
There were no characters in this book, only thinly veiled references to already established super heroes.
Was this a FanFic turned novel? Every character was ripped from well known comic books with slight name changes.