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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  11,524 ratings  ·  1,173 reviews
The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.

But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world t
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Disney-Hyperion (first published January 1st 2007)
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Almost every review I've read for this book applauds the subject matter (a gay teen superhero) but laments the sloppy writing. I'm going to add my voice to this choir.

The writing reminded me of problems I've had with some other YA novels. Everything is just a little too melodramatic, a little too overwritten, and a little too loud. The pacing is inconsistent; months will go by without much mention and yet events will be mentioned as if they just happened yesterday. There are countless contradic
In Hero, author Perry Moore demonstrates a superpower of his own: he can turn prose into lead.

Since Moore's intentions are admirable, it's tempting to gloss over the book's poor execution by praising it using plenty of qualifiers. ("Hero is the best YA novel featuring a gay teen superhero I've read all month!") Unfortunately, I just can't bring myself to use the words "Hero" and "best" in the same sentence. Well, in a pinch I could probably force myself to say, "I read Hero while staying at a Be
Young Adult. A gay teenager with superpowers and his disgraced hero-dad live together in the suburbs. They have their differences, but when Thom gets tapped to try out for the League (of superheroes) those differences threaten to tear them apart. Hee, sorry. It really is that dramatic.

This book takes on a lot. It's got a solid story with a good array of characters. Kind of like a mix of The Incredibles and Sky High. A lot of the superheroes were just familiar DC characters with slightly differe
Tamora Pierce
I'm re-reading, and it's even more enjoyable the second time than it was the first!
(I read this a few years ago so forgive me if I don't remember all of it. Here are my thoughts on what I recall.)

I think I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. What probably turned me off most about it was that it was too campy. I prefer my superheroes to be darker, more serious, more grounded in reality:

Not goofy and punny:

And that's what a lot of this book was. The only deeper parts were the waaaaaay overused trope of using the alternate identities of a superhero as a metaphor fo
Ok, here's why this book is good: There's some good layering going on here. The foundation is this high school kid, Thom, coming to terms with his sexuality. So that's interesting on it's own, but then Moore adds a world of superheroes. Superheroes in this world don't always have special powers and being a superhero is a career(complete with a salary). Then there's Thom's home life with his single dad. Thom's parents are former superheros and his mom abandoned them a few years back. I really li ...more
Abby Johnson
In a world where superheroes are real, Thom dreams about joining The League, a band of A-list good guys who protect the citizens of their fair city. He also dreams about one of the most famous (and dreamiest) superheroes, Uberman. Thom's keeping a lot of secrets, not the least of which is that he's got superpowers and has been invited to try out for The League. He knows his dad would flip if he found out. His dad used to be a hero, one of the greats. But then he was maimed in a catastrophic acci ...more
Sep 20, 2007 Edward rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gay Teens and thier friends, people who love spoofing the Superhero Genre
Shelves: teen-town
This is one of the best Gay Teen/Coming of Age books I have read since Boy Meets Boy (I have to review that as well). This story is set in the alternate world where Superheroes are a part of every day life, but puts a more humorous twist to it than many graphic novels. For avid readers of the Gay/YA fiction genre I would say that this book is a blend of Year of Ice, The Tick and the X-Men comic series. Thom Creed is a boy coming to terms with both his sexuality and burgeoning super powers – he c ...more
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Serena Yates
This is a great YA book with a gay hero. In more than one sense of the word, the main character, Thom, has to grow up in this story.

There are secrets that need solving on a personal level (his powers and how to deal with his sexual orientation), with his family (both his mother and his father have something to hide, it seems), and society at large (what exactly DID happen at the Wilson Towers all those years ago?). I liked the pacing and the tone of voice, which were both appropriate to how a te
This novel was inspired by the "secret identity" theme in comic books, which sociologists have previously likened to the secret, "closeted" identity of many homosexuals. Thom a gay teen whose dad was once a super-hero and is now a blue-collar laborer. Thom is trying to cope with his own powers and his homosexuality while hiding them from his family and community.
Feb 21, 2013 Ery rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: audio
Hero was an enjoyable superhero story reminiscent of the tv series 'Heroes' (weird, I know), combined with a comic. The main character, Thom, is a high school student struggling with the fact he is gay and developing superpowers. The fact he is developing powers is exciting to him, particularly when he gets the opportunity to try out for the "league", a law enforcement organization, of sorts, which is well-respected amongst the general population (unlike homosexuality). Unfortunately, he must hi ...more
Yawn. Punk sums up a lot of the problems I had with this book in her review—the cartoonishly ridiculous level of homophobia, the utter failure to take advantage of the preexisting (and really cool) connection between being queer and being a superhero—but I would also like to add this complaint: it’s boring. The melodrama level is high, but as for actual drama…on the edge of my seat I was not. A lot of the “twists” are incredibly predictable, and frankly, I just never believed in this society, th ...more
Sep 02, 2007 Scarlett rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This is an excellent book. It is not only for gay teens or fans of comics. It appeals to everyone who has ever felt rejected, outcast, or uncertain whether their friends would like them if they knew what was going on under the surface... and who cant relate to that?

The characters are appealing and real, even though they have superpowers. The writing is easy to read and is like hanging out with someone you really like. The author has made what would otherwise seem like a book with a very small au
This story was really well done. It revolves around the MC Thom Creed, who's parents are famous super heroes. Thom hopes to one day follow in their footsteps but there is one thing that hinders him, the fact that he is hiding a very big secret. This book had action, humor and sadness. I definately recommend it
Jan 08, 2008 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comic freaks, confused teenagers, anyone who played x-men as a little kid
a gay teenage superhero trying to come to terms with his sexuality, super powers, and troubles with his parents (or lack thereof)...i loved this book. the only reason i didn't give it five stars is because i felt in a couple of areas it was a little too wordy, but other than that, it was fantastic. i'm jealous.
Perry Moore wrote one of the strongest leads I have ever known. I really think 'Hero' will be a great franchise out there someday! RIP Perry Moore.
This is a great book. It made me smile and maybe even shed a tear or two. It's a young adult story that on a takes on a lot of issues. Some directly, some using superheroes and villains to represent others. It was full of great characters and I think it has a strong message for teens.

Thom is a teenager who's dad is a disgraced superhero. Thom is gay and now he's coming in to his powers. He has a lot on his plate and has a lot of difficult things to decide. He doesn't always do the right thing at
This is the kind of book that makes me want to stay home from work and spend the day turning pages. But go to work I did on Friday, and I had to wait until Saturday to finish the story of Thom Creed, a teenager who has more than his share of problems. His father was a highly respected super hero back in the day, but "somehow" became disgraced and now struggles to make ends meet for him and his son, who have been alone since mom disappeared. Thom feels that he not only has to hide his true sexual ...more
Wow! I couldn't put this one down. What a great idea. I was impressed by the author's ability to effortlessly weave the themes of coming of age and identity into an action packed super hero adventure. The main character Thom is sweet and endearing and the journey he takes to becoming a hero is funny and heartbreaking and poignant. I felt like the "twists" were a bit predictable, but I didn't really mind - I felt like I was on the outside, waiting with glee for Thom to figure it all out while I c ...more
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3.5 stars! *SINGS LOUDLY AND VERY BADLY AS SHE PLEASES* And then a hero comes along with the strength to carry on. And you cast your fears aside. And you know you can survive, So when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong, and you'll finally see the truth. That a hero lies in YOOOOOOOUUUUUU.

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Thom Creed is hiding secrets from his father. First, he’s gay, and he knows well enough how his father feels about gay people, and s
Thibaut Nicodème
Full review on my blog, the Snark Theater.

This book is pretty good (duh, look at my star rating), but I think it's mostly because of its characters. Which is a good thing: superhero stories do rely on their protagonists (and villains, though in this case it's mostly the former) to work.

The story is a combination of the standard origin story and the standard "teen gay coming of age/coming out" story (why is it that most coming of age stories for gay kids is about coming out? Eh, whatever). Not ex
The Review:

Honesty from the outset~

Yes, it's my first 5 stars. *rolls eyes* Get over it, people!

First things first~

(I think) Tam mentioned this book to me when we were talking YA a couple of months ago and then in another discussion a so-called friend described it as being 'FANF*%KINGTASTIC' and very helpfully provided me the link to a bookstore which not only had the paperback, but also free global shipping to Australia. (Damn you, Sean Kennedy!) Well, who could resist??

Thom Creed is not a typi
This is what you call a superhero novel with a message, that message being "Gay is okay." So, wonderful, it's a message I can support, but a redeeming message is not enough to make me love a book, and this book, while not bad, and certainly not disrespectful to the superhero genre, didn't really do anything original except make the hero gay. In fact, it was overall a pretty derivative story and I doubt it would have gotten much attention at all (or even published) if not for the central theme, t ...more
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The content of this novel—a gay teen fledgling superhero—was what drew me to it. It does struggle in the styling and the pacing, but overall it was fun, gritty at times, emotional and introspective.

I really enjoyed Hero. It's a bit cliched in parts and clearly rips off very famous superheroes, but it does so in a fun, campy way. It has a lot of closeted, gay teen angst but that's the purpose of the story so it's not overbearing. One thing I really enjoyed was how real and gritty it was, especial
Nic Hunter
So, someone said this book was cute. And I thought, "I can do cute." They said that it was gay superheros. I though, "I could do gay superheros."

The book itself is quite nice actually. While some of the storyline is fumbled, and a few of the characters aren't all there, it's nice.

The main character is dealing with many problems, but the two biggest is being gay and finding that he has super powers. "And those are problems why?" you might ask? Well, things are a bit different where he lives.

I don
Melissa Veras
Apr 08, 2015 Melissa Veras rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People looking for LGTB characters with others problems and things to tell beside that.
Go fuck yourself, book >:(

EDIT: I wrote that when I just finished the book and I was ranting :/ But it's not fair because this was a good, entertaining book and, most important, it's a book about a gay teenager... that, beware, does not only revolves around his sexuality. He has other problems, he has a life, he has superpowers... it just happens that he is gay too. And I can't not tell how awesome is that :)

I love the main character, and his father <3 The plot wasn't a masterpiece but li
September 29 is the first day of "Banned Books Week" and it was apropos to read this book. I'm SURE this book will be challenged by some parent or school system out there because the main character is gay, there are some sexual situations and as much swearing as you could imagine from a teenager. The overall themes are simple and you've all heard it before--Be true to yourself, discover your true identity and be proud of it, and good prevails over evil. I'm not much for fantasy or superheroes bu ...more
Jane Seville
We could really use some more gay-themed young adult books. I'm not entirely sure what makes this book young adult except that it's about a young adult, which sometimes seems like all you need.

The book is reminiscent of "The Incredibles" and "Watchmen" in that it's about our society if superheroes were around. Thom is a teenage boy, the son of a famous (and famously disgraced) superhero, one of the few who operated without any superhuman powers. Thom is coming to terms with the fact that he's ga
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Perry Moore was a best-selling author, film producer, screenwriter, and director, best known as the executive producer of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Moore grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and attended Norfolk Academy. He majored in English at the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar.

A longtime fan of children’s literature and comic books, M
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