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Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting "What to Say to a Hero" speeches in her diary. Now that she's landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 17th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Don't mind me, just making room in my heart for another adorable f/f superhero book because those are my everything.
mahana
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rep-wlw, arcs, rep-poc
review on my blog

"I'm pretty sure I was too busy realising a lifelong dream to be distracted by a girl, no matter how cute."


I like to start ARC reviews by informing you whether youd like the book or not so you can consider if its suitable for you, and youre not misled by false advertising. Therefore, Im going to be thorough for this book since quite a few people added it because of me (and I literally hate when people do that then come to me saying they didnt like it because they expected
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Anandi Puritipati
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Lowkey want to give it a 2.5, but I liked it a bit too, I guess??? Idk????
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EDIT (16/03/2020):

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for a blog tour. All the following opinions are my own.

Rating- 2.5-3 stars

I really loved the premise of this book- I mean, come on! A story about superheroes where we follow the sidekicks instead? And then we watch them save the day!!? IT WAS SO COOL to even think about! But, I think, this
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K.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC of this book.

My review: I loved it! The writing was fresh, and I loved the superhero world-building - it was clever, fun, and made sense! The characters were fantastic as well. Claire was a perfect fangirl with perfect fangirl reactions and thoughts, and I really enjoyed Bridgette's perspective as the girlfriend of a superhero. Both POVs were distinct and interesting, and their friendship - as well as their personal journeys of discovery - were extremely satisfying. The plot was
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Renata
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, sci-fi, arc, lgbtq
This was a cute, light read. I was intrigued by the "real world" corporatized superheros--the concept sort of takes a backseat to the romances, which is OK. It's nice to see a cute fluffy f/f story, even if the characters also weren't super developed? Sometimes it is enough to read about one superhumanly strong girl kissing one girl of regular strength.
Brie
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
We all fight our own battles, even if we're not wearing capes.

This book was such a treat to read! It was thoroughly entertaining while also doing a fantastic job portraying many impactful messages. I found the story easy to get immediately sucked into. With fantasy elements (I mean there are super heroes), but being set in modern day Chicago I felt like I didn't need a ton of world building to visualize the setting.

"Weakness is strength that's yet to be tested."

Claire is 17 and trying to
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Lauren R.
3.5 stars. This is super reminiscent of her Windy City series, which I appreciated! Somewhat young-sounding MC and very Disney-level of sweetness and innocence. The concept of superheroes working for an organization in collaboration with law enforcement/the government was really neat. I liked both of the lead characters, Claire and Bridgette, but didn't feel super connected to anyone. The ending surprised me - I was caught up in a red herring for sure - and I appreciated that. I also think the ...more
Cassandra Alvarez
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, 2020
Okay so like it was original and super cute but it wasnt like...life changing? Definitely an easy, cozy read to round out my March list. But also its queer (!!!) ...more
Brittney
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
3.25 / 5 stars

*Thank you Disney Book Group for providing me with this eARC through Netgalley.

Imagine dating a superhero. You finally get to meet and date a beloved hero. You are living everyones fantasy. You would also always be protected right?

Bridgette knows what its like to date a superhero. It is isnt all fun and games. Bridgette understands the reality of coming second to the danger in the world. Bridgette craves some normality in her relationship.

Claire is a superhero fangirl. Claire can
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Nannette Demmler
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC provided by Disney-Hyperion via NetGalley for an honest review.

There was much to like about this book, but there were also a few things that I really didnt like. It was a fun and pretty fast read, with a lot of heart and two main characters that most people will be able to relate too.

What I Liked
The juxtaposition of the two narrators story lines. Claire is just beginning her relationship with a superhero and Bridgette is four years in and wondering if it is all worth it.
The budding romance
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Margaret Kennedy
A new take on the superhero narrative think of Super Adjacent as a less gritty, young adult version of The Boys. In this world, superheroes have become commercialized, getting money for their high tech from a superhero corporation called Warrior Nation. Claire is a young fan/intern at Warrior Nation who sees the superheroes as more god-level movie stars than actual people that is until she meets cocky yet ill-prepared new hero, Girl Power. Meanwhile, college student Bridgette has stuck by her ...more
Myron Brown
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Claire is a lifelong WarNat fan who is looking to win an internship with the superhero team. Meanwhile Bridgette, tired of being neglected by her superhero boyfriend, is ready to leave him. After Claire starts dating Girl Power, she gets advice from Bridgette on dating a hero. The world of superheroes from the alternating viewpoints of two girls in relationships - one beginning, the other ending - with superheroes. Theres a contrast between Claires wide-eyed fangirl and Bridgettes frustration ...more
Savanna
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The thing you need to understand going in to this is that Super Adjacent is not a superhero book.
I love superhero books. I devoured The Reckoners series, plodded through thousands of pages of Super Powereds, and reread Greg Ruckas No Mans Land every few years. I even put Super Adjacent on my superhero shelf on Goodreads. But thats not the core of this book. This book is about relationships. (My brother has just completely written off this book.)
Super Adjacent is an excellent, nuanced look at
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Jasmin
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written YA novel set in beautiful, gritty Chicago that's told from two different, yet similar perspectives. We meet Claire, who's almost ready to graduate high school but has her sights up in the sky and zeroed in on her favorite Chicago superheroes. There's also Bridgette, who happens to be dating one of the Chicago superheroes while trying to work on her artistic endeavors. Each show us how they navigate the ins and outs of being surrounded by larger-than-life characters while trying to ...more
Kali Cole
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so well-developed! I loved the main characters and the premise of this story. I kind of related this to Batwoman on the CW because of the whole superhero life/ normal life even though its not normal at all. I loved the representation, but I wish there was a lot more of Joy and Claires romance. This was such a fun and adventurous read! ...more
Abby Pickus
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was really cute, and just the kind of story I needed right now.
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Mar 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
*points at book hopelessly*
Amanda Arkans -
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Such a fun book! A wonderfully different look at the life of superheroes and those who love them.

Thank you to NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Kathleen
Feb 25, 2020 added it
Shelves: arc-galley, 2020
Queer content: one MC is a lesbian, there's an f/f relationship, and one of the backgroundy characters has two dads (mentioned in passing)
Elysa
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Thank you to the publisher for having copies available at PLA because I hadn't heard of it before. I liked the romances, the plot, and all the characters.
Rosemarie Umbac
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
I am very much happy with this book. I adore the characters and the LGBT+ representation is amazing. I don't usually love, love those types of books. But this book kinda changed it. I cannot wait for everyone to read this book and get to know Claire, Joy, Bridgette and Matt (and also the entire Warrior Nations).

I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy LGBT+ books and superheroes.

(Full review on my blog soon...)
Keiko Do
Mar 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
f-f superhero
Kate Waggoner
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to NetGalley, Disney Book Group, and Disney-Hyperion for allowing me the opportunity to read an advance copy of Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari. This young adult book will be published on March 17, 2020.

Claire has wanted to work with superheroes ever since she and her mother were saved by one. Now she's landed a coveted summer internship working for Warrior Nation. She's determined to prove that she fits in and can make a difference even if she doesn't have super powers. Things get a
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Sarah Yung
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Good casual rep; kinda fluffy / cheesy. Either the characters are a bit annoying or I'm just getting old. It all got a little tiring for me, and the pacing drags a bit, but it's still fun.
Ella
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a fun read and I always love female female romance rep, but I found the plot to be kind of dragging and the plot twist was predictable. Its a good read its just not my favorite thing ever:) ...more
Kacey
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.

I really like superhero stories, and this one is no different. Reading this reminded me a bit of comics in general, and a few titles specifically. I don't want to name them and accidentally spoil things for people. I think in this book, my main criticism is on the world-building. It is done pretty well, but it opens up a whole can of worms that
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Jordan
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookstore, 2020
First book finished in 2020 and its a good one such a cute story to start off the year whats better then super heros and Romance also love the LGBTQ rep in this book those are always my favorite. ...more
Kat
#SuperAdjacent #NetGalley
I really enjoyed Super Adjacent, I think young adults will like the self-empowerment message that the book conveys. It is about finding your own method of being a hero. You don't have to be like everyone else.
Athena Milbert
Nov 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
Thank you Crystal Cestari for giving us Young Adult WLW content that isnt fake-edgy like so many other YA books are

I cant wait to read this!
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Todd Duran
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. Super smart and snarky with a superhero edge. very well written
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