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Super Adjacent

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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 happe ...more
Hardcover, 384 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. ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Ahem. I would like to make the very important and official announcement that it has finally happened. We finally have a woman superhero fall in love with another woman, and one of them’s a main character. IT’S FINALLY HAPPENED. TAKE TO THE STREETS, MY GAY CHILDREN, BECAUSE WE HAVE RIGHTS.

Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But come on! It’s every little sapphic girl’s dream to kiss superwoman. To see a girl kiss superwoman. And, for the first time I’m aware of at the very least, the lady super
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sapphic, arcs, 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 you’d like the book or not so you can consider if it’s suitable for you, and you’re not misled by false advertising. Therefore, I’m 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 didn’t like it because they ex
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????

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
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was a surprisingly good superhero AND queer book. I have to admit the execution is far from flawless, but it handles the morals of capitalisitic superhero administrations so well? The themes of individual safety vs. group safety, of who should be the heroes and who decides that, and superheroes as not just caped crusaders, but brands to profit off of, are all at play here, and they were executed flawlessly.

If someone presented this story to me as an outline, I'd say there's literally no way
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction, lgbtq, sci-fi, ya
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. ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, romance, superhero
In a world of superheroes, Claire is obsessed with Warrior Nation, the main superhero organization that also has a chapter in her hometown of Chicago. She's trying to land a coveted internship to help support her favorite superheroes when she comes across Chicago's newest superhero, the super-strong Joy. There's plenty of chemistry between them and a tentative relationship starts between them.

In a world of superheroes, Bridgette, the long-term girlfriend of a Chicago superhero, is pretty much si
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
right up until the ending, this was going to be a 4 star rating for me. the writing style is a little juvenile, but it makes up for it completely with great characters and a compelling universe. i loved how warrior nation was similar to well known superhero worlds such as the marvel universe, but put its own spin on it too, setting up superheroes as a national thing and touching on how they dealt with fame and social media. the descriptions of the secret passages and underground setting made me ...more
Julia Benassi
There’s something about creating before the world is awake. To sketch, to explore, to turn paper into new and interesting shapes. In the quiet stillness of sunrise, I only have to answer to myself.
Estaba SUPER entusiasmada con leer este libro e incluso entré con expectativas relativamente bajas porque había leído reseñas que comentaban que Super Adjacent era todo menos una oda a los superhéroes. Y arrancó re bien, me gustaban mucho Claire y Bridgette, me copaba el mundo (aunque no fuera la
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 fu
Holly (sweetteaandgoodreads)
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I did NOT see that twist coming. I really thought I knew who the bad guy was. This book was AMAZING! I definitely recommend it!
Mireille Chartier
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I first was intrigued by the cover when I saw this book. I'm a fan of superhero stories. I love reading comics and watching the big blockbuster movies that are inspired by them. Seeing that this book was all about superheroes just not the ones with the superpowers was what caught my eye.
When we think about superheroes we usually think about the heroic part of their lives not what happens when they get home to their partner. Super Adjacent is all about the other half of the dynamic duos and what ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari, 368 pages. Disney, 2020. $19.

Language: PG-13 (42 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (superhero violence)



Claire has been trying almost her entire life to become a part of the Warrior Nation – the group that supports Chicago’s superheroes as they fight crime. On the same day she reaches her goal, she also meets and is very intrigued by the newest Superhero – Joy, who is about to become Girl Power.
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 it’s not normal at all. I loved the representation, but I wish there was a lot more of Joy and Claire’s romance. This was such a fun and adventurous read!
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty fun and something different to read. It a good feel read while so much bad stuff happening around us.
I had just finished watching She-Ra & the Princess of Power (which is FAB and literally the best thing ever) and then DNFing my previously current read, when I decided to pick Super Adjacent up. It had been sitting on my shelf for a few months now, and I decided now was finally the time to read it. Not only did Joy remind me of Adora, helping me to cope with not having a 6th season of She-Ra, but the story itself was a unique take on superheroes.

Super Adjacent is told through alternating POV cha
Jaye Berry
This book is literally just the Spongebob Squarepants episode with The International Justice League of Super Acquaintances.

Super Adjacent is about a girl named Claire who has always wanted to work for the superheroes of Warrior Nation, after one of them saved her life when she was younger. When she lands an internship with them, she jumps at the chance to prove that she belongs- super or not. A cute new superhero named Joy complicates things though. Bridgette is dating one of the superheroes nam
Rajasree Jayaram
This book had a really interesting premise, where youth who manifested superpowers were recruited for their city's chapter of Warrior Nation, the worldwide superhero organization. Recently, superheroes are being portrayed in a negative light as the crime rate increases and the bad guy always seems to be one step ahead. This situation follows the retirement of Chicago's most well-known and respected superheroes. We follow two protagonists - Claire, who is a Warrior Nation fanatic and has gone to ...more
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
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
3/5🌟: technically, this would have been a 5 star read for me. i love supero hero stories (there are not enough!!), there was a sapphic pairing, an entertaining writing style and an intriguing plot. i really enjoyed nearly every second of reading this novel and i finished it in the span of a few hours.

however, i can't ignore the fact that there's a bit of an issue with the representation. while i (mostly) found every character likeable, claire says some pretty misogynistic stuff about her soon-to
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 w ...more
Cassandra Alvarez
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2020
Okay so like it was original and super cute but it wasn’t changing? Definitely an easy, cozy read to round out my March list. But also it’s queer (!!!)
Owen Brennen
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book! Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
I’m not the biggest fan of superhero stories, but I do love fluffy sapphic romances, and that’s what I expected from this book. Sadly I missed the part of the synopsis that said this book also features a m/f couple. The issue with this is that the m/f took more than half the story and was treated with more care, while the sapphic pairing was nothing more than a blob of sugary cringe.

Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, and now that she’s landed an internship with Warrior Nation, C
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 everyone’s fantasy. You would also always be protected… right?

Bridgette knows what it’s like to date a superhero. It is isn’t 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
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book you guys, this book!! The whole idea of the story is so different and unique for what we are used to for superhero stories.

We always get the story of the superhero, the one who always saves the day and gets the love interest in the end. But Super Adjacent is all about the people behind the superheroes and I freaking love it!

I loved that we had two different points of view, we have Claire and Bridgette. It's not only two different girls, but it's also two different stages of relationshi
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun read!

I bought this book because I know Jamie Alloy, who designed the incredible dust jacket. (Hi, Jamie!) But I've also always loved superheroes, and when I read the synopsis and saw that this was a story with an F/F relationship, I was even more excited to read it.

This was super charming, super cute, and just really fun. Crystal Cestari perfectly encapsulates what the modern world would be like if we had superheroes - basically, millennial heroes who work under an organizat
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 didn’t 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 narrator’s 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
Avery Schuyler
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
At first, I was debating on giving it a four star review, but after some consideration, I decided that three stars seemed more appropriate.

As a young gay female myself, I'm constantly on the lookout for books like this. Books that aren't about being gay, it's just a part of the protagonist and it's not treated as anything. There's no big "coming out" speech. There's no people hating her because she's gay. She's just gay and has the same relationship, characterization, and storyline as any other
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