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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  64 ratings  ·  47 reviews
As summer draws to a close, 13-year-old Jorge wants nothing more than to spend his days hanging out with his fellow comic book-obsessed friends. But then his parents announce they're divorcing for a reason Jorge and his twin brother never saw coming—their father comes out as transgender. ...more
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Published 2021 by Capstone
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I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I just can't do this. Maybe I'll come back at another time but the amount of transphobia and strict gender binary talk in the first 50 pages is physically disgusting to me. Also the whole fact that this is a coming out story but it centers the child of the trans parent like??? Then the whole comic story line, I'm sure there's a way it could've been done, but it was poorly executed and made me very uncomf
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
plot: 13-year-old jorge struggles with his dad coming out as trans.

2/5🌟: somehow there's this trope that a lot of books written about trans characters have to feature bad reactions to them coming out. i get that there are these scenarios in real life, but it doesn't change the fact that it still portrays so much transphobia. why not show a family that's showing support so the readers can follow those actions instead of internalising even more transphobia? jorge's twin brother hates his dad (she
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Out of the blue, Jorge and Cesar's parents announce that they are getting a divorce, at least that is how it seems to them. They are 15 year old twins and they are shocked. Jorge has always been close with his dad but when he announces that he is moving out into a house nearby that rocks his world. Then when his dad announces to the family that he will soon be transitioning into a woman called Norma that is an even bigger shock. This is the story of what happens to the relationships in the famil ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
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I got an ARC of this book.

Two things I need to state before I get into reviewing this book: I am trans and I have been a fan of Alex Sanchez since I was in late middle school/early high school.

This book is trash.

That honestly could be the whole review. I am so tired of cis people writing “trans” stories. This book is so much “woe is me, my life is over because of a trans person” that I am just sick. I couldn’t even finish the book. 200 pages in and t
Nov 21, 2020 added it
DNF @50%

I can’t speak personally about the representation, but just getting through this much of the book made me feel so gross and uncomfortable. Not to mention, the way the main character has to constantly point out how Asian his friend (named Chang?) is and how fat is other friend is. Like that’s not a good look, especially a book aimed at children.

It’s a big yikes from me.

*uncorrected proof provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Books about transgender folks from the perspective of cis people are tricky. These stories are necessary--there are certainly straight cis kids with trans parents who may need help navigating that transition while dealing with their own hormones and middle school dramas. But when the story does little to challenge the cis perspective, I think it does a disservice to trans folks who are ultimately the ones who need and deserve these stories more. 

CW: transphobia, deadnaming, misgendering, homopho
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: gender-identity
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Roger Hyttinen
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read and loved Alex Sanchez’s work when we first came out with the Rainbow Boys series in the early 2000s so I was excited to learn that he was releasing a new middle-grade LGBTQ+ story.

The Greatest Superpower follows our main character, thirteen-year-old Jorge, along with his parents and his twin brother Cesar. One day, their parents unexpectedly announce that they’re getting a divorce. The reason: their father is transgender, and he will soon be transitioning to a woman called Norma. I loved
Lisa Pineo
Review by Lisa Pineo

*I received this eARC from Capstone via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My ratings: * I hated it ** It was okay *** I liked it **** Really good ***** Great
TW (trigger warnings): Transphobia

Jorge Fuerte finds out how powerful friends, family and the truth can be in Alex Sanchez's newest middle grade novel, “The Greatest Superpower.” 4.5 stars

Description from the publisher:
"It’s the summer before high school, and  thirteen-year-old Jorge Fuerte wants nothing more than
Téa Belog
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, arc
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review! This has not affected my review in any way, all opinions are mine.

1.5/5 stars.

Jorge Fuerte is about to start high school when his father comes out as a trans woman, flipping Jorge’s life upside down. Now, on top of normal high school things like bullying, a crush, and friend problems, Jorge also has to deal with his parents’ divorce, accepting his dad, and the rift this has caused betwe
Veronica of V's Reads
Jorge is a 13 year old incoming eighth grader at his Texas middle-school. He’s kind of quiet and artistic, the complete opposite of his sporty and outgoing twin, Cesar, who has a pretty girlfriend and is angling to be student body president. Their worlds were rocked at the beginning of summer when their parents split up somewhat unexpectedly.

See, Jorge new there was trouble in his parent’s marriage, but he didn’t think divorce was an option. And, when his mom and dad sit him and Cesar down to di
Jelke Lenaerts
I received a galley of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
This book has content warnings for sexism, abuse, racism and transphobia.

I feel weird giving this a two star rating because the trans storyline in this book was so poorly done that it feels like it should be a one star but all the other storylines in here were done well and I don't have too much to complain about. Honestly, if the trans storyline wasn't in here this could have been a four star book. But oh w
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
*ARC given by Netgalley*

This is a bit hard to review because of many things so I will start by what I liked about this book. The writing was very easy to follow and the plot was very interesting. The main character is Jorge, thirteen years old, one of twin brothers in a Mexican-american family. Jorge looks exactly like his white mom with light skin and blue eyes, while Cesar, his brother, looks like their Mexican dad, darker skin and dark eyes. I loved reading about how life was different for ea
Dai Guerra
I really wanted to like this book from when I started it because this was a Latinx family. The family looked like mine only with instead of the child being trans it was the dad. I kept reading in hopes that it would redeem itself but it just felt like this book kept breaking my heart. I couldn't deal with all of the transphobia that was included throughout this story.

Something that really angered me about this book was the focus on how Jorge's life was now over and how you should feel bad for h
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
{Copy provided by NetGalley}

Jorge’s life is pretty unremarkable until his parents announce they are getting divorced because one of them is transgender. What follows is a novel where the whole family adjusts to this new reality and figures a way to go forward.

I feel a little conflicted about this book. On one hand it has a whole host of queer characters beyond the transgender parent, from gay to lesbian to bisexual to genderfluid and even questioning, is relatively thoughtful in its exploratio
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer
CW: transphobia, deadnaming, misgendering, homophobia, bullying, racism, mentions of attempted suicide, body dysmorphia

For a book about accepting your transgender parent, there sure was a lot of transphobia in this book. Unfortunately, the way that the family in this story reacts is common and having your dad (she wants her children to continue calling her "dad") transition when you are 13 and you're dealing with middle school and your own hormones as a teenager is probably a lot to figure out,
I go by 'Jo' now
Mar 03, 2021 rated it liked it
It was my first time reading a book, this book, that I sometimes see with the opposite setup. Suppose, it would be the son/daughter coming out of their shells to their parents and not the other side. But what happens, if it would be the case, that your mom or dad comes out for you? Would you accept her, your Dad, or, him, your Mom? What would be the reactions of yours? Would you embrace their transitions firsthand or gradually as time passed?

That’s how Jorge faces through the book. With what is
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book starts with a divorce that came out of nowhere. Later on we find out why the main character his parents are breaking up. His dad is transgender and finally decided to go through with it. At first, when reading this book, I became somewhat annoyed by the characters their reactions to this situation. However, looking back on it, when I was 13 years old, everything seemed like the end of the world. The reactions were well written out and there was no glossing things over things. Coming out ...more
vale garcia
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This arc was provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Overall: ✰✰✰✰.5 Characters: ✰✰✰✰ Plot: ✰✰✰✰✰
TW: mentions of suicide attempt/cutting, transphobia
Jorge Fuerte is a normal 13 year old boy focused on writing comics with his friends and worrying about girls. That is, until his parents announce him and his twin brother that they’re getting a divorce. And there’s something else that they never saw coming: their dad comes out as transexual.
I usually don’t read middle grade books bec
Christy Rush
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Greatest Superpower by Alex Sanchez is a gem. I was in a bit of a reading slump until I picked up this book, thanks to NetGalley.

This middle grades book is about comic book loving Jorge who is navigating his parents' divorce and his first crush on a girl. Jorge's parents not only announce they are getting divorced, but his father also reveals to Jorge and his twin brother Cesar that she is transgender and wishes to live as her true self.

Although this announcement is a confusing surprise to
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I read Alex Sanchez's Rainbow Trilogy when it first came out and loved it. He's definitely a writer with personal experience and has done a great deal to pave the way for LGBTQIA issues to be brought up in YA books. He drew on his own personal experience to write characters that were genuine and authentic.

The Greatest Superpower is about a young man named Jorge. He and his twin brother are living a pretty normal life until one night after dinner their parents announce that Jorge's father is tran
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I received an e-ARC of this from NetGalley.

This book is very cis... I mean truly painfully cis. The MC Jorge spends most of this trying to figure out how to be himself and be more honest with the world, which happens framed mostly by his dad coming out as trans. There's a lot of misgendering the dad, a lot of Cis Grief, lots of incredibly outdated language, and really just a lot of not great behavior passed off as 'well, it's *hard* to find out people you love are trans because cis is normal so
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for the Multicultural Children's Book Day.

The book touches all the right chords. It talks about gender sensitivity, racial issues, and the courage needed to be different. While it has become cool to be “woke”, the reality is that you don’t know how you will react if someone from your family comes out. This book, written from a thirteen-year-old’s perspective shows how your mind and heart can be conflicted on hearing the truth. It takes time to accept certain things and to pr
Nov 19, 2020 rated it liked it
The Greatest Superpower is about this young cisgender boy, Jorge, struggling with being a teen and having his dad come out as a transgender woman. I want to give this book 3.5 stars because it is almost there on some points but absolutely misses the point in others. I think the characterization of Jorge and his brother, Cesar, is very well fleshed out and I appreciate seeing the story from the point of view of Jorge being a young teen. I love the overarching theme of being true to yourself and i ...more
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Greatest Superpower is about Jorge and his twin brother Cesar and how they deal with family changes when their dad comes out as transgender. Sanchez does a great job of creating realistic middle school characters, main and supporting, who react in different ways to realizing that they already know someone who is transgender. I think many middle schoolers would find a character (or two or three) that they can identify in this affirming book that gives positive messages about strength and acce ...more
Thieving Magpie
I had a couple of issues with that book. The worst one would be death naming and the view of a still binary gender system.
However, this book is intended for middle school. I guess I should consider it a victory that the main character is trans, therefore bringing more diversity towards the shelf. And she's also Latina? Double win on diversity and representation!

TW: Transphobia, racial and transphobic slurs.

I received a free ARC by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Amy Bowker
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading The Greatest Superpower by Alex Sanchez. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A story of Jorge and his family adjusting to his parents divorcing because his dad is transgender. A shock that Jorge and his brother are really struggling with. I loved how real these characters felt and this family having hard conversations together. I would recommend this book for Grade 6 and up. @alexsanchez @netgalley #GreatestSuperpower Themes include: first crush, comic books, anger, brothers, family, truth
Claire Greenhill
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't regularly read YA, but was drawn to this book because my own child is trans and was considering it for him. Turns out that it's a bit too mature, but it's a really beautifully written book for young teens. Alex Sanchez acknowledges the unique struggles that each character faces as their beloved family member comes out as trans as an adult. It's gritty, without being gratuitous, and very tender throughout. I look forward to recommending this book! ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it
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Damon Lopez
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a transgender person myself, this book hits all the basics. I love the way this story s told and for many people, it's true. This book itself is REALLY emotional and I feel like the cover might make parents think it's something totally different. The only reason I am giving it 4/5 stars is because of the cover but besides that, this book is truly a work of art! ...more
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Alex Sanchez is the author of the Rainbow Boys trilogy of teen novels, along with The God Box, Getting It, and the Lambda Award-winning middle-grade novel So Hard to Say. His novel, Bait, won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for YA fiction. Alex received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Old Dominion University and for many years worked as a youth and family counselor. His newes ...more

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