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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  24 reviews
“A wicked and witty hybrid of Heroes and Gossip Girl.”
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From bestselling and award-winning author Steven Bereznai comes a critically acclaimed tale where American Horror Story meets Queer As Folk and Smallville.

What happens when a closeted jock, a scrawny, out and proud nerd, and a pair of bratty cheerleaders develop superpowers in a small-town high
Paperback, 172 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by Jambor (first published 2009)
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Head hopping. Superficial skimming. Say what??

Honestly, I don’t know where to start. I don’t want to play the hate on you game, but I’m telling you, this book was SO not for me.
Part of the problem for me was the sheer amount of characters and lack of smooth transition from one crazy head to another. One page we are in the gay cheerleader's head and then the next in the geeky nerd's and then the next the popular jock’s head and it was…confusing to say the least. I felt as if I never really got to
Bubbles  Hunty Honest & Direct Opinions
This book is just fun. I was laughing all the way through it just loved all of these characters. Even the crazy bad guys were great for laughs.

If you want a light, funny read that isn’t overly sweet with a bit of romance and a lot of drama this is it.

Oh and they have some superpowers and stuff
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great tale! From the hot jock, to the nerd, to the male cheerleader, to the straight/gay/straight popular girl, I LOVED these characters (even the baddies)!! I thought this was going to be some fluff story about gay boys who become comic book heroes but it was nothing like that. Would be so much fun to see it made into a movie. X-Men can suck it!
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 5-and-6
Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of Queeroes in exchange for an honest review.

This really wasn't the book for me. There are so many different focal characters and their narration is indistinguishable so I was already really lost from the get go. Beyond that, the pacing and humour style really weren't for me and the plot was a huge let down. I was expecting a tongue in cheek queer empowering super hero book but it ended up being a really heavy-handed story that spends more time
2.5 stars

This book was flat out whackytown. Don't pick it up if you're wanting complex character development or a sexy romance or anything that's not camp-satire.

The number one thing that drove me batshit crazy about it was the frequent mid-passage POV shifts with a complete lack of ANY transitional devices whatsoever. So, between that and the sheer number of characters involved in the story, things got confusing fairly often.

It was also just ridiculous about 75% of the time.

That said, it got
Don Bradshaw
This was a fun little story. A good editor would have helped tremendously. The entire over the top high school scene made the book almost believable.
“Queeroes” is everything I love in a book ~ adventure, drama, romance, and superheroes. It’s a humorous look at high school life from all the cliques I remember in my own school. Troy is the popular jock, Mandy and Chad cheerleaders who form the basis for the school’s “in” crowd. Troy’s brother Gibbie is the nerdy geek whose interests include Dungeons and Dragons, comic books, and dodging bullies. Goth Devon wants nothing to do with his peers, while mousy Liza just wants to be heard.

When they co
Geert Renders
It was a fun read. You don't find many stories about Queer superheroes, so that made it interesting for me. If you just want to not think too much and enjoy a fun gay themed story, this book will be a good choice. Just don't expect a super high quality story or writing style. I also found that the characters weren't fleshed out enough and to close to stereotypes. ...more
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, sci-fi, superheroes
I totally loved this book!!!! Then again, I love a good superhero story. This was well-written, well-thought out and thoroughly enjoyable.

Wish there was a sequel.
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
An afternoon at the mall changes the course of several teenagers' lives, as contaminated water sparks strange abilities. They'll have to learn to deal with them, and with each other, before their new powers tear them apart.

The tagline says fast, fun and sexy. It's certainly fast, parts of it are fun, and there's a lot of making out, so I guess it's sexy.

The speed is part of the problem. Everything happens so quickly, there's no chance to get to know anyone - not helped by the sudden changes of c
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am happy to say I was able to finish this book, though I felt really tempted to put it aside and never finish it.

What I liked about the book:
I liked the way everybody was paired with a least expected superpower - a jock with empathy, a trendy girl with invisibility, a nerd with superstrength, etc.
Also, I liked the premise of gay superheroes.

What I did not like:
The writing felt sloppy. I didn't really enjoy sentence like "the taller guy said" (I have no idea who is taller, thank you very much)
Xander Cassel
I was expecting this to be the Pacific Rim of gay superhero YA--schlock that I love because it's so unabashedly schlocky. I was mildly disappointed, then, when it turned out to be genuinely good, brimming with humor and heart. Steven Bereznai uses stereotypes and cliches for laughs--not cheap, mean-spirited laughs, but genuine belly-laughs that skewer these stereotypes. The characters are smartly drawn and engrossing, the villains are complex and scary, and the only reason I didn't give this 5 s ...more
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It not too bad but I like it
Alexánder Obando
Literatura de ciencia ficción para adolescentes gay. Abunda en clichés pero es divertida.
Apr 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Queeroes is a clever and humorous look at high school outcasts that suddenly gain superpowers. The plot is decent and offers some hilarious scenes and dialogue with interesting characters. The issues and problems all teenagers experience are still present to the changed teens so now there is an added level of drama to the mix. The narrative has some incredible high points but it also hits some low points, most especially with the melodramatic and idealistic ending. The story is clearly filled wi ...more
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: InsightOut Book Club
Searching for something different, fun & funny, and a good quick read from start to finish? ‘Queeroes’ is what you’re looking for. Because of it’s ending, I’m hopeful that Steven Bereznai continues their story. I’m eager to return to this group to find out how their lives and powers develop. After drinking the contaminated yet unharmful bottled drinking water Etienne, the high schoolers gain super abilities. Knowing how responsible and mature teens can be, you already know they can handle their ...more
St. Gerard Expectant Mothers
Finally a GLBT author who gets it! I read about Queeroes online and thought I'd give it a try. First let say that it was a hoot and great camp to enjoy something within the superhero genre that did not take itself to seriously. After reading Hero by the late Perry Moore, I was disappointed by the overall tone of a potential series. Now going back to Bereznai's characters, I love the different archetypes from the closeted jock, the queenie friend, the nerdy geek, and the pretty galpal and how the ...more
A fast fun read that touches on the super powers theme. I kept hoping that it would develop deeper themes but it was an ok read for what it was.

It definately fits into what I'm quickly coming to think of as "post-gay" teen fiction. You know... books that deal with a universe where being gay is no bigger stigma than being a nerd or some other put-upon high school minority. In parts it reminded me of Boy Meets Boy
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A weird, short and often fun read. In short I really enjoyed the characters, powers and concept ; but really didn't care for the plot all that much. The tonal shifts between superhero coming-of-age story followed by body horror and suicide were a little to much for me to cope with. The characters (whilst perhaps too often falling into stereotypes) did hold my attention through the darker passages - but I'd like to seen more development. ...more
Phil Williams
Mar 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A fun young adult book. I really like the message that we all must live honestly, out of the closet, in order to be happy.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

They used a few derogatory terms... a lot. I don't mind, though. They fit into the story. I liked the writing style, and I'm on to read the second book now.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great characters, all fleshed out well. It was a fun read, with a well paced plot. It's a gay 'Breakfast Club' mashed with the tv show 'Heroes,' that doesn't take itself too seriously. ...more
Noel Roach
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun quick read. They are queer. They are heroes. They are Queeroes. And in high school too. Cheerleaders, jocks, geeks, evil goths; what more could you want?
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A bestselling, award-winning author, Steven Bereznai is known for writing speculative fiction that can be a little dark, but always fast, fun, and fierce. Drawing on his own experience as an outsider, his heroines and heroes often get beaten down, but, bruises and all, they find a way to stagger across the finish line.

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