Okay…I confess. I’m a book-a-holic. I read anything and everything I can get my hands on. And I’m blunt. If asked, I will gladly tell you what I liked and what I didn’t like about a book.
So…even though none of you asked, I LOVED this book.
“Superheroes Anonymous”, the debut novel by Lexie Dunne, is the superhero origin story of Gail Goodwin, known to the world as Hostage Girl because of her penchant for getting kidnapped by any and all super villains. Now, the kidnappings aren’t all Gail’s fault. The villains all think that she’s the girlfriend of Blaze, the one superhero who has a monopoly on rescuing Gail.
Only problem? Gail most certainly is not Blaze’s girlfriend. She doesn’t even know who Blaze is. Not that the villains believe that.
At the risk of spoiling the fun adventure this book takes readers on, Gail eventually ends up with powers and that’s where the real story starts. The reader is introduced to a colorful batch of characters. Angèlica, Guy, Vicki, Jeremy, Sam, Kiki, and Cooper are all superheroes living in the complex below Davenport Tower in New York City.
I hate spoilers, so I’ll be purposefully vague…the adventure Gail takes throughout the novel is funny, emotional, and surprisingly cliché-free. It helps that Dunne is a masterful storyteller and Gail is a witty, self-aware protagonist.
Dunne creates such a real world with her words; it almost felt like the superheroes would pop right off of the page.
I downloaded “Superheroes Anonymous” onto my phone on Thursday night so I would have something to flip through on my train ride into the city. I’m lucky that my dad was with my for my ride home, because I was so involved in Gail’s story that I would have missed my stop!
I strongly encourage everyone to download the (free) Nook app to their phone or tablet and read “Superheroes Anonymous”. Regularly, the book costs $2.99, but using this link (X) you can receive a code and download the book for free.
And if you’re like me and finish the book in the course of one round trip train ride to Manhattan, the sequel, “Supervillains Anonymous” is coming out on June 30.