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[[ Read Ebook ]] õ Not Your Sidekick ò Welcome to Andover where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect paid internship only it turns out to be for the town s most heinous supervillain On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own Then there s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious M, who never seems to be in the same place as Abby But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether Jinlar bazmi, yoxud katta oyin but internships are complicated Just ask high school nobody Hand Lettering Workbook: A Premium Beginner’s Practice Hand Lettering Book & Introduction to Lettering & Modern Calligraphy Jessica Tran Despite her heroic lineage Whiteman Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect paid internship only it turns out to be for the town s most heinous supervillain On the upside شاهنامه فردوسی از دستنویس موزه فلورانس she gets to work with her longtime secret crush Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors Abby The Cult Files who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own Then there s the budding attraction to her fellow intern Let the Devil Speak the mysterious M Love (Naughty Princess, who never seems to be in the same place as Abby But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether Actual Rating 4.5 starsFull review originally posted on my blogWord WondersI ve had this book on my TBR for the best part of a year because it s one of my friend cw s favorite books and she s always raving about how good it is, I also got the ebook around a couple months ago and while I was planning to pick it up right away, it s safe to say I got distracted but I finally read it and I DO NOT REGRET IT It is so so good, such a fun, quick read that has important underlaying themes Actual Rating 4.5 starsFull review originally posted on my blogWord WondersI ve had this book on my TBR for the best part of a year because it s one of my friend cw s favorite books and she s always raving about how good it is, I also got the ebook around a couple months ago and while I was planning to pick it up right away, it s safe to say I got distracted but I finally read it and I DO NOT REGRET IT It is so so good, such a fun, quick read that has important underlaying themes and I adored that about it.The writing is fairly simple, it takes nothing to get into it, it s light, fast and just right for the book It starts off pretty infodumpey in the first chapter or so but that quickly changes when that base is set and the world building flows muchnicely, I didn t even feel myself learning new things about this post WWIII world until I found myself knowing everything I need to know and that is the opposite of how I was feeling in that first chapter The whole superhero supervillain concept is fairly popular, and used in plainty books and consumable media in general, but the way the author goes about it here is quite frankly a breath of fresh air.The superheros villains are meta humans who got their powers after a nuclear flair and all of it is related to genetics which was awesome because it makes sense since nuclear radiations change humans on a genetic level it mutates DNA sequences I ll stop the doctor talk now, I promise They re also pretty common but not all equal, some can use their powers for less than an hour a day while some can use them the whole day and it was definitely interesting to see that play out in battles, confrontations and such.The plot itself picks up later in the novel which I didn t really mind at all because 1 I loved the build up to the romance, and the girls getting to know each other, 2 The focus on the friendship was awesome and 3 The book is hella entertaining even before Jess discovers anything and it all turns South Once that s happens, everything happens so fast, the pace picks up and a real sense of danger starts looming over the characters and my brain started going WHAT IS THIS BETRAYAL because before that everything was cute and funny and now the whole world is in danger.The story is very predictable, probably the most predictable thing I ve ever read haha, but it s obvious that it s done on purpose and I don t know why but I actually loved that, it makes everything funnier because the reader knows but Jess doesn t know, especially when it comes to her work and romance situation, she makes a fool out of herselftimes than one which was adorable but also hilarious To summarize it all, Not Your Sidekick doesn t take itself too seriously And this is what I meant by that tag line, on the outside, it s all predictability and fun but it actually manages to deal with a few things and C B Lee does so greatly.First off, in a passage, the author explores Jess s bicultural identity she s chinese and vietnamese , that feeling of not completely belonging on either side but wanting to so bad, she also tackles racism when a certain someone start talking about Jess parents as lesser because they re not white Then, throughout the whole novel and as the MC uncovers the schemes, she explores the definition of being heroes villains and how it s often a lotcomplicated than the black and white way we all see it, and how it s also a matter of perception and how people aren t always who we think they are.Now to the characters, they are so freaking great I loved every single one of them, or at least the ones I am supposed to love Jess is such an amazing, well fleshed out main character She s funny, cynical, strong but still has a lot of insecurities that stem from growing up in the shadow of not only her older sister who has powers but her younger brother as well who is a genius And the best thing about it all was her character development and how she was able to break out of that shadow and become her own person, being true to herself and her values Bonus point os for the actual use of bisexual to describe her sexuality Seeing it on page is great.Abby, her love interest is adorable as well She has this whole facade of miss popularity not the mean girl kind, but the kind who is loved by everyone but underneath it she s such a genuinely sweet and caring person who would do anything for the people she loves Their romance MADE MY HEART MELT It s so cute and innocent and it just gives me all the heart eyes, I loved the awkwardness of the start and presumably unrequited crush, then the easy banter of the middle and to end it all, the flirty teasy banter of once they both know they have feelings for each other Their relationship s evolution feels so natural because none of it is forced and it s just happy sigh It made me genuinely happy.Jess s best friends are equally awesome Emma is latina and Bell is a black trans boy, and all three of them make such a strong friends group and when Abby joins them she just fits perfectly It was equally cute and infuriating to see Bell navigate his crush on Emma who gets a crush on a different guy every week and is completely clueless The second book Not Your Villain is from his point of view so I m SUPER excited to read that one, I got approved for an eArc of it so that will be happening soon and I cannot wait This story kicks ass quite effectively. I WANT BOOK TWO RIGHT NOW IMMEDIATELY GIVE IT TO ME.Ok, I ll try to becoherent now I think this book is fully deserving of 4.5 stars damn you, Goodreads, for not giving me half star options and I am utterly in love with it I am a sucker for superhero stories that are against the norm, stories that embrace silliness in superhero tropes and manage to make those stories new even if the conventions are the same And this book is everything I wanted it to be This felt like such a step f I WANT BOOK TWO RIGHT NOW IMMEDIATELY GIVE IT TO ME.Ok, I ll try to becoherent now I think this book is fully deserving of 4.5 stars damn you, Goodreads, for not giving me half star options and I am utterly in love with it I am a sucker for superhero stories that are against the norm, stories that embrace silliness in superhero tropes and manage to make those stories new even if the conventions are the same And this book is everything I wanted it to be This felt like such a step forward in terms of the LGBTQIA lit I want to see written in the future It was refreshing and so full of multiple queer characters of color who also got to fall in love and save the world and be happy, regardless of their race or orientation This had all the fun of Sky High or Dr Horrible s Sing A Long Blog, but it let a bisexual, biracial girl take center stage I knew 20 pages in I would read any number of books about her, about her crush Abby, about her trans friend Bells, about any of them at all And it just kept impressing me This book has predictable elements, but those moments are intentional in their predictability This book embraces tropes in this genre and gives those who have been pushed aside in superhero narratives the chance to be the ones telling their stories And I couldn t believe how much it refreshed a genre that, at this point, was feeling over saturated to me.The romance was adorable It was sweet, and funny, and felt so real The world building was incredibly well done, and I felt like it only gotdetailed and fascinating as the book continued Every side character was written with as much care as Jessica, our main character, and they could easily have each carried a book of their own My only problem with this book was an occasional pacing issue, feeling like some things happened too quickly and other things weren t given quite enough time But that doesn t begin to limit how much I adored reading this book.I will be doing a full video review soon, so look for that I m sure muchgushing will occur And seriously, this book is so worth every person s time It comes out on September 8th and I am imploring you to go pick it up Now, WHERE IS BOOK TWO I was provided an ARC of this book by the publisher 3.5 starsNot Your Sidekick follows a Chinese Vietnamese girl named Jess, as she navigates being the daughter of two superheroes and feeling like a shadow to her family s successes On top of that, she uncovers a sinister secret about the world she lives in while also dealing with her crush on a cute girl.Going into this book with lowered expectations really saved this for me I really wanted to love this, but I knew that this was going to be a book on thefun, entertaining side, rather than 3.5 starsNot Your Sidekick follows a Chinese Vietnamese girl named Jess, as she navigates being the daughter of two superheroes and feeling like a shadow to her family s successes On top of that, she uncovers a sinister secret about the world she lives in while also dealing with her crush on a cute girl.Going into this book with lowered expectations really saved this for me I really wanted to love this, but I knew that this was going to be a book on thefun, entertaining side, rather than anything too deep And I don t mean that as an insult Some books are just meant to entertain, which is perfectly fine That s exactly what it accomplished with me and I was happy and it pleasantly surprised me when there were someintricate things at play.If I m being honest, Jess didn t really stand out to me as a super well developed character Her biggest struggle is feeling average both in her normal school life and in regards to her lack of superpowers, and there were some great discussions about her bicultural identity and how it leads her to feel out of place in both communities But while I connected with her and was invested in her journey throughout the book, it felt like there was still something preventing me from falling completely in love with her She was a great protagonist with a fun voice that I liked and cared about, and it was enjoyable for me to follow her throughout the book, but I felt like there could have beenfrom her As a Southeast Asian bisexual person, though, I really loved that she was a Chinese Vietnamese bisexual girl And I loved seeing how she couldn t speak Vietnamese very well, because her parents never really taught it to her, but she still made an attempt to speak it that is pretty much my exact experience with Thai The other characters are really delightful There s Abby, the well loved popular girl Jess has a not so secret crush on, and also her best friends Bells and Emma I loved the way their relationships with Jess were developed, and I really enjoyed reading their interactions I m especially excited to readfrom them in the next books of the series I think the thing that makes me say this is not a perfect book is the plot It was really, really predictable, so that took out a bit of the fun for me Sure, it was entertaining for me as the reader to know certain things that Jess didn t and watch her embarrass herself, but I think it s important for a book to have some level of mystery or intrigue, especially when this book relied a lot on the idea of not knowing exactly what s going on However, I still thought the book was enjoyable enough despite the predictability and a few plot holes, which is why it s not getting a lower rating from me I just had so much fun reading it, and I didn t want to put it down once in the 3 hours I binged it all in one sitting The romance was probably my favorite part of the book, though Yes, it suffered from a lot of predictability like the plot, but god, it was so cute I thought the development of it was exceptionally well done, and you could tell they were both pining so hard for each other I was just really invested in them And I couldn t want for them to get together Also, I loved that classic view spoiler our parents are enemies but we re in love with each other hide spoiler trope Overall, I definitely would go into this expecting a fun book because that s what you ll get There are a few objective issues with the actual craft of the story, but for me, having those adjusted expectations allowed me to enjoy the story to the point that those issues didn t affect my reading experience too much If an entertaining superhero story with a cute f f romance interests you, I definitely recommend this one, and I m excited to read the rest of this seriesrep Chinese Vietnamese bisexual 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