Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari is a fresh take on the world of superheroes, told from the perspective of the people who are “adjacent” to them. As a fan of superhero stories, I had high expectations for this one, and its unique premise and contrasting perspectives on what it’s like to date a hero make for an enjoyable read. Those looking for an action-packed book with an inspiring message will not want to miss this one.Title: Super Adjacent
Author: Crystal Cestari
Also by this author: Happily Ever Island
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: March 1, 2020
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 happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.
Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she's sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who's clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it's like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.
Review: Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari
As a longtime fan of superheroes, Claire is thrilled when she lands an internship with Warrior Nation and gets the opportunity to work with the heroes she looks up to. Bridgette, on the other hand, is dating one of Chicago’s most popular heroes and wants out of Warrior Nation after enduring the unique struggles of being with someone in this line of work. However, when Warrior Nation faces a new, mysterious threat and the heroes go missing, it is up to Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
❀ Dual Perspectives
This book is told from dual perspectives, and I enjoyed the nuance this provides. Claire’s perspective shows us the thrill of dating a hero and the excitement of getting in on the action while Bridgette’s explores the darker side of being close to a superhero–the fear when they get injured and the frustration when work always takes priority. The contrast between the two paints an interesting picture of the culture of superheroes, and I found the choice to make both narrators civilians smart.
❀ Inspiring Message
One of my favourite aspects of the story is the direction the author took in terms of defining what a hero is. While the book is set in an organization of superheroes, it highlights the capacity of ordinary people to make a difference as Claire and Bridgette work to save them. The message about how you don’t need superpowers or a flashy suit to be a hero is inspiring, and it is a powerful choice for this genre.
❀ Entertaining Read
Super Adjacent by Crystal Cestari is an entertaining read following ordinary people who are dating superheroes, and become heroes themselves. I enjoyed the original plot, and the dual narration provides nuanced insight into the lifestyle of superheroes. The message about the power of average people rounds out the story, and I’m sure this will be a great read for a younger YA audience.