This will be the first book review under my new book rating system, and I'm not going to lie: I'm excited.
"Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They're closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers.
When Erica isn't doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero's BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can't win every fight by herself.
Life isn't a comic book - it's even crazier than that."
I put off reading Othergirl for I don't know how long and I wish I had picked this up sooner, such a fun read. The novel is from the viewpoint of a girl who is the friend of a superhero, an interesting stance as normally books are all about the "Chosen One", but here we have the un-super sidekick, Louise, telling the story as she helps her friend discover and control these unexplained superpowers. As a character, I really like Louise; she's a worrier, and a dreamer so I definitely felt a connection with her. Not only did we follow the journey of the fantastical discovery of powers and magic, but this novel is coupled with Louise trying to manage a crush and homework demand. Having some every day problems alongside your end of the world or life-changing story really did it for me. It kept the story grounded and relatable and I couldn't put this book down.
The beginning really pulled me in, learning about a world where superpowers exist in a realistic context (because lets be honest, it would definitely become a career with PRs and sponsorship etc if super powers existed). I'm a sucker for superhero stories and justice, and Othergirl is a wonderful spin on this thanks to the viewpoint. Once the story got going and the villain became apparent I was still hooked, even as the story moved in to more of what would be expected from a book about heroes - you know, adventure, justice and kicking butt. I really liked an awkward friend helping a clueless superhero tame uncontrollable powers in a world like my own (like, ohmygod, what if this happened to me, and it would be sod's law that powers would exist and I wouldn't have them) and as the characters grew, the story became more focused on the superhero side of the world. It created a little bit of distance but still worth reading. I'm just being jealous because I want super powers, or a best friend who has them; I could happily live in the beginning of this book forever and maybe I'm a bit bitter because I didn't want it to end.
All in all, a fun read and I was not disappointed. There were some unique powers (which is always refreshing when reading about superpowers) and a voice that entertained and I thoroughly enjoyed. If you're looking for something easy with a bit of action, but a bit of romance too, Othergirl is a good one to go for.
What 3 stars mean on my system