16 October 2015

Othergirl by Nicole Burstein

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

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  1. Finally getting caught up on all the blog posts I'd bookmarked to go back to! Sadly my library doesn't have this, but I'm going to track it down on my own. It does sound like an interesting take on the superhero genre. Thanks for posting about it!

    1. It's a really fun one, I want more people to read it :D