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Priestley, Chris: Superpowerless.

Priestley, Chris

Superpowerless

Hot Key Books, 2017, pp352, 7.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 47140 497 9

Life hasn't been easy for sixteenyear-old David recently; he's grieving for his dad who died a couple of years ago, has a difficult relationship with his mum, and has alienated himself from his best friend, Joe. Finding solace in his dad's old comics, David begins to form an alternative reality in his mind, a reality in which he has superpowers just like his heroes. Even superpowers can't help when David gets involved with the gorgeous girl next door, Holly, though. In fact they can make things even more complicated.

This is a rare and refreshingly honest contemporary YA novel about what it means to be an adolescent boy. Curious, nervous and excited by thoughts of sex most of the time. Struggling to understand his place in the world. Full of grief, yet unable to articulate his feelings. David is a multi-layered, hugely likable character.

Accompanied by Priestley's own comic strip illustrations, Superpowerless tackles the subject of grief from a unique angle and questions what it really means to be super. A great addition to any secondary school library.

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Author:McKay, Amy
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Date:Dec 22, 2017
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