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Superheroes for everyone: Why Heroine Addiction is great and you should really consider reading it.
I’m trying to figure out the best way to really describe Heroine Addiction by Jennifer Matarese accurately for yall beyond just gushing about how much I adore this book. This book….this is the kind of book that I would have killed for in High School. This book is funny, it pokes fun at its own genre, and it has an incredibly diverse and interesting cast of characters that feels natural and fun.
Our protagonist is Vera: a plus-sized, biracial (Anglo/Hispanic), and bisexual former superhero. She comes from a family of superheroes, but has left the business to run her little cafe. You see, her family is having some issues ever since her father left his wife so that he could be with Morris Kemp, his (male) arch nemesis (don’t worry, he’s retired too.) All of that changes however when Morris shows up at Vera’s because her father has gone missing.
So Vera is dragged into this mystery of that has happened to her dad, and uncovers a larger plot that expected. On the way you meet her (hispanic) mother, her hot-tempered brother, her ex-girlfriend, her current male crush, Noor, the Muslim, hijab wearing Superhero leader, and tons of other interesting characters.
The world building is hilarious, right down to the bureaucracy and paparazzi that surrounds a world filled with superheroes. (Seriously. At one point a Zombie breakout happens and everyone’s reaction is “damn, not this again. I’ll be late to work!”)
This book hits on biphobia from the gay community, queerphobia from the wider community, issues of family, and friendship. Vera has two potential love interests in the book, her ex-girlfriend Hazel and a man named Troy. Neither potential romance takes over the book, both are interesting, and treated as equally valid (and thus, Vera’s bisexuality is treated as completely valid.) Plus Everett and Morris are simply an “Awwwww” worthy couple.
If I had a complaint about this book, its that there are moments that feel like they could use another edit through. The “big bad” reveal feels a bit lacking for example, and there are times when the narrative voice feels a bit weak. However, for me this book is a character driven work, and the characters are endearing.
So…why read this book? If you want a superhero novel that breaks the All-White-American-Boy mold for superheroes, where diversity isn’t tokenized, where there is a strong LGBTQ+ presence, that doesn’t take itself too seriously: read this book.
This book is self-published, so I believe the only way to get it is on Amazon. It’s $13 for the paperback, and only $3 for the Kindle. I’ve already bought 3 copies to give to friends. If you need something fun this summer: pick up this book.