Series: Sidekicked #1
Published by Walden Pond Press on June 25th 2013
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With not nearly enough power comes way too much responsibility.
Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses – his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet – he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than he does fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna – their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.
But this was all before a supervillain long thought dead returned to Justicia, superheroes began disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threatened to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It’s what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to break down?
Sidekicked is the story of Drew “The Sensationalist”, a sidekick in training whose hero, The Titan, is MIA. Drew is a teenager who has super senses – smelling, hearing, etc. Not the most glamorous powers to have, but it has him training with other sidekicks like his best friend Jenna, who is sidekick to the Fox. Jenna is supportive of Drew, but right of you can tell there’s a bit more that Drew feels for her. Full of teen angst, Drew tries his best to connect with his hero, but to no avail, he’s simply not interested and would rather drink beer in crummy bars than try to save the world.
Beyond that, there’s a new sidekick training at their school and he seems to be interested in his best friend Jenna. Drew becomes jealous and ends up bridging a gap between them over it. Jenna obviously is only a friend, as much as Drew wants there to be more. To make things worse, the villain that everyone thought The Titan killed, is back and up to his old tricks. Drew sees this as an opportunity to get the Titan back into costume and into action, but he’s not to be found. In the meantime, things become so dangerous, even his training ends up being postponed as other heros go missing.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked Sidekicked up, but I was not expecting such a serious book. Drew obviously has his own problems, dealing with his supersenses, wanting to be more than friends, and dealing with being sidekicked to someone who doesn’t want to work with him. Add in a deadly plot to get the Titan back into action and Drew ends up in more danger than just having a broken heart. The action written into Sidekicked threw you into the story and into the world where superheros exist.
Also, I felt like Sidekicked pulled in what a realistic world would look like with masked superheroes. It didn’t feel overdramatic or cheesy, although there were some funny moments along with the dramatic. I felt completely immersed and somewhat depressed while reading this book. In the end, there were some great plot twists and moments that left an impact on me as a reader. I highly recommend Sidekicked for any kind of reader.