Hub Challenge Week 1 Update

Cover of The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin HicksI got a decent start on the Challenge by completing two books last week, The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks and Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle.

There’s nothing like a graphic novel to get you off to a quick start in a Challenge like this. But for me the real appeal was reading anything by Faith Erin Hicks. And Superhero Girl did not disappoint. Who knew that being a superhero was so challenging? She still has to find time to earn a living, deal with her roommate, and maybe even attend a party. This was a fun look at the serious side of growing up. When was the last time you saw a superhero have an existential crisis?

Cover of Better Nate Than Ever by Tim FederleI wish I could say the same for Nate. I really never connected with him as a character. Nobody is that naive! And what’s with portraying Pittsburgh as a hick backwater? Pittsburgh’s a pretty happening city. The story itself was appealing, if a bit unrealistic. I’m not quite sure for what audience this book is intended. It’s an odd mix of mature ideas with some juvenile plot elements. It wasn’t bad. But it didn’t work for me.

Two down, 23 to go. Two categories down, 11 more to go. (I’m not counting the Nonfiction and Morris Awards since I read those for the Winter Challenge.)

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I'm the Children's Services Coordinator for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Central Virginia.
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2 Responses to Hub Challenge Week 1 Update

  1. Feliza C. says:

    Superhero Girl is a FANTASTIC comic, especially for high school and college students.

  2. Allison Tran says:

    Thanks for participating in the Hub Challenge and blogging about it! I agree, a graphic novel is a great way to get things off to a fun and quick start. I haven’t read The Adventures of Superhero Girl myself yet, and am looking forward to it!

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