Thank you to Netgalley and Tor Publishing for the e-arc!
Genres: young adult, fantasy, sci-fi, LGBTQIA+, romance
Page count: 304
(TW: profanity, mind reading, harmful disease effecting loved one)
There were some great things about this novel. It had fantastic diversity (main character is a Jewish lesbian, her love interest is a pansexual Latina), the dialogue was heartfelt, and the pop culture references were awesome (one of the characters is a Steve + Bucky fan-fiction writer). They even mentioned Ao3 (Archive of Our Own) which is basically where all the people (those people being me) obsessed with a book, Tv show, series etc, go to that to see fan-art, fan-fiction, and more! I loved the different POVs, and the way each main character has their own writing format. Emily’s blog posts were so real and fun, as were Aaron’s forum discussions. I love that the narrator is a lesbian, but her story does not centre around coming out or discovering her sexuality. When so many queer narratives follow a coming-out narrative, which is totally great, but it was refreshing to read a story where the book isn’t centred around that narrative.
The book was mainly based on the idea of Atypical skills. At first I was a bit confused as to what they were but I slowly realised that they just sound like average superhero abilities. For example, the narrator’s father can levitate objects, and her brother can read people’s minds. The language is simple and accessible, which is fairly standard for YA, and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The formatting of the e-arc threw me off at times, but thats not an issue: I definitely recommend this book to sci-fi, fantasy, modern fantasy, LGBTQIA+, and even romance readers. Thank you for reading this review, I hope you liked it and liked the book!!