A review by rjandersonwriter
Eighth-Grade Superzero by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich


I really enjoyed this book. Reggie is a lovable character that readers like myself will root for, yet his doubts and mistakes -- including things like his rivalry with his sister, and his struggles to get over the embarrassing "puke" incident that's haunted him all year at school -- make him believable. The supporting characters are diverse yet none of them stock or stereotypical, and a lot of difficult issues such as homelessness, poverty, and racial tension are touched upon thoughtfully without becoming heavy-handed or preachy. I really appreciated that all the loose ends weren't tied up in a neat Hollywood package, either -- it made the book feel that much more like real life. And yet the ending is definitely satisfying...

Beautifully written, with an understated but smooth style that never once pulled me out of the story. Recommended.