Not Your Sidekick By C. B. Lee


Goodreads Synopsis: Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

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I really wanted to love this book, it does after all have a bi Asian main character.  Maybe I was just too old for it?

Not Your Sidekick is one cliche after another. The writing is terrible, it was so repetitive I almost quit several times.  The characters are badly written and like I said earlier, the plot a massive cliche.

First we have Jess, who is a normal girl in a family of superheroes. She’s trying to find her way in life and ends up getting an internship at a mysterious factory.  But through a turn of events she realizes that the internship is with a company run by her town’s ”villains”.  Why didn’t she stop then you ask? Since her parents are rivals with the villains. Or at least why didn’t she tell her parents who she was working for and maybe get information on the bad guys? I don’t know.   The character literally never thought about any of that. She never told her parents who she was working for, and what’s worse, she didn’t even seem to care.

Then we had every other character being obvious about who they were, or what was going on. Obviously Jess’ sister was being brainwashed. Obviously Abby was the daughter of the villains. But did Jess notice? Nope. Not at all.

And third I had a huge problem with the ending. Basically, without giving the spoilers away,  there are no stakes. Nothing matters. Could have been fixed by people actually thinking.  Oh and on top of that it literally took them no effort whatsoever for the heroes to win in the end.  The book made no sense at all.

I think Not Your Sidekick had a lot of potential. Jess could have been a great character in a slightly older book. The story could have been entertaining if the plot had been better. It could have been a fantastic story.   It has all of the right diversity parts, it just fell flat everywhere else. I am very disappointed.  I gave it 1 star on Goodreads.


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