|This is the cover art that I like best|
I found this book while searching through GLBT YA lists on Amazon and Goodreads for the GLBT challenge that I'm taking part in this year. The premise was unique and all in all the book sounded interesting. A gay superhero. Here is the Goodreads blurb:
The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father's pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he's been asked to join the League - the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he's gay.
But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.
To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he'll have to come to terms with his father's past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.
|this is the cover art on my copy|
Now, off the Perry- Moore- Is- A-Genius soapbox. I loved Hero. I really did. It was worth every penny spent on it and if I could, I'd buy a copy for every library in the US. Thom was a likable guy who isn't perfect by any means but he's willing to but himself on the line to do the right thing and that is what makes a hero. His house is broken into and he finds a crack pipe in his yard so he decides to volunteer at the local youth center. He finds he has powers and is invited to try out for the superhero league and he goes out for it, knowing that he may embarrass the heck out of himself and get in big trouble with his dad. He just wants to make a difference. Thom also keeps trying even in the face of defeat. He's also a good role model, I think, for GLBT teens because he is not willing to lie when confronted about his sexuality. It would make his life easier in some ways if he hid who he was but he does. When it's brought up, he doesn't lie about it. He knows who he is and he deals with it. This book is also not just about Thom as a gay hero. There are other "misfit" heroes who prove that they have worth and that ANYONE who tries hard enough can be a hero. We also learn about the love that parents have for their children. Thom's dad seems to be ashamed of him but when it comes down to it, Thom learns that there is more to it than that. We also learn about love and the concept of what we think we want versus what we need. Thom learns that love is something that grows over time and that looks are not the be all end all of attraction and relationships.
All in all, this book was amazing. It greatly saddens me that there will probably not be anymore Thom Creed books. I would suggest this for readers over the ago of 14 as there are mentions of pornography, masturbation, kissing, underage drinking, and violence. Honestly though, there is nothing in this book that even comes close to what teens are discussing in the hallways at your local high school. I think that everyone should read this book. It moved me in ways that I can't even describe. I really hope you'll give it a chance. Click here to add Hero to your Goodreads. Click here to visit the Perry Moore website and find out more about gay superheroes from the world of comics.
Hero earns 5 Fairies from me for unexpected heroes and all around greatness!