Title : Superhero
Author : Eli Easton
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, YA
Length : 136 pages (e-book)
Published : July 25, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
It’s not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they’ve been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school’s champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.
Their friendship survives, but Jordan’s worst enemy may be himself: he can’t seem to help the fact that he is head-over-heels in love with a hopeless case—his straight friend, Owen. Owen won’t let anything take Jordan’s friendship away, but he never counted on Jordan running off to find a life of his own. Owen will have to face the nature of their relationship if he’s to win Jordan back.
Superhero is my first experience with the Harmony Ink line of young adult books. I was not sure what I expected but what I got was an enjoyable coming of age story that was so much more.
This is a book that just pushed all the right buttons for me. I loved the writing style. It is filled with humor and real emotion. Jordan and Owen are wonderful characters. Jordan is that skinny non athletic kid who is creative, intelligent and prone to a bit of sarcastic humor. Owen is blonde, good looking, intelligent, athletic and has this wonderful sense of loyalty. The story is told in alternating points of view. I thought this really helped develop the characters and we get insight into how both boys view what is happening in their lives and feel about each other.
The journey we go through with Jordan and Owen is fun, heartbreaking, frustrating, hopeful and full of love. As you can probably tell, I loved this book.
Jordan and Owen have been best friends since second grade. When Jordan saw Owen the first day of second grade he knew he wanted them to be friends. After bonding over matchbox cars, their friendship grew and they were inseparable. This is one of my favorite quotes: “From that day on, Owen was my best friend – jelly to my peanut butter, fellow pea in my pod, Sam to my Frodo. And I was his.”
Once they reach sixth grade, things begin to change. Owen follows in the family tradition becoming a star on the sixth grade wrestling team while Jordan pursues his love of art. They also start their comic book, Pin Man and Pencil Boy. Jordan illustrates the comic and Owen writes the dialogue. Jordan goes to all of Owens matches and finds that he is more than a little attracted to boys, especially his best friend. His reaction confuses and embarrasses him. He manages to keep these feeling to himself until seventh grade when something happens that confirms to Jordan that he is gay and in love with his straight best friend (although he does not tell Owen that part). Owen lets Jordan know nothing has changed between them; they are still BFF’s.
In high school, Owens championship status is growing and things change even more when he meets a girl and starts dating. Emily is a sweet, intelligent and always includes Jordan. This is great from Owens point of view but it is torture for Jordan. In their junior year an event occurs where Jordan accidently outs himself to the school. Owen stands by Jordan as does Emily. I thought the author portrayed how people reacted to this information in a realistic way. Friends drew closer, others backed away. Those that had known Jordan since he was a boy, suddenly seem to think he is someone completely different than the person he was the day before. It was sad, frustrating and I thought the way the author had Jordan and Owen dealing with the changes was touching.
This book deals with lessons in growing up, figuring out who we are and what we want from life. What we are willing to sacrifice and what we want to hold onto, no matter what. It is told with humor and compassion with a minimal amount of angst. I was hoping that Jordan and Owen would have their happy ending and I was not disappointed. I am definitely looking forward to reading more books by this author.
Rated 5 stars by Deb