Blog Tour: Review + Character Interview SUPER ADJACENT by Crystal Cestari

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Comic, Superheroes

Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting "What to Say to a Hero" speeches in her diary. Now that she's landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.

Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she's sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who's clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.

In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it's like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

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Interview with Claire

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A:  Rising the ranks at Warrior Nation! Just because I wasn’t born with superpowers, doesn’t mean I can’t help support their mission. I see myself working in communications or maybe marketing… no one knows more about the heroes than me, so who better to promote their message? 

Q: It sounds like you know what you want after graduation. So tell me, what is your favorite subject in school?
A:  It is nerdy to say… all of them? School comes really naturally to me, and I feel pretty confident about my whole schedule. 
Except gym. I’m not into gym.

Q: I’m sure you’ve thought of this in detail before now, if you could choose any super power/ability what would it be?
A:  Oh wow, okay, YES. I have thought about this a lot! I would love the ability to know the answer to any question. Not only would this help me absolutely c-r-u-s-h my senior year and secure the valedictorian spot with ease, but I’d also be able to help with future Warrior Nation missions. Not sure where the next villain attack will be? I know! Don’t know the best way to thwart an opponent? I do! It’d be awesome.

Q: Follow-up question: If you got to choose your superhero name, what would you pick?
A:  Superhero names are tough because Warrior Nation has such an epic history of iconic personalities. I’ve always liked the names that are a little more subtle, that don’t necessarily play off the hero’s power. Like my favorite Warrior, Blue Streak: his name is all about evoking a feeling of power. I’d want something like that.

Q: Do you believe that everyone has both good and bad inside them?
A. Yes. I mean, do I love the simplicity of heroes conquering villains? Sure, who doesn’t? But I’ve listened to enough bad guy monologues to know there’s usually a reason behind an evil turn.

Q: Okay, so just for fun! What’s your Hogwarts house?
A:  Ravenclaw, for sure. With a drop of Gryffindor! 

We all fight our own battles, even if we're not wearing capes.

This book was such a treat to read! It was thoroughly entertaining and did a fantastic job portraying many impactful messages. It sucked me in immediately. Even with the fantasy elements (I mean there are super heroes), I felt like I didn't need a ton of world building to visualize the setting since it was set in modern day Chicago.

"Weakness is strength that's yet to be tested."

Claire is 17 and trying to land an internship with Warrior Nation before her senior year in high school. When it finally happens, she's almost too starstruck to to function. Then there's Joy, the newest Warrior and Claire's accidental acquaintance. She's spent her entire life preparing for this. To be part of the team that supports the heroes. It's everything she's ever dreamed of. Until it isn't.... could her life dream go down in flames?

I wanted to change the world for the better, not see my existing world fall apart.

Bridgette is tired of being known as, and hated for being, the girlfriend of the city's most eligible super hero, Matt. She's constantly fighting to be her own woman only to have Matt's fame get in the way... again. She's finally had enough and calls it quits with Matt and Warrior Nation. But it seems that life has other plans for her. Bridgette and Claire find themselves as unlikely alliance (and friends), when all the Chicago chapter Warriors suddenly disappear.

I know all too well there is no calm unless you face the storm.

SUPER ADJACENT it told through two female POVs, which can often be confusing, but I didn't find myself getting lost in who's voice I was reading. There were enough references to keep it straight. I felt like Crystal Cestari touched on so many current issues and I found the way she addressed them to be very meaningful. Parts of this story felt a little rushed or maybe even a little juvenile if that makes sense? Almost verging on a Middle Grade novel. With both queer and straight romance, lots of action scenes (because superheroes... DUH), and a good moral, everyone can find something to like about this story. Overall I enjoyed this read and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and quick read.

I once thought my days had to be larger than life for me to amount to something. But as it turns out, following your heart can be an equally epic adventure.

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Writing has been my jam since I was very young. In fact, in fifth grade we filled out a profile declaring what we would be doing as adults. I wrote I wanted to be an author because: "I love reading and stories, and want to share that love." My elementary-school self was very wise, because that sentiment holds true today.

I live just outside Chicago with my daughter. My likes include ice cream and bulldogs, and dislikes span from broccoli to wet sneakers on linoleum (the worst). I always carry around a notebook to scribble down ideas. Writing longhand works best for me (even though it's the slowest method ever) because looking at a blank piece of paper is somehow less intimidating than a blank screen. Plus, there are so many pretty notebooks and pens to doodle with!

The Best Kind of Magic is my first YA novel, and I can't wait to share it! Shoot me a message if you'd like; happy reading, fellow Goodreader!

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