The cute tiny spider. It made the book more fun. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded it being the narrator because Annie could whine like nobody’s business and this guy was always happy and chomping down on critters of one kind or the other.
The friendship between the two main characters. I’ll always champion women friendships.
God, Annie was tiresome to the extreme. She says she knows she hasn’t actually been on her own throughout her life and that this needs to change. And yet, when her douche of a bf asks to visit, she immediately says yes. Even when she pretends to believe in herself, she’s actually doing it to impress Sophie. What’s more, the way she presented the bf, in the beginning, was SO NOT the true story. He was an asshole through and through. Besides that, she whines all the time. Doesn’t even like her job and lets her students walk all over her. In other words, not a favorite protagonist.
Now for Sophie. She could have been an empowering influence over Annie–even pretends to be one. But her actions don’t support her claims. Drugging someone, cutting them off from the rest of the world, gifting them pets to spy on them, showing up uninvited, and sneaking around someone’s property are not the actions of a person who seeks to empower.
It seems the author wanted me to view the two main characters as empowered women. I only saw them as mean people who terrorize a whole town while looking for the next downtrodden woman to train as a protege.
Asian American superheroines who won’t be held back or showed up. They value the bonds they have formed with each other and others who have become a part of their support network.
Their love interests are equally awesome. There to support their partners without trying to take over the story. I liked them!
Most women acted like teenagers, which made me check if I was actually reading a YA book.
Too much time’s spent talking rather than acting. For a novel about superheroines, we don’t see much on-screen time being dedicated to crime-fighting as much as is spent on flashbacks, inner monologues, and discussions.
Read it for the diversity, healthy relationships–platonic and otherwise– and you’ll end up liking it.