ACTUALLY SUPER – Adi Alsaid – Discover Superheroes

A captivating journey, well-developed characters, and an innovative idea that succeeds.

By Adi Alsaid ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 22, 2023

Isabel Wolfe, an eighteen-year-old, is on a mission to find superheroes. She found solace in Actually Super, an online community that believes in the existence of people with superhuman abilities.

This gave her hope that there are people out there fighting evil. Before she sets off on her journey, she makes a pact with her best friends Sam and Chío to meet in Mexico during their last spring break before college. When Isabel fails to show up, they become worried and start searching for her.

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The novel follows both Sam and Chío’s search for Isabel in Mexico and Isabel’s journey around the world. She starts in Tokyo, where a superhero is rumored to be saving people at subway stations. She then travels to Taiwan, the Philippines, Australia, Argentina, and Peru, and is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers. Through her journey, she discovers a deeper understanding of heroism and humanity.

The characters in the novel are diverse, with Isabel being white and Jewish, Chío being Argentine, and Sam having light brown skin. This novel is a powerful story of character development and exploration of different cultures, making it a satisfying read.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 2023
ISBN: 9780593375808

Page Count: 288
Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023