Jessica Tran is not a superhero. Despite both her parents being superheros, no powers have manifested for her, and it looks like they never will. So Jessica, in an effort to help her resume, decides to take an internship for a supervillian. And lucky for her, the other intern just happens to be Abby, the girl she’s had a crush on for forever. But things aren’t always as they seem and as she gets deeper into the internship she begins to have questions about what it really means to be a hero.
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Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.
Genre: Science Fiction, Superheroes
Cis girls: Jess, Abby
Trans boys: Bells
Not mentioned in the book. Presumed to be the same as the characters’ sexual orientation.
Chinese Vietnamese American: Jess
Ownvoices: Ownvoices for bisexuality and Asian American rep.