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The universe that Lee created in Not Your Sidekick is as sharp and effortlessly detailed as ever.... They do what they can to save the world, without ever aspiring to be a savior, learning that true heroism comes through working together.

Lambda Literary

Lee delivers YET AGAIN with another SIDEKICK full of heart, guts, and all the queerness you could wish for.

EK Johnston, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

Lee crams a lot of themes into a small package here, including LGBTQ relationships, a dystopian society, realizing your heroes have flaws, the importance of family and more… Jess and Abby are delightful characters and superhero fans like this reviewer will especially enjoy Lee’s take on how superpowers work. I’m ready for the sequel!

RT Book Reviews

‘The Best Superheroes Right Now Aren’t on Screens. They’re in Books’… Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee is a coming-of-age tale about Jessica Tran, the powerless daughter of two superheroes who gets a job at a tech company—and discovers that the world of heroes and villains is more complicated than she realized.

Wired Magazine

This is a light romp of a middle grade adventure/romance, but the real strength is in its matter-of-fact representation of LGBTQ and first-generation American identities. While the meanings of these identities are explored, they are not the focus of the book and are simply part of the character- and world-building. Coming out has already happened, friendships based on immigrant identity are complicated, and there are many primary and secondary characters who fall into these categories so that no single character has to stand for everyone.

School Library Journal