Google+ Reading Teen: Review: High School Heroes by James Mascia

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Review: High School Heroes by James Mascia

Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 298 pages
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
Author's Blog:
Facebook Page:
Buy the Book: Paperback, Kindle($4.99)

What discovered you had the ability to read minds? What would you do with that power? On Christine Carpenter's first day of her sophomore year at Thomas Jefferson High School she makes a startling discovery. She can hear peoples' thoughts. After convincing herself she's not going crazy, Chris must learn to control her amazing mind-reading ability. Using her power she quickly realizes her crush, the captain of the football team, is also blessed with a special ability. She is soon sucked into a world she never thought possible when two more of her classmates, and a teacher, turn out to have powers as well. What are they meant to do with their special gifts that can either help, or harm others? Christine soon finds out when a monster, lurking in the depths of her school, threatens to murder the student population. When it becomes apparent that the creature is someone she knows, she must decide whether to try and save him, or destroy the beast. If she chooses destruction, can she live with the consequences? 

My Review:

     I hate to say it, but the cover of this book was a definite turnoff for me.  It's just not my style.  I fell in love with the story (which I was reading on the computer), and then saw the cover later and said, "Really?"  And I am definitely guilty of judging many books by their covers, but I urge you not to let that happen with this book!

     Aside from that I really enjoyed this book!  I loved that Christine was smart.  I'm so sick of reading books about girls, who's characters I like, but are too dumb to realize something that's staring them in the face!  And I just loved how down-to-earth she was.  It wasn't a "Yay, I have superpowers so I'm off to save the world!" kind of book.  She thought becoming a superhero was just as rediculous as I would (you know, if I'm ever confronted with that type of situation ;) 

     I also loved Ethan.  And yes, it's kind of cliche to love the main guy, but I couldn't help it!  He was just too cute in his nerdy-jock way!  I loved how much he wanted to be a superhero even though Christine told him he was crazy!  And how he let her know that (as cheesy as it sounds) she couldn't abuse her powers.

     Lastly, I would not usually read super hero books, but there was something about this one that caught my attention.  The fight scenes and "powers" could have been very cheesy, but I thought they were very well done. The story sucks you in, so that all the conversations about superpowers seem completely natural.  That, I think, is what really won me over, the fact that he could make me think, "Maybe superheroes really do exist."

Loved it!

  • Sexual content: Mild
  • Profanity: Mild/Moderate
  • Violence: Moderate
  • Other Notables: Some Bullying 
For more info go to


  1. This sounds great... how have I not heard about it yet?? I'm hunting it down now. :)
    Thanks for the review.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. @Amy-
    Yeah, I definitely know what you mean:/

    Yay! That makes me happy! Tell me what you think!


  3. I must admit to also judging books from time to time but lately I try hard not to. I read the summary now not just skip the whole book =p anyways this one sounds like a cool book and I'm with you, I don't think I would want to become a super hero if I had super powers lol anyways thanks for review

    as always ♥, Carol

  4. I love that your first point is to not judge the book by the no bueno cover. Because I definitely about to skip the review because the cover looked so awful. I know... I am one of those people. :) But thanks for the review, and for pointing out that the cover does not do it justice. I may have to get it on my kindle. Like Brandi, I'd not heard of this one, but definitely adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the review!

  5. this is so buffy the vampire slayer/ x-men/ spider man/ power rangers should i go on? The whole concept of "high school heros" has seriously been done SO MANY TIMES its getting old. the cover is god awful and the plot just does not pull me in. I guess originality is hard to come by these days

  6. Haha I know right!?! I hate that I'm a cover judger!! If you read it, make sure to tell me what you think!!!


    I'm sorry you feel that way. Actually I didn't think it was like buffy the vampire slayer, x-men, or spider man. And it was absolutely nothing like the power rangers so I don't really think you should judge it if you haven't read it. Sure, there are many books about "high school heroes" but they're all done so differently that you can hardly lump them all together and say there's no originality.


Leave us a comment. Commenting people are our favorites! And we like to give things to favorites :)