“We hold our parents’ hope for a new future, but that future isn’t necessarily going to be what our parents thought it would be.”
I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki and Yoshi Yoshitani (208 pages)
This is more rambling than a coherent review.
Mandy wasn’t very likable as a main character. But it is very realistic that some teens are self-centered, don’t get along with their parents because of irrational things, and feel outcast and full of angst. Add in the layer of not wanting to be in a beautiful, accomplished superhero mom’s shadow. Her behavior is understandable, but it could turn some readers off.
In real life, an older Mandy would look back, embarrassed, at her younger self’s behavior. Many times (60% – 70% probably) I thought my parents were embarrassing me and ruining my life, and, now, I realize how immature I was being. Anyway, I get Mandy was a brat and didn’t communicate well, but I didn’t hate the story.
In addition, Mandy has a conflict about life after high school. She has test anxiety and does not want to go to college. Nothing wrong with that, but the topic of learning a trade never came up. Or what was the cause of the anxiety. It’s like it magically disappears, so I don’t get why it, the anxiety portion, was a part of the plotline. [spoiler]
Onto positives, I enjoyed the flat artwork and Lincoln, Mandy’s bestfriend, and Claire (love when the popular kids have depth or aren’t all stereotypical) weren’t bad. Starfire looked good! I love that you could see she was trying with Mandy. [spoiler]
Review with spoilers: here
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