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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Super Me: Super Series, Book One is a paranormal coming of age novel for young and new adults written by Jessica Dazzo. She wasn’t going to have to take the bus to school that morning -- or ever again, Faye realized with delight, and still some disbelief, as she made sure her mom wasn’t home, and she turned the key of her “new” old car. It was not the fanciest or sweetest looking car out there; there were even rust spots, dents and dings adorning it, but it was hers. She had bought it through saving bits of cash here and there from her job at the supermarket. Faye’s mom had her when she was only sixteen years old, and she had lost the support of her family because of her pregnancy. Brooke now seemed determined to live her life to the fullest and make Faye bear the brunt of what she had had to go through as a teen. Faye had become the adult in the relationship, and even though it was her seventeenth birthday, she seemed to have lost her joie de vivre, if indeed she had ever had it. She was determined to enjoy her seventeenth birthday, however, and even decided to start off the day with a special coffee treat at her favorite coffee house. But from then on, the day only got worse.
Jessica Dazzo’s paranormal coming of age novel, Super Me, grabbed me with that first incomparably heart-breaking episode in the coffee house and didn’t let go until I finished the last page of the book. Faye is a grand character, Dickensian at times, and so very resilient in the face of everything that happens to her. I couldn’t help but feel even more for this girl, who had had her childhood and teen years stripped away by a selfish mother, when she begins to hear things that no one else does; things that make life even more awkward for her than it already is. Dazzo’s plot is creative and original, and her characters are credible and alive. I was quite pleased to discover that this is the first book in an ongoing series and am looking forward to reading more about this intriguing and original character. Super Me: Super Series, Book One is most highly recommended.