Strictly No Heroics
Author: B. L. Radley
In Strictly No Heroics, a normal teen girl must navigate crushing on her best friend, starting a new summer job, and not being squashed during the next supervillain showdown in B.L. Radley's young adult debut filled with humor and heart.
A Normie’s guide to staying alive in Sunnylake City:
1. Keep your head down.
2. Don’t make enemies.
3. Strictly no heroics.
The world is run by those with the Super gene, and Riley Jones doesn’t have it. She’s just a Normie, ducking her way around the hero vs. villain battles that constantly demolish Sunnylake City, working at a crappy diner to save up money for therapy, and trying to figure out how to tell her family that she’s queer. But when Riley retaliates against a handsy superhero at work, she finds herself in desperate need of employment, and the only place that will hire her is HENCH.
Yes, HENCH, as in henchmen: masked cronies who take villains' coffee orders, vacuum their secret lairs, and posture in the background while they fight. Riley's plan is to mind her own business and get paid...but that quickly devolves when she witnesses a horrible murder on the job. Caught in the thick of a gentrification plot, a unionization effort, and a developing crush on her prickly fellow henchwoman, Riley must face the possibility that even a powerless Normie can take a stand against injustice.
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"In this insightful, multilayered debut... Radley subverts classic comic book tropes to craft an imaginative futuristic setting grounded in realistic interpersonal challenges." --Publishers Weekly, starred Review
"Riley’s journey in this world populated with queer and racially diverse characters is both thrilling and galvanizing." -- Kirkus
"It’s not easy being a Normie in a world where superheroes and villains take up all the attention... so Riley’s hesitance to just embrace her own badass self is understandable...the book ends on a celebratory note as she finally realizes that she can have love, a great job, a close and honest connection with her family, and a meaningful place in the world, regardless of her status. " --BCCB
" Radley's debut smartly winds critical issues into the propulsive plot. A thrill ride for socially conscious teens." --Booklist Online