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Othergirl by Nicole Burstein

Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They're closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers.

When Erica isn't doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero's BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can't win every fight by herself.

Life isn't a comic book - it's even crazier than that

Othergirl has been on my radar for a long while. I've followed Nicole on Twitter for a long time and I was so excited when I heard she had her book deal I've always enjoyed her humour and geeky take on life and her personality shines through in this book. I adored every page and cannot wait to read more from Nicole in the future.

Othergirl is the story of Louise BFF to Superhero Erica. I adored Louise. She is just so normal and there is so much about her I could relate to. She's a worrier regularly found sat at home fretting over how things are going whilst her BFF is out being a superhero. She's sensible and practical. Whilst Erica is off with her head in the clouds thinking about joining the Vigils, Louise is worrying that her friend isn't doing her homework and the impact that'll have on her GCSE performance. She is the one patching up Erica's superhero costume in the evenings and spending her free time at school in the school library. She knits. I love that she knits. I love that girl and wish she'd been my BFF when I was a teen.

I love the relationship between the girls. They are so very different but it works and I loved seeing how the relationship worked and how they balanced one another out. I also adored Louise's friend Toby who was such an incredibly cute geeky boy.

I read this book in a matter of hours because the storyline was well paced and exciting and I foud myself unable to put the book down because I needed to know what was going to happen next. The superhero element made it a really exciting read. I loved how original the ideas in the story were taking traditional and frankly sexist ideas about female superheroes and challenging them.

All in all a book I adored. Nicole is an author who has found herself onto my autobuy list with this awesome debut novel.