Monday, 30 March 2009

Hottie by Jonathan Bernstein

From Amazon: Alison Cole’s got it all: She’s gorgeous, dating a steamy surfer boy, and has just been crowned Beverly Hills High Freshman Class President. Then during a special “symmetry” surgery, a lightning bolt zaps her, and Alison instantly transforms into Hottie—that is, a totally sizzling superhero with the power to shoot fire from her fingers! Shunned as a Pyro-Freak, Alison must adopt dorky David Eels as her crime-fi ghting sidekick. But she doesn’t realize that a supervillain’s lurking. . . . Has Hottie met her match?

Publication date: Thursday 2nd April

Hottie is easy to read, funny and light. I read somewhere that it's a cross between Clueless and X-Men, and, for the most part, I agree.

I enjoyed the superhero aspect of the book, as I'm a fan of this genre. Plus, how cool would it be to be able to shoot fire from your fingers?!

Hottie starts off in a chick-lit style: lots of fashion references and high school drama. I laughed out loud several times, as some of the characters (especially best friends Kellyn and Dorinda) are just so false and bitchy. Their sarcasm, nastiness and utter stupidity was really fun to read, and reminded me very much of the spoilt rich clique from Mean Girls.

Alison was a character that took me a few chapters to warm to, as I didn't quite connect with her at first. However, once she had gained her superpowers and been alienated by her friends, I quickly became a fan. Betrayal in a friendship is something that I'm sure everyone encounters during their lifetime, and this is what made me initially start to sympathise with her.

David was my favourite character overall. He was your typical geek: into comics, not very acquainted with the female gender, and full of what would become useful superhero references. He comes out of his shell once he meets Alison, and together they save Beverly Hills from petty crooks and robberies.

The pacing of the book is very fast, and Jonathan Bernstein manages to fit a lot into three hundred and twenty pages. There were a couple of plot twists I didn't see coming, and one which I probably should have figured out. I would have liked to have read more about the development of David's feelings for Alison, as they progressed very quickly and effortlessly. Perhaps this is something we'll see more of in the sequel, which is due for release next year.

There's only one aspect of this book that I have a problem with, and that's the cover. I don't like it at all. I think it makes it look too comedic, and the bright pink is just horrible. I know the original cover had a cartoon image instead of a real girl, and I can't help but think that it would have suited the book better. Don't let the cover put you off though, as Hottie has a lot more to it than that. It's essentially about friendships, trust and finding your place in the world, with a little sci-fi thrown in for good measure.

I'll definitely be reading the sequel, and I look forward to seeing what the gang gets up to next.


Chicklish said...

I love the sound of this - thanks for the review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I have to say that the cover puts me off this book straight away but your review has convinced me that I should read it.

Sadako said...

I like the superhero aspect of it too. Wasn't crazy about the cover but def enjoyed your review.

Bookworm said...

Ooooh....I'm so jealous! I'm dying for a copy. I love the superhero aspect, too!

Steph Su said...

Yeah, I don't like the cover either, but after hearing some decent reviews about this book it's looking pretty interesting.

jonathan Bernstein said...

Thanks for the review. Just to confirm that the contents are,in fact, better than the cover suggests, I'm posting lo-fi audio snippets-- Hotcasts, I'm calling them!-- at my blog:
Feel free to drop by...

Chris Jackson said...

OMG THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BOOKS I'VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! BTW, You should all check out my upcoming crossover fan fic "Hottie 3". It's like a cross between Clueless, The Avengers and Super Super Smash Bros.