Book Review: Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain

Happy Friday Universe!

Take in that sweet victorious Friday air! Isn’t it nice? You made it! Give yourselves a nice pat on the back. This week was short for me, as I’m sure it was short for many others, but I’m still glad my workweek is over. And no, I’m not working on the weekend, so you can probably guess how excited I am.

Anywho, today I wanted to share my individual opinion of Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts, as I did a buddy read of this with my friend Misty from Misty’s Book Space.


I’ve never read anything by this author, so I just jumped in!


Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She’s got superhero parents. She’s got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets even she doesn’t understand. She has two super powered best friends. In middle school, the line between good and evil looks clear.

In real life, nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero’s sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labeled supervillains. In the process, Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She’s good at it.

Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armor, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape shifters and ghosts, no matter what the super powered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mom and dad find out.


The Review:




I normally don’t rate my DNF’s, but I read enough of this book to give my full opinion on the writing and what did and didn’t work.

I wanted to like this book, really I did. But in the end, there were too many flaws that I couldn’t ignore that seriously affected my reading experience.

This book pulled me in because of its superhero concept. I’ve always loved superheroes since I was a comic-crazed kid in the 90’s.

However, that’s almost where the positives end for me.

I think the main issue I had with this novel was the characters. I didn’t like the main character. There, I said it. Initially I did. She seemed like a bright young girl with a very awesome future ahead of her since her parents are superheroes/superscientists.

But as things progressed, the main character seemed way too mercurial, to the point of being bipolar. I get that kids are shifty with their emotions and decisions at times, but the main character was all over the place.

The moment that did it for me was when the main character was adamant about saving a friend and not being a villain, but ended up doing the most villainy thing while literally muahaha’ing maniacally. Not only was the execution extremely cheesy and unbelievable, but the character’s entire personality became forfeit at that point. That was when I put the book down and moved on to something else.

Flow also suffered. Conversations start off well only to have sudden mentions of other things that don’t make any sense or have characters suddenly appear in conversations before they enter the scene, causing confusion.

Also related to flow, the writing was off frequently enough to make my reading a chore. The bits where the main character tried to use her powers were disjointed and didn’t make enough sense. I think that was what the author was going for since the main character doesn’t really know what she’s doing, but it always drew me out of the story and left me wanting a lot more. It just didn’t work for me.

Ultimately, I can’t recommend this book, but who knows? Give the preview a try. It could be the perfect book for you, just don’t be surprised if it doesn’t meet your expectations.


That’s a Wrap!

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  1. I popped over to Amazon and read the opening pages. I think I would have preferred Penny as a supervillain if she were more of a suave child genius than a bratty child. I see the book has a lot of fans, though, so maybe other people “get it” more than I do.

    • Right, maybe if from the get go she was a trouble maker it would work better.

      Yeah, I kind of feel like the odd one out amidst the other rave reviews out there, but I just couldn’t read the whole thing.

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