Superheroes don't start from glorious beginnings. Their origins are almost always marked by traumatic events that leave them helpless and scared. Batman witnessed his parents' murder. Superman was sent away from his dying planet with no one to guide him as he grew up. Orphaned Catwoman was forced to steal food to survive on the streets of Gotham.
What makes these superheroes super is their determination to not be defined by helplessness. They embrace their origins, their flaws, and their mistakes and strive every day to become the best versions of themselves - for the benefit of themselves and others.
Super You is a fun, friendly, and unabashedly geeky guide to becoming the superhero of your own extraordinary life. Author Emily Gordon examines comic book tropes to find lessons that anyone can apply toward overcoming tragic events and adversity in their own lives. With activities in every chapter to help identify each person's superpowers, special tools, personal kryptonite - and weapons against it - Super You is the perfect sidekick for every growing hero, empowering everyday people to transform into the most kick-ass versions of themselves.
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Good Advice Especially If You're a Girl
As far as self help books go I quickly realized that adult males were not Emily Gordon's target audience. I did gain some good takeaways from this book. There is a lot of practical advice to be found.
I like how she suggests to turn YOU into a superhero. There is you and a super you. There are many versions of you.
Book is definitely targeted to a younger female audience. Should of guessed with the Super Hero theme.
Lots of feminist undertones. Also, there are lots and lots of assumptions made about the differences between men and women. For example, "Men are taught everything they do is golden." This does not ring true in my experience. This is just one example, but there were many more. Felt many of the generalizations reflected more on the author's insecurities than actual truth.
Predicted the Super Hero tie in might be gimmicky, but it genuinely made the book more interesting.
A wonderful book filled with empathy and humanity.