I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki art by Yoshi Yoshitani
From New York Times bestselling author Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Yoshi Yoshitani (Zatanna and the House of Secrets) comes a story about Mandy, the daughter of super-famous superhero Starfire, and her desperate attempts to get out from under her shadow.
Seventeen-year-old Mandy Koriand’r is not her mother. Daughter of Starfire and high school outcast, Mandy is constantly trying to get out from under the shadow of her bright, bubbly, scantily clad, and famous mother. Dyeing her bright orange hair black and sticking close to her best friend, Lincoln, Mandy spends her days at school avoiding Teen Titans superfans and trying to hide her feelings for the gorgeous, popular, and perfect Claire. And while Mandy usually avoids spending too much time with her alien mother, she’s been particularly quiet as she’s keeping one major secret from her: Mandy walked out of her S.A.T.
While Mandy continues to tell Lincoln her plans of moving to France to escape the family spotlight and not go to college, she secretly hides a fear of not knowing her identity outside of just being the daughter of a superhero and who she will become. But when she is partnered with Claire to work on a school project, their friendship develops into something more and a self-confidence unknown to Mandy begins to bloom. Claire seems to like Mandy for being Mandy, not the daughter of Starfire.
But when someone from Starfire’s past comes to disrupt Mandy’s future, Mandy must finally make a choice: give up before the battle has even begun, or step into the unknown and risk everything. I Am Not Starfire is a story about mother-daughter relationships, embracing where you come from while finding your own identity, and learning to be unafraid of failing, if it was even failing in the first place.
I don’t really know anything about Starfire, but thought this sounded like a good graphic novel to try. I’ve been liking DC’s current stuff much more than their older books.
Mandy is the daughter of Starfire, a superhero. But Mandy doesn’t know who her father is and she has no superpowers. She feels like a letdown to her mom. Kids at school only ask her about her mom. Mandy has one friend, Lincoln, whom I adored. But the rest of the kids aren’t real nice to her. To be fair, Mandy’s not super nice either. There’s a popular girl at school, Claire, that she might have a crush on. But she denies it. Mandy and Claire get partnered in class and Claire might not be so bad. But Mandy is really just trying to figure out who she is. She doesn’t want to go to college and walked out of her SAT. She talks about going to France. But overall, Mandy seemed insecure and upset a lot. I’m definitely curious to see where her story goes in the future.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to DC for my review copy. #InPartnershipWithDC
Please ignore the goodreads rating. The reviews are disgusting (people complaining about the f/f relationship).
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR?