Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen by Richard Roberts


Author: Richard Roberts
Published on: February 8th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Superheros
Series: Please Don’t Tell My Parents
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
ISBN: 1620074370
Pages: 318


What would middle school be like if half your classmates had super powers? It’s time for Penny Akk to find out. Her latest (failed) attempt to become a superhero has inspired the rest of the kids in her school to reveal their own powers.

Now, all of her relationships are changing. She has a not-at-all-secret admirer, who wants to be Penny’s partner almost as much as she wants to be Penny’s rival. The meanest girl in school has gained super powers and lost her mind. Can Penny help her find a better one? Can she help an aging supervillain connect with his daughter, and mend the broken hearts of two of the most powerful people in the world? And in all this, where will she find time for her own supervillainous fun, or even more dangerous, to start dating?

It’s going to be a long, strange semester.



This is the 3rd book in the series, and I started out here just cause the opportunity to read this one came up.

I surprisingly enjoyed this book. I kept putting off reading this book because I kind of figured that I wouldn’t really like it. It’s geared more towards middle-school age children, and I’m 20 going on 21, so I figured this wouldn’t really be the book for me. I’ve always been an advanced reader, so this book would have been something I would have read in 4th or 5th grade probably.

The characters were actually really well developed, which surprised me. They each had stories behind them, and although reading the first two books in the series would have helped, I was able to do fine with understanding it reading this one alone. The superpowers within this book weren’t all cliche, in fact, there were some that I had never heard of or even thought of before. The variety within that was nice. The characters all had distinct personalities, and I could picture all of them fairly clearly.

The different aspects of this book, the romance, the superpowers, the good vs. evil theme, all blended well together, which can be really difficult to do, especially if you’re trying to use language an 11 year old would understand. Roberts does a fantastic job of making this an entertaining book, whether you’re an 11 year old or a 20 year old.

I’m not sure if I would ever read it again, but I probably will read the other two books in the series, and am hoping for a fourth!


5 out of 5 stars


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