Bad Girls - Steve Vance et al.

What if, instead of the awkward science nerd and social outcasts, the ones who were suddenly given superpowers were the popular kids? Specifically, the self-centered, supremely inconsiderate cheerleaders? That's the gist of Bad Girls. Science dork Ronald has been working on a super-serum ... which is then accidentally guzzled by Tiffany and her crew of four.

They each get different powers: flight, invisibility, shape-shifting, strength; but instead of fighting crime they use them for shopping sprees, avoiding homework, and tormenting kids like Ronald. In fact, it's a much more realistic picture of what most teenagers would probably do if they suddenly had powers.

Lauren, the new girl in town, has been trying to find her place. She's friends with Ronald, but when Tiffany shows interest in her she finds it hard to turn down the prospect of being popular. She ends up getting powers as well, and attempts to use them against the fab foursome, which leads to some pretty interesting results.

Oh, there's also a pair of hapless agents, a science teacher who's not what he appears, and boy troubles. It's a little bit like Buffy meets Heroes. The writing is okay—the biggest problem is how two-dimensional the bad girls are, and the fact that most of the characters are your classic stereotypes. But it's still a fun story for a quick read.

Fed to jonathan's brain | May 20, 2010 | Comments (0)


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