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Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller | Book Review

July 27, 2020
Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller | Book Review

Good morning, bookpups๐Ÿพ We’re back with another fantastic book review! The book is fantastic, probably not the review ๐Ÿคฃ If you’re looking for a book that will give you #allthefeels and make you ugly cry, look no further than Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller!

QOTD: What was the last book to make you ugly cry?

Crystal and I buddy read this book for a tour back in 2018 and, sad as it sounds, I think it was the last one to really make me ugly cry. What’s even worse is that I ugly cried in the middle of the night on the floor in my living room, trying desperately to be quiet because everyone else in my house was asleep. Yea, it was that bad (or good?).

Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller | Book Review

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๐ŸพMany thanks to the author, J.S. Puller, and RockStar Book Tours for my complimentary copy. This in no way influenced my review.๐Ÿพ

First, a disclaimer: this book will result in an extremely ugly cry.

I think this was probably one of the best books I read in 2018. The characters, the plot, the message underneath the story. It was one of those books that we both loved so much! The biggest plus, of course, was Jane’s transformation. I’ve never seen a character arc take such a great turn! She went from this little shy mouse who did everything possible to blend into the shadows to Janey! – Captain Superlative’s trusty sidekick ๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ

You already know by now that I judge books by their covers … shamelessly. This one is GORGEOUS. Unique, colorful, and full of all the vibrant life that surrounds Captain Superlative.

The characters were ALL loveable.

We both loved each of the characters, even Dagmar the bully. She certainly gave gingers everywhere a bad name but we were pleased to see that she had her own backstory. The relationship between the bully and the bullied went very deep in this book, showing that these things aren’t only skin deep. And then, again, there’s Janey. In the beginning, I don’t think either of us expected anything from her. But, as the story went on, she not only stood up for herself, but for others too!

And the Captain! Her story was the saddest, yet most beautiful of all ๐Ÿ’”

Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller | Book Review

Ugly cry ending (no spoilers).

The beginning of this book takes place at the end, so it’s fairly easy to guess what happens. But then you’re thrown back to when the entire Captain Superlative way of life started and you forget. You’re frustrated, then happy, and then sad. It goes back and forth. Then, just when you think this book can’t tear your heart to pieces anymore, there comes the ugly cry. You thought I forgot, didn’t you? Oh, and it’s not just any ugly cry … this is the ugliest, most heart-wrenching cry ever.

This book reminds us that the hate spreads when we ignore the bullying. That, and people tend to strike out at others when they are hurting.

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  • Reply Whispering Stories July 28, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    Sounds great, though I’m not sure I want a book that will make me ugly cry ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf July 28, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    I haven’t heard of this one before. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and I love your tattoos.

  • Reply DJ Sakata July 28, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Your posts are a work of art!

  • Reply Finitha Jose July 29, 2020 at 2:50 am

    New one to me. Thanks for sharing Megan. Loved your insta pics

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 29, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      If you enjoy middle grade, it’s definitely one to pick up ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed it because of the messages it puts across to readers. And thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoy the pictures! We’ve been practicing quite a bit LOL.

  • Reply Bewitched Reader July 29, 2020 at 8:22 am

    A book that can make me ugly cry is an automatic 5-Stars! Great post!

  • Reply Shelleen Toland July 29, 2020 at 9:09 am

    Sounds good.

  • Reply Bianca July 29, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Great post!

  • Reply vidya June 29, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    this sounds like something I will adore… thanks so much for the intro to the book (not sure how I have not seen it before)..
    and I need to work on my book review by genre/age list for my blog as well..
    Like DJ, agree that your posts are a work of art

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