A middle-grade novel. I don't love it as much as the Ryan North Squirrel Girl comic series but it's still pretty charming.
This book is telling the origin story of Squirrel Girl. It's interesting in that instead of there being some sort of terrible tragedy that inspires Doreen Green to become a superhero, it's largely about her a) acknowledging and recognizing the importance of the squirrel side of her squirrel-and-girl identity and b) wanting to help with some of the problems she's seeing in her new town. There does end up being a nemesis and a major fight scene and all, but that feels almost incidental to her journey of becoming Squirrel Girl.
(The nemesis sets up the final battle as an attempt at an origin story for himself, in fact! And it works out for him, even though Squirrel Girl defeats him!)
Also, I was just looking up Squirrel Girl in the marvel wiki, and noticed that in the original origin story in the comics, Doreen was really really wanting to be Iron Man's heroing partner. Which makes one aspect of this book suddenly WAY MORE HILARIOUS: Doreen is interested in basically every other superhero more than Iron Man. And in fact she rebuffs Tony Stark's offers to help her. Amazing.
I like that as in the comics, Doreen is all about talking up how amazing and perfect her female best friend is. Doreen continues to come across kinda gay
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