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

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Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen by Richard RobertsPlease Don't Tell My Parents I've Got Henchmen by Richard Roberts
Series: Please Don't Tell My Parents #3
Published by Tantor Audio on August 23, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

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.

There’s something so amazing about listening to a story that’s not filled with the usual drama I find in my other reads, or the drama is a lite version of what I’m used to. Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen was all of this; so refreshing.

The main character, Penny, was such a hoot. Between her inner dialogue and antics I just loved her character. Emily Woo Zeller does all the characters almost perfectly, except the males, but she especially does Penny’s really well. Having never read the actual books of this series I have nothing to compare the way Zeller does Penny’s voice to, but if I were to ever read the books myself I don’t think I would able to put any other voice to her character.

The humor in Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen literally had me laughing while listening. I never knew that I would love a superhero/villain-like stories, but Richard Roberts is really making a believer out of me.

Zeller did an amazing job on the voices and just the general narration of Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen, but the issue I had was the annoying way she did the male voices. While I still got a good laugh at their actions and parts in the story, Zeller’s interpretation of how they sounded was off to me. Maybe this was how the males in the story were supposed to sound but I think dual narration would’ve worked best in this case.

Seriously, if you’re looking for amazing, safe stories for your middle schooler, or you’re just looking for something on the light and hilarious side Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’ve Got Henchmen, heck the whole series, is a must.

  • Okay, I don’t normally read books with characters that young anymore, but this sounds so good!