Sam Holloway has lived through one of the worst experiences in life: losing his family. But his life is quiet and meticulous, and not really living. With one exception: he is a superhero. To escape the reality of his life, he dons a costume and ventures into the night to help those in need. He feels invincible, but his acts of heroism don’t always go according to plan. Then, he meets Sarah and his safe life begins to shatter around him. Is he brave enough to take off the mask and learn to love again?
The story is quite sweet, but overshadowed by unlikable characters and an unromantic love story. I didn’t feel any connection to Sam which made it difficult to be fully engaged with the story. I also didn’t like Sarah at all. She came across as selfish and uncaring, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she was stringing both Sam and Francis along and I actually didn’t really want them to end up together. Considering that this is supposed to be a romance, that didn’t work for me.
The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway is a story of grief, friendship, and learning to let go. It sounds heavy but is actually quite light and fun in many ways. However, this kind of story has been told before, and told better. For a similar but truly excellent (as opposed to distinctly average) reading experience, I would much sooner recommend Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine over this.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.