Review: Spandex and the City by Jenny Colgan

Spandex and the CityTitle: Spandex and the City

Author: Jenny Colgan

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Little Brown

The Blurb

‘Could you please . . . possibly . . . possibly forget we ever met?’

I thought of how much I wanted to be a journalist. I thought of what a gigantic scoop this was. I noticed how downcast and miserable he looked.

‘You know,’ I said. ‘None of the pictures on the internet of the people who are supposed to be you are actually you.’

‘I know,’ he said.

‘I mean, Ultimate Man . . . you sound like a bra.’

‘I know,’ he said. ‘All the good names were taken.’


Mild-mannered publicist Holly Phillips is unlucky in love. She’s embarrassed beyond belief when the handsome stranger she meets in a bar turns out to be ‘Ultimate Man’ – a superpowered hero whose rescue attempt finds her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day.

But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.

The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank Clara Diaz of Little Brown for sending me a review copy of Spandex and the City by Jenny Colgan and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour.

Jenny Colgan’s latest book offering is the all out superhero romp Spandex and the City. The story centres on Holly Phillips whose ordinary life is even starting to bore her. Trying to leave the humdrum existence Holly manages to meet local superhero Ultimate Man on a night out and from that point on no one can call her life boring.

Colgan’s approach to the superhero genre is interesting. It is rare (if not never done before) that we see a superhero story through the eyes of the love interest. Colgan manages to stick to traditional character traits for the Superhero but exploring them through a different perspective. Sure, Ultimate Man is all brooding and self sacrificing but think back to all your superhero movies; we never saw things from Lois Lane’s or Mary Jane Watson’s perspective.

Furthermore, in Spandex and the City, Colgan brings us back to her earlier writing. Holly is charming and easy to like. Her self-depreciating nature reminded me of the protagonists in Colgan’s Talking to Addison and Looking for Andrew McCarthy (both excellent books that you should read).

Spandex and the City is an experimental fusion of the Rom Com and Superhero genre and Jenny Colgan has tackled this challenge with gusto. Spandex and the City might not be a book that will save the world but the story might just save you on a boring day. Read it!

Spandex and the City by Jenny Colgan is available now.

For more information regarding Jenny Colgan please visit (@jennycolgan)

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35 Stars

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