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Book Review: Becoming a Superhero by Oliver Galang

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Becoming a Superhero is the story of Oliver Galang, a young man with childhood a fantasy that spills over into adulthood. He had a colorfully diverse boyhood because his father was in the military which allowed them to travel abroad. Oliver was fortunate enough to have been educated in Portugal and Panama as a young lad. Later, when back in the States, he reminisces about them, which makes him appreciate the beauty of these places.

You would think coming from a loving home, having had a good education and even getting a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management would make Oliver a model citizen. But it doesn’t; he’s still a lonely nerd and still fantasizes about being Batman. He works out and has built up his body but he still cannot achieve the status of a superhero. Try as he might, he just can’t do some of the things that a superhero was supposed to do.

The author’s theory that to think like a criminal you have to act like one, makes him do many wrong things in life. Carousing with hookers, gambling, and acting more like a jerk than a superhero just brought him down. He becomes so depressed that he contemplates suicide. Only after going from psychologist to psychologist is he able to finds one that gives him the answer to his dilemma.

Becoming a Superhero is a fairly easy read and kept my attention to a point. Some of the colorful street language could have been eliminated but that is covered in the warning at the beginning of the book. It is not a general audience book because of the language and some of the things he did, so I would not recommend it to young people. The cover picture is not representative of what I would like to have seen per the title, but the print is quality and the binding is good. I gave it a B on my scale and would tell everyone that it is worth taking a look at.

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