Book: Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond
Goodreads Summary: Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy’s twin collapses in a part of town she never should’ve been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.
Lois Lane is back in Double Down and is just as stunning as ever. I’m having a hard time making this a coherent review because all I want to do is fangirl.
Lois and SmallvilleGuy are still absolutely adorable, but Lois’ friends are more involved in Double Down, which was great to read. Maddy and James, two of Lois’ friends/fellow staffers at The Scoop, didn’t get much screentime in Fallout, so I was glad they played a much bigger role in the second book. They became realer and as alive as Lois, Devin (another friend/fellow staffer), and SmallvilleGuy were. While Devin, consequently, got less airtime, the importance (and trials) of friendship were still prominent. Lois, of course, is still pretty new to the whole having friends thing, so she and Maddy really grew in Double Down, together and individually. Lois is still learning what being a friend entails and it was great to see her grow.
Double Down‘s plot is really clever, and of course, Lois gets into some harrowing situations. She wouldn’t be Lois if she didn’t. This time, however, she’s dealing with even more spooky science and fearing for her own secret identity on the web as trouble crops up in the message board, Strange Skies, where she first met SmallvilleGuy. It expands Lois’s thinking beyond the trouble in Metropolis and raises the stakes. Every plot twist is beautifully crafted and the pacing is absolutely wonderful. Double Down is a page-turner for sure.
While we don’t see SmallvilleGuy as much in the book, he’s still a huge part of Lois’ life, though he’s mostly present over text. Their relationship grew so much, exploring how they function when trouble hits, like their secret identities (online, at least) being compromised by a third party. But SmallvilleGuy helps Lois learn to lower her guard and open up, letting her know she can rely on other people; in turn, she’s there for him when he needs her. It’s a beautiful, healthy relationship and I can’t wait to see where Gwenda takes them next.
“If awards are more important to us than the truth, we have no business being here.” (page 276, Perry White, editor of The Scoop) As a journalist, it wasn’t hard to relate to Lois feeling apprehensive about talking to her editor or getting excited over a new story. While Lois’s life is certainly more unusual than mine, it’s not hard to connect to her; she struggles like every student journalist does. Besides being a top-notch journalist, Lois Lane is so loveable (SmallvilleGuy certainly thinks so 😉 ).
Rating: 5 stars