Overemotional follows teenage Stephen as he deals with emotions that manifest as powers, often in a way he can’t quite control. When things with Stephen’s powers take a tragic turn, he flees to the bleak town of Grunsby-on-Sea.
Dealing with themes of self-discovery and fear of being outed as gay in an interesting way, the mystery that meanders throughout the story provides many twists and turns, some relatively predictable, while others don’t always turn out in the way that’s completely expected.
The author succeeds fairly well in balancing some very acute dark themes with the easy banter of his characters, with some witty turns of phrase. The characters, aren’t quite as angsty as you’d expect under the circumstances and while they are quirky in a familiar way, remain charming with lots of heart, maintaining connections to one another in a way that makes them feel real. Fans of Stranger Things may find this book particularly enjoyable with some similarities in how the organisation DEMA operates, but for the most part this is entertaining. The one downside to this book was the over-emphasising of the millennial and Gen Z generational divide, but thankfully this does lessen over the course of the book.
While there are some similar stories to Overemotional, the intended audience should find this to be more than a great first book for Fenne as he evolves as a writer.