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All My Friends are Superheroes [Paperback]

Andrew Kaufman
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Book Description

2 Feb 2006
All Tom's friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding the Perfectionist is hypnotized by her ex, Hypno, to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, the Perfectionist is sure that Tom has abandoned her, so she's moving to Vancouver. She'll use her superpowers to leave all the heartbreak behind. With no idea that Tom's beside her, she boards the plane. Tom has, until they touch down, to convince her he's there, or he loses her forever.

This book is a wonderful, heartbreakingly funny tribute to love, sweet love.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846590000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846590009
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A work of adorable genius. Buy it, borrow it, steal it but just make sure you read it. I am willing to bet it will be your surprise read of the year. I read it on the train home the day I received it and spent the whole evening smiling. '(****) --Scott Pack meandmybigmouth.com

'This is an adorable book: neat, sweet, petite. Your loved one will love you even more for buying it for them. Toby Litt

'Somebody should write Mr Kaufman and thank him for his tender heart ... I expect this story will replace boxes of chocolates and flowers in courting rituals to come.'Sheila Heti

'An addictive, brisk, wonderfully inventive and funny piece of work.'Dogmatika

'... may technically be called a love story, but if it is, it is one that is blissfully cliche free. More please.'Pulp.net

'Simply brilliant. A real gem of a book ... this ode to love was built to last.' -- Ham and High

'This is an adorable book: neat, sweet, petite. Your loved one will love you even more for buying it for them. Toby Litt 'Somebody should write Mr Kaufman and thank him for his tender heart ... I expect this story will replace boxes of chocolates and flowers in courting rituals to come.' Sheila Heti 'An addictive, brisk, wonderfully inventive and funny piece of work.' Dogmatika '... may technically be called a love story, but if it is, it is one that is blissfully cliche free. More please.' Pulp.net 'Simply brilliant. A real gem of a book ... this ode to love was built to last.' Ham & High 'A deliciously barbed commentary on our ongoing epidemic of physical and emotional multi-tasking and all its neurotic spinoffs.' The Globe and Mail --Reviews

About the Author

Andrew Kaufman was born in the town of Wingham Ontario, Canada, the birthplace of Alice Munro, making him the second best writer from a town of three thousand. He is also a film-maker, radio producer and a regular contributor to the McSweeney s website. His second novel, The Waterproof Bible, was published by Telegram in 2010.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky read 30 Nov 2010
By Mr. R. N. Lock VINE VOICE
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This book is quirky and made me smile on a number of occasions. It's a short book that is original and different and is entertaining throughout. Whilst reading I started to think about people I know and for fun starting making up what their superhero names could be from their personality. Lovely read that will bring a smile on most faces, great book cover picture - that always makes me smile too.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what you'd call normal 26 Oct 2010
By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE
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I can say how sweet and charming and witty and lovable this story is, but i'd just be repeating what everyone else has said.

So i'll try to say what the book is like, because I had no idea what I was buying except that it was "the cutest, sweetest, romantic little book ever".

It's not what you'd call a normal novel. Or even a novel really, at 108 pages. But it's a 108 pages of gold. Others have pointed out its failings but I think everything that's in it, everything about the way it's written, is exactly the way it should be. It's a quirky story with a odd way of telling it. It's sweet and crazy and the writing is adorable and all over the place. You just jump on and enjoy the ride.
It's not like other longer novels where there's beginning, middle and ending, or character development or major plot devices. And yet you come to know the story (even though it's told so disjointedly) inside out, the characters build up in your mind until you want to meet them, and the twist at the end has you cheering.

The story is about Tom, who's regular, and all his friends are Superheroes. But they're not like the superheroes we know. I don't want to give too much away and spoil the magic of reading about these characters for yourself, but to name a few to give an idea: the Perfectionist, Hypno, the Clock, the Broken Heart, and many more. Truly original idea.

I'd recommend it to anyone, but remember, go into it with a light heart and open mind. If you're looking for a wordy, complicated, full length novel to read for hours then you're in the wrong place. But for a bit of lovable fun that can be read in under an hour try this. You won't regret it.
If you like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you'll like this.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, witty and very sweet 7 Jun 2009
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I bought this book as I heard it recommended on the radio and I am very pleased that I did.

It is a very sweet book without being sickly and even though all the characters are superheroes you relate well to all of them. The story of Tom and his wife the Perfectionist is very touching and is broken up with witty mini-stories about other superheroes.

I read it in one sitting and found that as soon as I finished I wanted to read it again. I would lend the book to my friends but I just can't bear to be parted with it. I would like more books from the author as soon as possible!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet and forgettable 2 Dec 2011
Format:Paperback
I like books that can be finished in 4-5 sittings. This one was just 1 sitting on the tube ride home, so scored highly in that respect. I liked its quirky sense of humour. Superheroes who are not really superheroes, but what I would consider as geeks of our generation.

But that more or less sums up everything positive about it. I was slightly disappointed because even though I finished it one setting, there was no aftertaste. It felt like reading a good magazine article or even a story written by a quirky college student on a lazy sunday afternoon, without too much depth in it.

So, if you are looking for light reading, this may interest you. But I like to read books that I can remember long after completion and may be even discuss with friends, but this book did neither.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book 7 Dec 2011
By JH17061
Format:Paperback
Bought this book on a whim, thought it sounded quite interesting and with the mixed reviews I was a little unsure but tried it anyway. SO GLAD I did. Was trying to write an essay at the time and kept making excuses to take a break and read another chapter; I ended up stopping completely and reading the whole book. It really is a sweet book with an interesting plot to it, which is what I ultimately wanted as I've been getting really bored with the typical romance and chick lit novel. Really would recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet idea but..... 15 Sep 2011
By Bluejun
Format:Paperback
Just a little too adorable for my tastes. Disappointed. I was really looking forward to a good quirky read and it just didn't quite make the grade.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting ideas 26 April 2014
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I bought this based on the title, which sounded interesting. And there were some interesting ideas in the story, along with a few good situations and brief character sketches. However, even at its very short length it seemed over-extended. It'd make a brilliant short story, but for me was too stretched as a short novel / novella.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Sweet 25 Mar 2014
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This is one of my favourite books of all time. It's short, sweet, but packed with layers of sentiment which transcend the page. Far from ephemeral - this book will stick with you long after the last page. And make you want to tell your SO you love them, "just because".
Full of giggles and a surprising amount of feels. 5/5
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, clever and delightful
I really enjoyed this short read. The writing style is maybe a little weird in that it straddles the metaphorical and the literal. Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. Miles
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, don't waste your time or money.
I really don't understand all the good reviews for this book? Did i read something different? I absolutely hated it! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Creature34
2.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but unsatisfactory
First and foremost All Of My Friends Are Superheroes is a really great idea, the Amazon synopsis reads thus :

"All Tom's friends really are superheroes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. A. Davison
5.0 out of 5 stars For superheroes everywhere
A short book, but nonetheless worthwhile. We are all superheroes in some ways. A moving and heartwarming story of friendship, love and belief.
Published 9 months ago by KG Mad
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Excellent read, quirky and original, wonderfully written. Couldn't put it down, read it in one sitting. Will be buying more of his work! received order quickly.
Published 10 months ago by Addie Marten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I first bought this on a whim as I browsed through various bookstores and I wasn't disappointed. It's a charming short story which - if I remember rightly - brought me at least... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Y. I. Asif
1.0 out of 5 stars All My Friends are Stereotypes
Cute, funny, adorable, lovely, wonderful, quirky, short, sweet, nice, little ... these are all the usual adjectives you will find used in positive reviews of this book and you will... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Matticus
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
An excellent little find. It's a short read and perfect in its sweet simplicity. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Published 18 months ago by Burning Amnesia
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This book is utterly charming. A very quick read that leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling. I have since read The Waterproof Bible and Andrew Kaufman is now a favourite author... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ashleigh
3.0 out of 5 stars very imaginative but hollow novel
This is perhaps the strangest book I have ever read and the most surreal. Tom has become invisible to his wife, a superhero the perfectionist, and is desperately trying to make her... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Robert Marsland
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