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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Telegram Books (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846590000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846590009
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,043 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 By Mr. R. N. Lock VINE VOICE on 30 Nov 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Jan 2014
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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. 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."

So I was kind of excited by this. I really like superheroes, I really like a good love story. I guess I had high expectations, and these expectations were not really met.

It isn't badly written by any means, the style is really engaging and I was never really bored, yet I found I got annoyed by the descriptions of the Superheroes themselves. In a well worn theme throughout a character is introduced and their superpower described, and then we never see them again. The problem here really is that most of these superheroes have no real superpower at all and all that Kaufman is really describing is a personality. All The Perfectionist really is is a Type A Personality, there are others such as the Couch Potato which are similarly just descriptions of types of people with nothing really special there at all. Off hand, I can only think of Hypno as a character possessing genuine ability.

The real flaw here ultimately is the fact that this novel took me 30 minutes to read, possibly slightly less, and I kind of felt like : "Is this it?" I was really, really glad that I got it as a Kindle Daily Deal for £1.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Creature34 on 15 Feb 2014
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I really don't understand all the good reviews for this book? Did i read something different? I absolutely hated it!

It wasn't funny, it wasn't endearing and it wasn't entertaining in the slightest. It just annoyed me from beginning to end, which thankfully didn't take long, about an hour! The actual story is only about 80 pages long (108 pages but the story starts on page 7 and there's about 20 blank pages throughout the book, (another thing which annoyed me - it's just not worth paying the same price as a proper novel)

I didn't like the author's writing style, the way the story went off at tangents and the lists of superheroes and their powers that were just thrown in for no apparent reason, as they had no relevance to the story (did he write it when he was fourteen? that would maybe explain it) It was like reading a children's book with a few swear words and sexual references thrown in. The 'superheroes' powers were mainly personality traits or quirks that the author clearly thought were amusing, for example: The Chip - a girl who has a massive chip on her shoulder, this extra weight has caused her to develop superhuman strength however she can't use the strength until the chip is gone, and she can't get rid of the chip without using superhuman strength so she appears no stronger than anyone else.

Very disappointed, the first and last of Mr Kaufman's works i will be reading.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amy Connolly VINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2010
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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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