Friday, March 26, 2010

Book Review: All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

The blurb of this delightful book reads:

All Tom's friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotised to believe that Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, she's sure that Tom has abandoned her. So she's moving to Vancouver. She'll use her superpower to leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With no idea Tom's beside her, she boards an airplane. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he's there, or he loses her forever.

I found this book in Waterstones when I was in the UK a couple of years ago (how I miss that shop!) and instantly fell in love with the title. I had no money at that point so remembered the title and hunted for it upon my return to Australia. I couldn't find it anywhere, but convinced it was going to be a great book, I bought it from Amazon. It was an excellent decision. This is a very short book, only 106 pages long, a really easy read. The story moves from Tom's current predicament with his wife, to little snippets of his life prior to the wedding and introducing other superheroes, friends of Tom, throughout.

I found this book just adorable. It is no great work of literature and doesn't try to be. However it is very well written, quirky and engaging. This book portrays life's difficulties of love and friendship in a beautifully non-complicated and funny manner, but retains a 'message' if you will, that life isn't always easy. There is an abundance of laughter and magic in this book and I enjoyed every minute of it.

This book is also perfect as a gift for the person who has everything. It is non-specific in genre, there is humour and happiness and I defy you not to enjoy it!! I haven't seen it on Australian shelves which is disappointing, however it is available through both the US and UK Amazon websites.

Please let me know if you have read or reviewed this book, I would love to hear what you thought!


Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

The premise of this book sounds so fun! I like the idea that Tom marries a woman called the Perfectionist, it makes me laugh.

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