Review – All my friends are superheroes by Andrew Kaufman.
I have recently started the 50 book challenge because I wanted to encourage myself to read more – it’s something I really love and find beneficial – but another reason was my desire to expand my reading interest. Like a lot of areas of my life I have a tendency to get a little bit stuck, I know what I like and buy what I like by the bucket load, so challenging this can be well challenging. So when I finished the Divergent series earlier in the month I decided to seek recommendations from twitter.
It was suggested by Amy Rachel Reads – a blogger that I like chatting to and a blogger who’s blog I really love (way to over use the word blog Kay)- suggested that I try “All my friends are superheroe’s”. I immediately googled the novel because the title itself left me intrigued and what I found assured me it would be a good choice, so I immediately reserved me a copy in Waterstones. It sounded a tad weird, kooky and yet the reviews were extremely positive and in all honesty it’s not the type of book that I would usually opt for, so in summary it was exactly what I was after.
All Tom’s friends really are superheroes.
There’s the Ear, the Spooner, the Impossible Man. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, the Perfectionist was hypnotized (by ex-boyfriend Hypno, of course) 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 make Vancouver perfect and leave all the heartbreak in Toronto. With no idea Tom’s beside her, she boards an airplane in Toronto. Tom has until the wheels touch the ground in Vancouver to convince her he’s visible, or he loses her forever.
All my friends are superheros was written by Canadian film director and radio producer Andrew Kaufman and is a romantic short story. This is probably one of the weirdest, shortest and strangest stories that I have ever read and yet despite that I absolutely, completely and utterly loved it. It’s a light hearted, well written little story and after one chapter it has you completely gripped, pulled in to the whacky and wonderful world. If you are someone that likes bubblegum romance, then this probably isn’t for you but I would suggest it for anyone looking for something a bit more artistic.
After reading and quickly becoming bored of the Divergent series, All my friends are superheroes was exactly what I needed to rewake my literary bug. Despite it’s likeable ridiculousness and the artistic layers that clearly coat it, there are some amazingly apt and observant quotes about 21st century life. There are some comments and charters that are almost thought-provoking and more than once I found myself pandering a particular sentence. This is something that I love to find in my novels.
I really loved this little book and I will definitely be reading more from this author in the future, I already have my eye on a few other bits that he has written. I’m also interested in the fact that Kaufman seems to have a fascination with Aberystyth, a town that is very, very close to my heart (even if it isn’t close to anywhere else, joke for my Aber comrades there). He has previously written a short film called Aberistiwith which is quite clearly a phonetic pronunciation of the Welsh town and in his other short story, The Waterproof bible, he has created a character called Aberystwyth!
So if I learnt anything from this story it was that a – I like books that I never imagined I would like and b – it is ok to name my future child after my university town.
But to finish All my friends are superheroes is a gorgeous, quick read, romantic short story and I would really recommend this as the perfect book for on the plane or on the beach. It’s very pretty and a new fave!
Have you read it?