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All My Friends Are Superheroes

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  11,262 ratings  ·  1,381 reviews
"One of the saddest, funniest, strangest, and most romantic books. . . . Brilliant!"--The Bookseller (UK)

All Tom's friends really are superheroes. Tom even married a superhero, the Perfectionist. But at their wedding, Perf is hypnotized by her ex-boyfriend, Hypno, to believe Tom is invisible. Nothing he does can make her see him. Six months later, the Perfectionist is sure
Paperback, 151 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Coach House Books (first published October 19th 2003)
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Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in a few hours on a train trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. The whimsy, the humour, the constant metaphor! I was a little unsure what I was walking into, but that ended up being fun. It's a story about a woman who has been hypnotized into thinking that her husband is invisible the night of their wedding. After a few months of not seeing her husband she gets on a plane to abandon the relationship, but she doesn't know that he has been beside her this entire time and has this last plane ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“What would make this perfect?”

I read the description for this book and was instantly captivated by the premise of the magical blending in with the everyday:

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
Tom is just a regular guy, though all his friends are not. They are SUPERHEROES with SUPER POWERS! True, their powers may be somewhat odd. There's The Businessman who can calculate the net worth of passersby, The Couch Surfer, a man imbued with the ability to live off of his friends' generosity, and Tom's new bride, The Perfectionist, whose source of power is her need for order.

Alas, their love story goes pear shaped on their wedding day when a suggestion made by one of Perf's old beaus, Hypno
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Hooked by the Title and Cover
3 ½ stars. It'll make you smile. The perfect mental gargle after a few heavy novels, creative and just plain fun. Fantasy with a judicious touch of magical realism, everyone in it's a superhero (except for the main character) but they’re subtle about it, we're not talking a bunch of flamboyant cape wearers. Instead each person’s strongest characteristic is what defines their super-power, bet you’ll find yourself wondering what yours would be...
It can be silly, so prepare for a few eye rolling
Barry Pierce
This is such a nice, short fairytale. Nothing more. You can read it in less than a half hour. Makes you feel happy and full of awe at Kaufman's wonderful story writing ability. ...more
Jan 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure where to start. Well, let's start from the cover: "Buy it, borrow it, steal it but just make sure you read it". Dear Mr. Scott Pack (whoever you are), if I ended up in jail for stealing this book I would be really, REALLY pissed off. I think the author wanted to be all deep and profound, trying to convey a message camouflaged under a weird story (is there a story? I just saw a collection of episodes and descriptions). Well, if there was a message, I thought it was VERY, VERY well camouf ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit
This book is totally adorable. It's not going to change your life, it's not Earth-shattering prose, it's just plain unadulterated pleasure to read.

I wish I could've finished it in one sitting but it's difficult to finish 107 pages on the bus journey to work. But then again if I had finished it without pause I wouldn't have known what it was like to put it down and feel the need to pick it up again.

There's not much I can tell you without spoiling it BUT it is a wonderful love story AND the superh
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfectly sweet little book. I read it in less than an hour, which I love.

It has something of the romantic comedy about it, and something delightfully quirky that I have come to associate with Canadian creations - although admittedly I am mostly thinking of Scott Pilgrim here. A little off-centre, a little tongue-in-cheek, it's kind of like one perfect slice of cake: not too big, not too small, leaves you feeling all warm and gooey inside without feeling overindulged.

The little vignettes of t
Wiebke (1book1review)
This was a very fast but cute read. The story is so imaginative. I liked the things that made people into superheroes and the way that affected their lives. And the story about Tom and The Perfectionist is just so cute. I couldn't put it down!

Reread this February 2016 and just loved it like the first time. Go read it, if you haven't yet!
lucky little cat
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Recommended to lucky little cat by: Melki of course!
Brief, relentlessly ironic, mordantly funny, and true. Kaufman's Everyman hero Tom is the one mere mortal in his lively circle of friends.

Eh, my heroes have always been Schoolhouse Rocky and Zero. And Willie Nelson.

Therefore, Tom is also the outsider-storyteller sharing his insights with us, mostly about twenty-something life and romance. He describes well-known local characters such as the Spooner, who's unerringly attracted to anyone who needs overnight emotional support; Tom's old commit
Max Urai
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
The title of this book is "All my friends are Superheroes."

Congratulations, you have now read the one good thing this book has to offer.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, coach-house
Nearly twenty years ago I remember I spent awhile making up a story in my head about people with super powers. It was around 2000, and I was probably influenced by some of the X-Men anti-mutant problems they were always involved with. It was about people who were treated like feared and treated like garbage by normal people because they had superpowers, but their superpowers were mundane and boring, like a guy who could warm up a cup of coffee with his hands, but they didn't generate enough heat ...more
MJ Nicholls
There are better ways to pass the time than reading 100 pages of saccharine whimsy. This book is so cute I want to punch its face in.
Portal in the Pages
Well I am late for work and might have cried.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So one of my wife's friends recommended this book to me because she knows I love to read and we both read The Martian, so now, apparently we are book buddies. She likes anything Chick-Lit or Rom-Commie, (people who know me, know those are not my preferred genres), so I had more than a smidge of apprehension about actually reading this one. Honestly, I was intrigued by the cover and liked the title, so decided to give it a shot. Glad I did. It was really a very good story and after an initial "Uh ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever little book and a very quick read (it's actually only 88 pages, since there are a lot of blank pages and it starts on page 7!). Had the Goldsmiths Prize (given to innovation in the novel form) been around back in 2004, it would have been a shoe-in to at least be nominated, if not indeed win. Basically a modern day fable on the difficulties in fitting in and finding true love, I think anyone can relate to at least parts of it. ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you’re ever nostalgic for bedtime stories, the ones that made you float to another world that was both sweet and sad but made you smile all the same, than this is the book for you. Reading this book felt like spending time with some of the best books of my childhood, but then the adult version.

The story is about Tom, a regular non-superhero, who married a superhero (‘The Perfectionist’). On their wedding day however, a mean ex-lover of hers who has the power of Hypnotization made sure that he
Lucia Abreu
Such a creative take on superheroes. I loved their powers. The story is so adorable :) the perfect cure for a reading hangover. Loved it ❤️
Elly (imaginemorebooks)
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

Over the years I have heard nothing but praise for this book from Carrie Hope Fletcher. Ever since I have been aching to pick it up. For Christmas last year I was given the book and couldn't be more excited. Flash forward to BookTubeAThon and I finally pick it up.

First off, I really enjoyed the simplicity of the world and the magic that comes with it, but honestly, I couldn't stop thinking of Carrie! So far I have read two of her books and I couldn't help but see the similarities bet
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
An interesting concept wasn't properly used, that's how this book felt. There were information all over the places, which weren't relevant at all. Main story was tiny and rest of things felt like filler. Some places read nice, and if this was made a short story with only the main part then I would have rated it 4 stars at least.

Either way, I guess this was not my cup of tea. Romance lovers can try this out if they may.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Kaufman’s quirky take on romance and superheroes left me with a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart and a stupid grin on my face. I loved the extensive roster of peculiar superheroes, I loved how in Kaufman’s Toronto there are no super villains just misunderstandings gone awry and I especially loved how in just 106 pages, Kaufman fleshes out for, a relationship in its entirety and a whimsical world where hearts break quite literally and anxiety monsters that will claw your face off ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, love, fiction
A deeply charming story of a man invisible to his superhero wife, the perfectionist. In around a 100 pages Andrew Kaufman takes the wonderful idea of everyday features taken to superhero heights through a simple love story.

The central conceit is that people have a single trait or characteristic, to paraphrase the author, that can be boiled down to a super hero name. As an aside the book also points out that the superheroes in some cases have a hard time coming to terms with their ability citing
Rebecca (whymermaids)
What a wonderful, beautiful, heartbreakingly romantic little book.

I don’t want to say too much about this book, because knowing too much about it ahead of time would ruin a first time reading. What I will say is this book is simple and quick (120 pages) and something everyone should read.

In it’s essence, it’s a love story; a perfect, wonderful little love story told in a unique way, which also praises individuality and personality quirks and fighting to hold on to those things which are real.

Jun 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, favourites
This book was a sweet surprise. I picked it up by chance at a yard sale knowing nothing about it. I started it before bed and when I forgot to take it to work with me the next day, all I could think about was when I could go home to finish it. Completely charming.

EDIT: I have lent this book to three people since I've read it, and all loved it. Even those who are not prolific readers devoured it quickly and joyfully.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
As much as I appreciated the concept and delightful way Kaufman executes it, the story failed to warm my heart the way I expected it to. Plenty of quirk, but overall I was rather bored by the narrative and didn't find it entirely cohesive. (2.5) ...more
Chelsea Moreen
An interesting little book, although it’s around 100 pages you definitely get a good feel for the characters and this world of superheroes. Very pleasant but in other ways I’m left unsatisfied for sure.
Cori Reed
2.5 Stars
Craig Wallwork
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second book by Kaufman in the past three days. To say I’m bingeing on this guy is an understatement. Rarely do I do this. I can count the amount of authors on three fingers that had me want to read their whole back catalogue consecutively, and Kaufman is without exception one of those authors. All My Friends Are Superheroes is perfect in its eccentricity. It tells the story of Tom, and his wife, The Perfectionist. The Perfectionist can’t see Tom. He is invisible to her, and has been s ...more
I absolutely loved the ideas in this book. The superheroes and their powers were fantastic and I loved how unique and strange they all were. I liked what the powers represented and I thought there were some lovely messages in here. The story is short and sweet and full of wonderfully strange moments which makes it definitely worth the read. Something about it didn't quite grab me the way it seems to have got to others, though. I really can't place my finger on what it is. Part of me thinks that ...more
Jan 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Despite what it says in the blurb on the back of the book, this is pretty far from being what anyone might call a "novel." But as a lengthy short story, it's pretty charming.

To be honest, though, a lot of it felt like a compilation of quirky ideas that would have benefited from a little fleshing out. The paragraph-long descriptions of superheroes, for example, would have been more interesting as actual characters with whom the protagonist was forced to interact, rather than merely a clever reapp
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ANDREW KAUFMAN's critically acclaimed first book, All My Friends Are Superheroes, was a cult hit and has been translated into six languages. Kaufman is also an accomplished screenwriter, film-maker and radio producer and has completed a Director's Residency at the Canadian Film Centre. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their two children. ...more

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