‘All My Friends Are Superheroes’ by Andrew Kaufman [Book Review]

With only days left of the 2017 Reading Challenge, today I finished reading what I can only presume will be my shortest book of the year: All My Friends Are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman. I bent the rules slightly with the category of #43 A book with a family member term in the title, but given that I believe that friends are the family that we choose, I think that it is permissible.

Title: All My Friends Are Superheroes
Author: Andrew Kaufman
Released: 2003
Pages: 108
Category: #43 A book with a family member term in the title
Rating: 6/10


“Even the Clock, the only superhero who can travel in time, doesn’t think her power is anything special. She’s quick to point out that everyone can travel in time and everybody’s constantly doing it: a real superpower would be the ability not to travel in time.”

This quick and quirky read is set on a flight to Vancouver; heartbroken married couple Tom and The Perfectionist (Perf) have only hours to rebuild their relationship or go their separate ways forever. The catch? Tom is invisible, but only to Perf.

It was an interesting book with a totally unique concept, and I flew through it, but I would’ve liked it to be longer and with more information/questions answered.

Despite its short length, there were some interesting philosophical issues and themes raised in this novel; ultimately it was stating that as everybody is an individual, everybody is a superhero in their own right, which I think is a wonderful allusion.

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