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2017 Reading Challenge Book 6 – All My Friends are Superheroes

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Back at it with the book reviews today because that is just the kind of person that I am. The kind of person who just reads books, sleeps, eats and tries to improve my ability to do a decent push up (I am getting better…it’s a small thing but it’s happening. I can also now go through a one legged Vinyasa which is kind of a big deal (it’s so not)). Oh and also trying to stop myself from falling down a Netflix documentary rabbit hole. Anyway, I digress.

Today’s book is:

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 6, All My Friends are Superheroes
2017 Reading Challenge, Book 6, All My Friends are Superheroes

This book is short and sweet and I read it (alas not on a Wednesday) over my birthday weekend because I was going to Covent Garden and needed to something to read on the train journey up there that wouldn’t weigh my bag down. It’s 120 pages, so it was perfect for that.

This book also came highly recommended by a few people and for that reason I went in with slightly high expectations, and it’s not that I didn’t enjoy this book, because I did, it just wasn’t as good as I hoped.

The concept is great, I loved all the various superpowers that people were equipped with and the way in which they came into their powers. The recurring theme of things happening on a Wednesday was poignant, especially as the book reached closer to the end when something incredible happened on a day that wasn’t Hump Day. Side note, there was something about always reading the word Wednesday and how it had borderline divine qualities that reminded me of American Gods.

The plot itself is relatively simple and it was well executed as well for the most part, and when I say that I basically mean that the ending was satisfying and felt relatively conclusive to me.

I liked Kaufman’s writing style. It was simple, to the point and yet also felt descriptive. it was the kind of writing style that was easy and quick to read. It seriously flew by. The perspective the story is told from is great. Tom is an interesting character because he has a seemingly external viewpoint on everything, like the reader, and therefore in some ways you can’t help but get invested in his trails and tribulations as he tried to get his wife to remember him.

Even though I felt the ending was good, there was a part of me that felt underwhelmed when I closed the book to the back cover. Maybe it was because I went in with such high hopes because it was son hyped and it just didn’t quite reach those expectations, I don’t know. I can’t quite pinpoint why I felt that way, I just did. Which sounds odd given that I enjoyed the book for the most part, but yeah, it just left me feeling a bit meh…guess that is the problem with expectations and not just going into a book with a totally open mind.

Overall however it was enjoyable enough and definitely worth a read. Plus it’s short so it is perfect if you have a couple of hours to spare.

3/5 stars

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