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By Mike Albo Virginia Heffernan | Comments: ( 892 ) | Date: ( May 25, 2020 )

Successful, gorgeous, and beloved by everyone you know, the Underminer remembers your every foolish ambition and humiliating mistake and never fails to remind you The Underminer makes you feel suicidal But the Underminer is your friend Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan do us all a public service by capturing the elusive evils of an age old archetype To understand andSuccessful, gorgeous, and beloved by everyone you know, the Underminer remembers your every foolish ambition and humiliating mistake and never fails to remind you The Underminer makes you feel suicidal But the Underminer is your friend Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan do us all a public service by capturing the elusive evils of an age old archetype To understand and resist your toxic friend, you need The Underminer.


  • Title: The Underminer: The Best Friend Who Casually Destroys Your Life
  • Author: Mike Albo Virginia Heffernan
  • ISBN: 9781596910898
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback

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  • Shannon

    Holy crap, this book is hilarious. Just, wow. This book is just a bunch of monologues of this horrible, horrible person talking to her "friend". That's a bad description. In the little rewviews for this book, the Chicago Sun-Times described the underminer as "The kind of person who maanges to express that she cares about you in a way that makes you want to kill yourself"Example:"Ugh but actually more seriously I should tell you that I got stuck having to defend you to a group of people all night [...]


  • Natasha O'rourke

    This book is hilarious and a super quick read, like one day at the beach quick. It's basically an homage to passive agressiveness and fakeness among women. I guarantee you will see someone you know in this book.


  • Phil

    "en I turned in that green form so I could graduate. You know, the green form. You didn't turn it IN? No, not the blue form. The green form. They gave it to us at freshman orientation. You lost it? Sorry. I mean, that really sucks. But it was kind of a big deal. I don't know if they'll, like, let you graduate. I can't believe you didn't turn it in. But I mean, whatever, there's always August graduation"


  • Rozanne

    This is the perfect book to read while perched on a sand dune, half paying attention to the book and half being mesmerized by the Pacific Ocean.It's not great literature, but it's pretty funny satire.


  • Lindsay Robertson

    I've read this book like five times. It's always hilarious.


  • Blair

    It wasn't that funny at all. My friend who gave it to me fucked the author, so I was suspicious of its content. I related a little bit to the friend in the story which depressed me greatly.


  • Kim

    hilariously sad. we've all had an undermining friend who says horrible things to us disguised as compliments : "you have a normal body, people get too hung up on thinness, you're more like an average American", or helping : "you should really try yoga, it really helped to center me when I was going through a hard time and a little exercise wouldn't hurt, wink wink." The kind of kindness that makes you want to punch someone in the face. I really wish thay had been the end of the story, the protag [...]


  • Izlinda

    I was looking up humor/satire books online and this one was recommended to me. The public library had it, so I borrowed it.It's not written like a self-help book. It's more like a conversation you would have with this best friend, the underminer, except the author only writes down what they say, not you. (But it's easy to fill in the blanks.) The part of the blurb that says "To understand and resist your toxic friend, you need The Underminer" is a bit false because it doesn't give you tips on ho [...]


  • Paul

    Good God. I had fairly low expectations for this, but I expected it to be light, not terrible. I don't know that I've ever read, and I hope I never do read, a more flat character. This Underminer is crushingly boring; she's just a straight-up bitch. I don't know why anyone would want to spend an entire novel listening to her go on about how wonderful her life is and how shitty the unnamed (and unspeaking) protagonist's (I guess?) is. There are no surprises here (except for the epilogue, which is [...]


  • Pembroke Sinclair

    What a great and distressing story. The entire story is told in first person from the perspective of the underminer. You get snipits of the other characters' life from what the underminer says, but you never get to read their thoughts or see how they are feeling. I really liked how it worked.I could only read the story in chunks. The underminer is so vile, but in a very subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) way. Mike did a great job of creating her. Mike also did a great job of making you wonder [...]


  • Bonnie

    Funny it was and funny it wasn't. This book is co-written by a stand-up comedian, and he did definitely make me laugh (or if I were a cryer, I might have even cried) through some of the absurd dialogue that is the guts of this book. It has a clever style of writing--complete one-sided conversations with your friend, the underminer, doing ALL of the talking. Some of us at a time in our lives, or perhaps some of us, way too much in our lives, have a friend, or a so-called friend, who undermines mu [...]


  • Kevin

    Have you ever had that one friend who, despite always putting on their best face to you, just seems to be slowly tearing you apart from the inside out? Then this book is for you. No, this is not a self-help book or an advice piece on how to deal with it. Instead, it is a narrative of one person and their encounters with their own personal “underminer” throughout a 16-year period. Each chapter is an individual encounter with this person and every word of text is the spoken word of the undermi [...]


  • Diane Ramirez

    I found the cover of this book quite misleading -- I thought it was one of the business self-help books about misplaced cheese or moving from better to best based on the green green background and the diablito putting his arm around the obvious protagonist (I even began thinking, who in my office would fit into the "underminer" description?). But my assumption couldn't be further from the truth. This was actually a pretty funny and maddening book about a couple of dudes that keep running into ea [...]


  • Edward O'Neill

    This is a very fine entry in the all-too-small category of superb short comic novels. It's written in the second person by the person--guy, gal, it's never spelled out, it works either way--who is constantly doing better than you, constantly patronizing you, constantly stealing your ideas, your ambitions, your soul. How rare it is that we can acknowledge resentment and envy in our culture. Oh, sure, we obsess endlessly on stars and their flaws, but if this star is too thin or that one's gained w [...]


  • Jeb

    The Underminer is a series of fictional monologues from the point of view of that inevitable friend of yours who greets you with comments like, "Do you still like your new haircut?" and thereby, as the subtitle states, "Casually Destroys Your Life." It was featured recently on NPR, and my husband and I thought the concept was hilarious, so we bought it. It skates the line of humorous and painful throughout, leaving you wondering which of your friends, if not you yourself, best fall into this cat [...]


  • Mythili

    Full disclosure: I didn't read all of this. In fact, I almost didn't read any of it. As much as I enjoy the writings of Wahoo New Yorkers Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan, when this book came out, I thought the premise -- the entire book is a passive aggressive monologue of an intimate frenemy who lingers for decades -- was gimmicky (and possibly totally annoying), so I steered clear. An extra copy was sitting around the office earlier this week, though, so I gave it a whirl. Zooming through the [...]


  • Megano!

    I have to say, I was hoping there would be a positive or comedic note lurking somewhere in this book. However, I was disappointed the best friend who casually destroys your life was just too depressing, It killed the satire. And just made the underminer seem cruel and the protagonist seem pathetic. I first heard about this book from a review on NPR and was in stitches, as the author read excerpts aloud, and I was really hoping to have a similar experience. It was funny at first but just became f [...]


  • Reese

    This book had two or three laugh-out-loud moments, but overall it was just irritating and depressing. I know that was sort of the point, to portray a character that makes our protagonist feel that way, but I feel like all this book did was annoy and depress me, which I only have time for if it's also really really good in some other way that makes it all worth it. This one wasn't quite worth it. At least it was a quick, easy read, and now I'm looking forward to something more stimulating.


  • Patrick Tobin

    There are a few bits that are biting and funny, but overall I got tired of the Underminer. Maybe it was because of U's unbelievably successful life -- once you realize U's life is going to be so amazing (and it happens early, when he's going to write for the Simpsons), the humor wasn't as sharp. The most envy and bile inducing "friends" are those just ahead of you, whose successes could realistically be yours but aren't.


  • Elisha Condie

    Underminers! I've always hated the people who pretend to be your friend and yet subtly jab at you, so you never know where you stand. This entertaining book was reviewed on Diane Ream's show, and so I read it. It is very funny, written in chapters of conversations, only you only hear the underminer side ("Wow! You look sick! Are you okay?")d while it is maddening, it is still funny. Some of it may sound familiar though, I'm warning you. . . .


  • Kate

    I liked the idea of this book because we've all known someone like this in our lives (the reason I gave it 1 star), but I didn't care for the book at all. It sounded like it would be amusing, but there was no follow through. It was becoming a chore to read, and it's SHORT! Maybe it was the way it was presented - one long monologue of an undermining "friend." I think it would have been more interesting if there had been more than one person speaking throughout the book.


  • Jennifer Griffith

    I laughed, I cringed, I almost cried for the object of the underminer's affection/dissection/rejection. The author(s) absolutely nail that personality type, one I think everyone has encountered at some point along the way. The toxic friend. The one who forces us to compare ourselves with him/her and makes us feel small just by being alive. It's so painful, but hard to look away, like a wreck. Fun, in a skin-crawling way.


  • Charlie

    A strong start with viciously funny scenarios and dialogue, but starts to wear thin by about the third chapter. The author has too much fun with the pop culture touchstones of the nineties and this is what ultimately deflates the running narrative. If this book were any more than a half-inch I would have set it aside.


  • Alexis

    Great idea--and pretty well executed, but inevitably hard to maintain for the whole duration. Mostly because there is no way in hell I would tollerate a person like this in real life--and they were speaking to me in the second person perspective and I couldn't talk back. I wanted to very badly, but I couldn't.


  • Tara

    Sadly, I think most people have had that one friend whose life mission seems to be to tear others down. Told only through the words of the Underminer friend, you are left to fill in the other side of the story with your own responses (both verbal and emotional). At moments funny and at others heartbreaking, it echos life experiences in a real way.


  • Tami Lynn Andrew

    I have been wanting to read this book for several years and finally saw it at my new (AND TOTALLY AWESOME) main library. It kind of made me want to kill myself. But I guess that's the point, right? The writing was extremely effective in telling the story, but the narrator was miserable in order to make that happen so it's a bit of a catch 22.


  • Annette Tang

    It was funny for a while but I soon became frustrated. Why would you hang around someone so horrible? But the writers are funny and I hope to finish it one day, maybe it gets better as you go along?


  • Matt

    The book is hilarious -- many laugh-out-loud lines and a very quick read. Definitely recommended if you want to relive 1990-2004 with an awful, stunningly successful, incredibly cutting underminer as your companion


  • Adrien

    I read this a long time ago, and lent it out to some one, now I can't remember who.But it was hilarious in a laugh out loud, a lot, way.Mr Albo's writing style is much like his monologue performance style. Great. Funny, nuanced characters.Super short and fast read.


  • dontfeed thetiki

    The text is actually the Underminer speaking, plus a souvenir here and there. No matter what the silent object of the monologue does, she's mocked, upstaged, and yes, undermined. Having had a few of these people in my life myself, I thought it was delightful.


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