Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy Used
$0.59
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by AMM_Books_
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: In stock ready to dispatch from the UK by air mail.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Paperback – International Edition, March 1, 2012


See all 19 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, International Edition, March 1, 2012
$9.09 $0.59
Multimedia CD
"Please retry"

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751547875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751547870
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,481,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

From no. 1 bestselling author Jodi Picoult: 'A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator, an imaginary friend named Budo, who reminds us that bravery comes in the most unlikely forms. It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision. You've never read a book like this before. As Budo himself might say: Believe me' Jodi Picoult Remarkably fun, has adventure and mystery and unlike anything you'll have read before ... It is undeniably an absorbing story that is more than a little magical Bookbag blog An endearing tale of love, loyalty and the extraordinary power of a child's imagination Glamour This story is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, essentially celebrating the extraordinary power of the mind Image Magazine A captivating novel that you'll want to read in one sitting Bella This debut is a fantastic idea that'll really capture the imagination Star Uplifting..Don't Miss Woman and Home An endearing tale of love, loyalty and the extraordinary power of a child's imagination Glamour This story is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, essentially celebrating the extraordinary power of the mind Image magazine An absorbing, moving story Cosmopolitan Seriously impressive Heat A perfect read for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Holiday magazine Refreshingly different Woman

About the Author

Matthew Green is a schoolteacher with Teacher of the Year credentials to his name. He has one Master's degree and is working on a second. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter, plus a dog and cat.

More About the Author

Matthew Dicks is the author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo and the rock opera The Clowns. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide, and his most recent is an international bestseller. He is also a columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in The Hartford Courant, The Huffington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a public speaker, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach and a Lord of Sealand. He is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Matthew is a 12-time Moth StorySLAM champion and whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. He has also told stories for The American Life, TED, The Story Collider, Literary Death Match, The Mouth and many others. He is the co-founder and producer of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization.

Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie. He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.

Customer Reviews

There are very touching and sweet parts of this story, as well as humor and suspense.
Amazon Customer
It had a short back story to get you caught up and so you feel like you can know the main characters in the book without it being horribly long or boring.
Zak Riggin
I could barely put the book down because I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
Mercedi Carpenter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalManitou on March 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
On every level, this book is worthy of five stars. The story is original, touching and memorable. Budo (the narrator and main character) is a captivating mixture of innocence, childlike wisdom, love, wonder and fear. Matthew Green's characters are so vivid that they remain with the reader after the book is finished. Right from the opening page, the novel engaged my full attention, stirring up emotions that grew stronger as the story progressed. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a masterclass in storytelling.

Budo is the imaginary friend of a nine-year-old boy named Max. Though not explicitly stated, it is implied that Max suffers from some type of autistic-spectrum disorder: we are told that he is 'different'; Max's mother and father argue over whether or not to raise him as 'normal'; Max does not like to be touched; when faced with too many stimuli or choices, he becomes 'stuck', retreating into his inner universe and becoming unreachable for a period; at school, he is bullied because of his unorthodox way of relating to the world. Budo lives in constant fear of disappearing. Imaginary friends, you see, exist only as long as their imaginer believes in them. Having existed for five years, Budo is the oldest imaginary friend he knows. When Max is abducted from school, Budo witnesses the crime and recognises the abductor. He is unable to tell anyone, though, as Max is the only human who can see or hear him. Setting out on a quest to save Max, Budo enlists the help of other imaginary friends. These strange creatures come in an intoxicating array of forms, as imagined by their human creators. Budo's desire to save his friend is driven by two forces: (1) his transcendent love for Max; (2) his fear that Max might stop believing in him, which would lead to his vanishing into nonexistence.
Read more ›
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Catrina Thomas VINE VOICE on August 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I'd give this book more stars if I could - it had me in it's grip right from the very beginning, and I never wanted to put it down. The plot to the story is outstanding and I loved the characters and truly cared about the outcome of the story. The main character is a young boy with autism who has an imaginary friend named Budo and the story is told by Budo in a very light mannered and believable way. I wouldn't doubt that the author took some inspiration from his imaginary friend when he was a young child. While I liked all of the characters, Budo was my favorite. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the world through his eyes. What a tremendous character! So full of heart and depth. Most of the time I pass my books along for others to read, but I think I am going to hang onto this one. It's become a favorite of mine!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gail Rodgers VINE VOICE on July 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
After having both the pleasure and honor to read and review Matthew Dicks first two books, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of his next. I I had some moments of despair when it was published across `the pond' and we in the US had to wait. So I was very excited to yet again be offered the chance to review the advance reading copy of his book Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. Matthew's work just gets better and better and this book is excellent. Perhaps it stands out as even more special to me because I have my own "Max" and got to see the astounding way he grew and learned even if it was with the friendly help from the imaginary friends on "his planet" from which he even gave us daily weather reports. It is obvious that Matthew understands the hearts and souls of those that are special among us. I think that is what makes his books so brilliant. His characters with so many of what are normally called flaws, he brings out the things that make them so strong and special.

There is no point in giving a book report telling what happened in the book as the author has done a very good job of that. Suffice to say the story revolves around, Max is a different type child, with parents that don't really understand him or how to help him, and Max's imaginary friend Budo. Much of the activity takes place at school as well. Budo is Max's voice in this book since Max rarely speaks.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It makes for a terrific read and most especially would help those who would like a greater understanding of an autistic or developmentally delayed child. This book brings into focus so much that this type of child `live on the inside'. The title of this book sounds like this would be a book for children and it is, but it also can hold an adult's interest. I could just see teacher's reading this book to their students just as Mrs. Gosk reads to her students.

Keep up the good work Matthew!!!
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 VINE VOICE on August 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Writing a story from the perspective of a child's imaginary playmate is sheer genius. One has to be brilliant to pull something this extraordinary off and do so with the finesse that Matthew Dicks has done with Budo, the imaginary friend of 8-year-old Max. Budo is not like other imaginary playmates and Max is very different from most of his peers. Max has Asperger's Syndrome, the spectrum partner to autism.

Budo is a runaway train. He literally has his own mind, personality and insights. He describes what makes him different from other imaginary friends, whom he knows. He was created by Max when Max was 4. He had a distinct human shape and human features. He lasted way longer than Max' peers' imaginary friends. He describes how he was created in full detail whereas other imaginary playmates were amorphous blobs; mutant dinosaurs with weird features and a myriad of other weird characters. Budo will tell readers himself that imaginary playmates are reflective of the personality and needs of the children who create them. However, another distinguishing feature Budo has is that he is an Inner Self Helper, a term often applied to people who suffer from DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder. Not that DID applies here, but Budo IS Max' Inner Self Helper and often guides Max into making decisions, even if it is seemingly simple such as choosing what color popsicle he wants to eat and the variables that go along with that. Budo also helps Max navigate tricky social territory and even has his preference of the teachers in Max' life.

Budo is very clever and resourceful. He knows where other Imaginary Friends congregate and he as well as other Imaginary Friends are able to see and communicate with each other.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?