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Imaginary Friend by [Stephen Chbosky]
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"If you aren't blown away by the first fifty pages of Imaginary Friend, you need to get your sense of wonder checked."Joe Hill, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and NOS4A2

"Chbosky's horror writing stands on its own...a gleeful meditation...the nine years Chbosky reportedly spent writing the book shows in his well-crafted scares, snappy pacing and finely tuned plot. Imaginary Friend is well worth the time for those who dare."TIME magazine

One of the Best Books of Fall 2019 as chosen by People, EW, LitHub, Vox, Bustle, Good Housekeeping, Pop Sugar, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Associated Press, and more

"A creepy horror yarn that would do Stephen King proud...The reader will want to be sure that no one is hiding behind the chair...That's the nature of a good scary story---and this one is excellent. A pleasing book for those who like to scare themselves silly, one to read with the lights on and the door bolted."Kirkus

"Imaginary Friend is a sprawling epic horror novel that hearkens back to the classics of the 1970s Golden Age, but, like Stranger Things, with a twinkle in its malevolent eye. Enormous, scary fun."Dan Chaon, bestselling author of Ill Will

"If you grew up reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you won't want to miss this spooky, surreal thriller...You'll feel locked in the battle between good and evil as Kate and Christopher fight for their lives."Good Housekeeping

"""A haunting and thrilling novel pulsing with the radical empathy that makes Chbosky's work so special."""John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

"""Reminiscent of the epic novels of Stephen King...With multiple points of view that probe the thoughts and nightmares of characters from all over town, this is an immersive read that walks the line between dark fantasy and horror [and] reads like a season of Stranger Things ... [Imaginary Friend] will sell itself to readers who have waited twenty years for a new novel from Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 1999), but horror fans will also be curious. A big, scary book."""Booklist

"Like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Imaginary Friend says that no matter how dark the places you have been or the things you have seen, no one and nothing and nowhere is beyond redemption. What is astonishing and laugh-out-loud genius is that Chbosky has disguised all this wisdom in an entertaining thriller. In true Stephen Chbosky style, he gives you the bran and the doughnut. Spiritual enlightenment and horror. I don't know how he did it. But he did it. It's a masterpiece."Emma Watson, actor and activist

"An unputdownable, extraordinary book. Stephen Chbosky manages to combine the heart and emotion that suffuses all of his work with Stephen King chills. The pages practically turn themselves."Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Wife Between Us and An Anonymous Girl

"Sure, this unputdownable book is the scariest thing I've read in a long time. Mysterious woods. Evil forces. Unseen worlds. But it's also, like everything Chbosky does, imbued with heart and soul. You'll fall in love with these characters. That's why they stay with you, like a haunting."R. J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder

"Imaginary Friend has been a long time coming. And like a fine Bordeaux, it rewards that wait in countless ways. This is a fearsome, remarkably ambitious novel that breaks through the boundaries of the horror genre to become epic--in all the best senses of the word."Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Verses for the Dead and City of Endless Night

"Imaginary Friend is a simply extraordinary reading experience--it reminded me of discovering a classic Stephen King novel from two decades ago, but all funneled through Chbosky's utterly unique style. A tremendous read, every bit worth the wait."Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of A Dark Matter

"Perhaps its most impressive aspect is the confidence with which Chbosky deploys the more fantastical elements of his complex narrative, using the baroque, hallucinatory imagery of horror fiction to tell a very human story with universal implications...Weighing in at over 700 pages, Imaginary Friend is an all-out, not-for-the-fainthearted horror novel, one of the most effective and ambitious of recent years...a page-turning meditation on human suffering whose spiritual dimension does not become fully apparent until the entire story has been told. Imaginary Friend may have been a long time coming, but the time was well spent. This is an absorbing, original and genuinely surprising novel."Washington Post

"With Imaginary Friend, Stephen Chbosky has written another classic, setting a new high watermark for fantasy horror. It is the greatest story ever told of love and salvation in which a little child shall save them. It is as spine-tingling sinister as any Stephen King tome, as ghastly as any ghost story by Peter Straub, as gothic as any Neil Gaiman title. It should become a horror perennial, taken out at Halloween and Christmas or any other time a reader wants a proper fight."Washington Independent

"Chbosky brings deep humanity to his characters and creates genuinely unsettling tableaux, including a nightmarish otherworld that Christopher accesses via his treehouse.""""Publishers Weekly"

"You won't want to miss this spooky, surreal thriller.""""Good Housekeeping"

"The author of Perks of Being a Wallflower goes full Stephen King in his new supernatural thriller of epic proportions....This is my kind of Christmas novel!""""LitHub"

"This is an immersive read...With its highly precocious young hero, the novel reads like a season of Stranger Things.""""Booklist"

About the Author

Stephen Chbosky is the author of the multi-million-copy bestselling debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his novel, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. He also directed the acclaimed 2017 film Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Imaginary Friend is Chbosky's long-awaited second novel. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Publication date : October 1, 2019
  • File size : 1467 KB
  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (October 1, 2019)
  • ASIN : B07PKRX7YH
  • Print length : 721 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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