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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend Paperback – International Edition, March 1, 2012
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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.
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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. As Budo and friends face seemingly insurmountable obstacles on their journey, Green builds tension and wonder in equal quantitities.
In addition to posing existential questions in a new way, the story is heart-wrenchingly poignant. The narrative is dotted with Budo's incisive observations of human nature. These truths are sometimes sad, often funny, always clever. They stem from an imaginary being viewing human behaviour with objectivity and the infallible logic of a child. As narrators go, Budo is perfect: endearing, lovable, logical, loyal, brave, observant and full of initiative.
If you have a heart, this book will move you to tears. If you open your mind, Green's characters will step into it and fill you with wonder.
A life-changing story. A paradigm shift. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is more than a novel: it's an echo chamber of profound emotions, thoughts and ideas. And perhaps most of all, it's a reminder of the sacred nature of friendship.
Buy it. Read it. Be changed for the better.
-- Debra Hamel
Throughout the novel Max has many conflicts he has to handle. For example, people like Tommy Swinden have no idea what Max goes through everyday, how hard it is for Max to fit in and make friends with other kids. Budo also faces an internal conflict. On the one hand Budo wants to be with Max, but on the other hand he knows that when Max is ready to grow up he may no longer need Budo and therefore Budo will disappear. Ultimately, the main conflict is that Max ends up getting kidnapped by a teacher and he has to make a choice of whether to escape or not. Overall, Max is a very brave boy. He grew out of his imaginary friend, Budo, through conflict and resolution in the story.
One con in this book is that at certain points in this book, the story is repetitive. Sometimes, when an important event is mentioned, it is mentioned again and again with the same level of urgency throughout the following pages. Some of the pros are that there are many different events and conflicts to keep the story going. Also, the author is very descriptive about each event.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It has a very descriptive plot and a very suspenseful ending. You will want to read this book over and over again!
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