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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel Paperback – May 7, 2013
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“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, New York Times bestselling author of Sing You Home
“Wholly original and completely unputdownable. MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND is a captivating story told in a voice so clever and honest I didn't want it to end. The arresting voice of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME with the emotional power of ROOM and the whimsy of DROP DEAD FRED, but in a class of its own.” ―Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters
“An incredibly captivating novel about the wonder of youth and the importance of friendship, whether real or imagined. Delightfully compelling reading.” ―Booklist
“[A] fun read and engaging exploration of the vibrant world of a child's imagination.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Quirky and heartwarming” ―Kirkus
“Funny, poignant . . . Budo's world is as realistic as he is imaginary. We would all be lucky to have Budo at our sides. Reading his memoir is the next best thing.” ―Library Journal
About the Author
MATTHEW DICKS is a writer and elementary school teacher. His articles have been published in the Hartford Courant and he has been a featured author at the Books on the Nightstand retreat. He is also a Moth storyteller and a two-time StorySLAM champion. Dicks is the author of two previous novels, Something Missing and Unexpectedly Milo. He lives in Newington, Connecticut, with his wife, Elysha, and their children, Clara and Charlie.
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-- 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!
This book completely changed that for me. I saw it about a year and a half to 2 years ago at a little bookstore in New Zealand. I have been obsessed with finding it ever since. The reading is so smooth that I was excited to read it and I caught myself narrating my own life sometimes after I finished the chapter.
This book kept me on edge the entire read. 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. It reminded me of my youth back when I had my Imaginary friend "Boss". This book had me in tears as I was reading it. I like to read a lot of Steven King books or Dean Koontz books (All of which have fairly predictable endings in my opinion) this one did not. I kept wondering how the Author was going to possibly end this book in a way that would keep me happy and also not be the warm fuzzies of they all lived happily ever after (Once you get to know Budo, the main character, you understand some of his fears and feelings. Read the book you'll understand.)
I have nothing but positive things to say about this book. It was inventive, it was original, it had a FABULOUS ending. If you're sitting there debating whether or not to buy this book, don't think, just do. You'll love it you'll be glad you read it and I hope you cry too so then I don't feel so foolish about it.