Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend

Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend

Book - 2012
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A tale imparted from the perspective of long-time imaginary friend, Budo, traces his awareness of his advancing age and constant thought of the inevitable day when eight-year-old Max, an autistic boy, will stop believing in him.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250006219
125000621X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Dic
Characteristics: 314 pages ; 22 cm

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debiheyn
Jan 19, 2016

From the point of view of the "friend" was an excellent way to tell a story that has so many different sides to it! I was not sure about the suggestion to read it but am very glad I did. Took me 2 days, with my schedule, and I am sure it could have been one day if I had it free! I just could not put it down!

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ReneeAnderson
Nov 15, 2015

I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It was suspenseful and intriguing. Different from anything I have read before. Highly recommend.

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scatdiane
Jul 26, 2015

The review of this book, above, from the Guardian lists the author's name as Matthew Green. The reviewer didn't like the book, but didn't even know the author's name?

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GMCF
Dec 04, 2013

One of the best books I've read in a very long time!

0Charlie Nov 27, 2013

I picked up the book because the title intrigued me. I enjoy flights of imagination. I was very pleased that it turned out to be so much more than I had expected. True, it starts out being the actual story of the imaginary friend of an autistic schoolboy. But from there, we get into bullying, a shooting, a kidnapping and discussions of existence. Thought-provoking and exciting. I could hardly wait to continue listening to the work. Highly recommended.

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fchpost2010
Jun 12, 2013

Wonderful book about a child with different feelings and how he deals with the tormenters in his life. Just wonderful.

carrilis Apr 12, 2013

What could've been a great book, was just an average book. I felt the writing was very simplistic, and even though the story was written from the point of view of the imaginary friend, it was still just a little too simple.

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easychair
Mar 04, 2013

This is an important book. It paints an authentic picture of a child who is "a little different"--a child who prefers to be alone, a quiet child who is content within himself, but worries his parents. He has an invisible friend, who helps him to be brave and to take real action when it is vital. This a book teachers and parents should read.

Michael Colford Feb 26, 2013

Matthew Dicks has created something marvelous and original, the story of the life of an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends are limited only by... you guessed it, the imagination. Budo is lucky; he looks and acts like a real little boy. His friend Max, imagined him with a level of detail that most imaginary friends lack. Sometimes it's just ears that they are missing, but other times they are just a hair bow with eyes, so they can't speak, not even to other imaginary friends. Budo is special in other ways as well. He is old for an imaginary friend. Some imaginary friends only live a few minutes or hours. Some last a year or even two. Budo has been alive for five years. And he's smart too. Max imagined him as very smart. It's possible that Budo has been alive for so long because Max is autistic. He has trouble interacting with people; even people he loves like his parents, and his favorite teacher, Mrs. Gosk. Whatever the reason, Budo has learned a great deal and is concerned because he has watched imaginary friends fade away when their human friends stop believing in them. He is afraid of the moment when he fades away as well. But when Max is placed in danger and there is little Budo can do to help him, he learns that there are worse things than fading away. With heart-felt creativity, Dicks tells the story of love and loss, sacrifice and heroism, all through the lens of an imaginary friend. His tale is funny. It is sad. It is suspenseful. It is exciting. It is the story of a life. It is the story of the lessons we learn and the lengths we will go to to help someone we love.

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blolo
Dec 15, 2012

A very unique "voice" narrating this book, and at times I couldn't put it down. unfortunately, towards the end it verged into "fantasy" a bit too much for me, and it took away from the whole thing. I'd still recommend it, and it was good, but with a bit more editing it could have been truly great, imo.

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fchpost2010
Jun 21, 2013

Very very good book
want to read others
Something Missing
Unexpectedly Milo

Michael Colford Feb 26, 2013

Matthew Dicks has created something marvelous and original, the story of the life of an imaginary friend. Imaginary friends are limited only by... you guessed it, the imagination. Budo is lucky; he looks and acts like a real little boy. His friend Max, imagined him with a level of detail that most imaginary friends lack. Sometimes it's just ears that they are missing, but other times they are just a hair bow with eyes, so they can't speak, not even to other imaginary friends. Budo is special in other ways as well. He is old for an imaginary friend. Some imaginary friends only live a few minutes or hours. Some last a year or even two. Budo has been alive for five years. And he's smart too. Max imagined him as very smart. It's possible that Budo has been alive for so long because Max is autistic. He has trouble interacting with people; even people he loves like his parents, and his favorite teacher, Mrs. Gosk. Whatever the reason, Budo has learned a great deal and is concerned because he has watched imaginary friends fade away when their human friends stop believing in them. He is afraid of the moment when he fades away as well. But when Max is placed in danger and there is little Budo can do to help him, he learns that there are worse things than fading away.

With heart-felt creativity, Dicks tells the story of love and loss, sacrifice and heroism, all through the lens of an imaginary friend. His tale is funny. It is sad. It is suspenseful. It is exciting. It is the story of a life. It is the story of the lessons we learn and the lengths we will go to to help someone we love.

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