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by Matthew Dicks

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Title:Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel
Authors:Matthew Dicks
Info:St. Martin's Press (2012), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

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I think the danger in using a child (or childish) narrator can be that the narration can be childish. That's what I felt happened here. I listened to this as an audiobook and I think that added to the childishness of it. Parts of it felt repetitive and the sentences felt short and broken. On the other hand, it was a suspensful plot and I did love the imagination of the whole imaginary friend world. It also was sort of cool that the story took place in my hometown...which I didn't know until they started listing restaurants I'm familiar with. Apparently the author lives there. ( )
  carebear10712 | Dec 31, 2014 |
In the voice of an eight-year-old, this novel tells the story of the in-existence-for-five- years Budo, the imaginary friend of Max, an autistic first-grade child. At the opening of the book, Budo clearly explains the differences in Max from a "normal" child, but shows such a loving understanding in doing so that it made me want to jump into the story to also befriend Max. Max is an only child whose parents tend to differ in how best to handle him. Max's idol is one of his teachers, Mrs. Gosk.

When Max suddenly disappears from school, no one knows what to do except Budo, who is determined to figure out what happened to Max. Budo's adventure is so imaginative that it becomes a quest to right a wrong.

Due to the simple narrative, I consider this a young adult book rather than an adult novel, but the story is so endearing, I recommend it for all ages. . ( )
  SqueakyChu | Nov 3, 2014 |
A beautiful, original story about the power of friendship. I adored this book. Sweet but not sappy, funny but not witty, clever but not too clever, Dicks hits all the right notes. The idea that there's a whole parallel world inhabited by imaginary friends is worth the price of admission all on its own. And there is so much more here. The boy, Max, who is on the Autism Spectrum, is portrayed with skill and love. Even when this story made me sad, and it did, it was a happy sad. You get that, right? ( )
  SonjaYoerg | Oct 1, 2014 |
This was such an unusual and creative premise for a story, unlike anything I've seen in ages. It is written in the voice of the imaginary friend of a young autistic boy. Dicks is an elementary school teacher himself, which, I believe, lends an measure of authenticity and understanding to his insights into the characters. But more than that, he manages to create believable dialogue and characters who are honest and innocent in ways that are at once surprising and credible. Humour, empathy and suspense carry this story throughout and in the end, the reader really cares about what happens. ( )
  jessibud2 | Sep 18, 2014 |
Certainly a unique protagonist we have here in Budo, the imaginary friend of young Max, a child who otherwise has no friends. Teachers will especially appreciate the uncanny depictions of the inner workings of an elementary school and everyone will be at the edge of their seats when the action picks up mid-way through the book. You'll be rooting for Budo (and Max) every step of the way. ( )
  Mad.River.Librarian | Apr 23, 2014 |
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Here is what I know: My name is Budo.
But you have to be the bravest person in the world to go out every day, being yourself when no one likes who you are.
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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.

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