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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend (edition 2013)

by Matthew Dicks

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Title:Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Authors:Matthew Dicks
Info:Thorndike Press (2013), Edition: Lrg, Hardcover, 620 pages
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Tags:autism, friend, friendship, kidnapping

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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

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Most of the complaints that I have seen about this book is that the writing is childish. The concept of the story is that it is told from the point of view of a child's imaginary friend, who admits that he really can know about as much as the child knows. His "childish" behavior is completely appropriate for this type of story and I absolutely loved it.

The main character in this book is the imaginary friend of a child with autism. The imaginary friend is the one who tells the story and it is a touching one, but also has moments of suspense and drama that really keep you reading at the end, not in a heart-pounding way, but in an emotional way.

As an educator, I found myself wishing that this message could be delivered to a younger audience because the way it is written (minus the adult situations and occasional swearing) is very conducive to helping younger children understand a peer with autism.

I had a hard copy of this book and I left it on a cruise ship for others to discover because I felt it should be discovered by many. The audio version was expertly performed I didn't want to stop listening, just as I didn't want the story itself to end. ( )
  mirrani | Jul 10, 2015 |
Author Matthew Dicks tells this story in an unusual way - from the point of view of a five-old-year. But this is not your typical five-year-old child. Budo was born out of the imagination of eight-year-old Max. Max has some problems dealing with people. He may have Asperger's, but maybe not. But there is definitely something not quite right, and so Budo is always there to help him get through the day. As long as Max believes in him, that is. But then something terrible happens, and even Budo with all his strange power cannot fix everything. Or maybe he can, with a little help from some other imaginary beings. This tale of selflessness and true giving in relationships that go beyond the norm is a work of art. Though devils are all around us, so are heroes, even when we can't see them. A marvelous story, masterfully written, thought-provoking, heartwarming, sad yet hopeful. ( )
  Maydacat | Jun 30, 2015 |
Readers of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend slot it into the following categories: Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary, Young Adult, Adult, Adult Fiction, and Magical Realism. The uncertainty of what this book is might be one of the reasons why I struggled to love this book, its narrator, its plot, and its characters. I questioned several times whether I was truly the intended audience for this book. With that said, I read the book quickly. As I finished, though, I imagined that the only folks I would likely recommend this book to would be middle school readers or parents looking for a book to read to their elementary school child. When I discovered that the author was, in fact, a fifth grade teacher, it made perfect sense to me. Although I know many adults have read this book, even as part of a book club, the book is written (intentionally) in short, choppy sentences from the unique view point of an imaginary friend of a third grader. Kudos to Matthew Dicks for the creation of the creative narrator! But the straddling between reality and fantasy was a tough sell for me - I would have been a much happier reader if Oswald had not intervened in the plot line. I wanted to see just Budo and Max figure this problem out by themselves. In the end, this book left me in the middle of the road. ( )
  kellifrobinson | Mar 8, 2015 |
This book had a cute premise but I really couldn't tolerate the writing.

The idea of the book was the story of an imaginary friend that an autistic child has created to be his companion and help him in situations that upset him.

Cute concept, but the writing was too, too…childish. ( )
  cyderry | Jan 31, 2015 |
I have no memory of it unfortunately, but according to my mom I definitely had a clear cut imaginary friend when I was younger. There’s no way of knowing if he was a simple kind, the kind you’d see in Fosters for Imaginary Friends or maybe like the Family Circus. I am sure he was nothing like Budo in Matthew Dick‘s absolutely fascinating and captivating “memoirs of an imaginary friend” though.

If I had to guess at my imaginary friend I’d assume he was just as human as Budo though, probably taller than me and more athletic, someone to discuss cartoons with in the morning, because ya know… who wants to talk to themselves? Still I am sure he was nothing like Budo, but whose to know. There is a chance that Matthew Dicks has delved into something we’ll never be able to prove with this novel. Maybe they aren’t as imaginary as we think… maybe they just live in a different realm.

While Budo is the voice and perspective of “memoirs”, he is not the lead character , that would be Max, a very special boy, whose actual diagnosis is never completely disclosed. He shows signs of autism, and possibly Asperger’s. I am not fully aware of either disease. I have a friend who is a very low spectrum of the autistic bend and my father used to work with special needs children, but my own real experience is minimal other than having an immense respect for any child or adult who doesn’t let it stop them achieving a regular life full of work, love, fun and friends.

We know Max doesn’t like to be touched, he doesn’t like people or at least most people, he is very stringent in his ways and he has trouble expressing emotions. When he faces something new or different he gets stuck, like an empty wall. I saw it in my mind sort of like Tommy staring at a pinball machine, the entire world shut out and focus almost seems non-existent and in Max’s case, it being actually completely non focus. He’s very smart when it comes to traditional learning, likes to read, playing with toys, military strategy, building things with LEGOs and of all things pop culture, Star Wars.

As Budo describes both his own life as an Imaginary friend who instead Imaginary as one would think and Max’s difficult life with his parents, teachers, school bullies and more the book grows and turns in very unexpected ways. We meet the teachers, fellow students, other imaginary friends and some of the local residents, all through Budo’s very interesting and eye opening viewpoint.

There are plot twists later into the book that take what was seeming like it a sweet and simple, but written with depth story about caring, love, understanding and growing up into a tense, suspenseful, adventure thriller. That may seem like a huge leap but in context it all comes together brilliantly and in the end you feel like you’ve truly walked away with a higher understanding of growing up as a whole. Dicks also doesn’t leave one hanging on certain conceptual threads, they aren’t clear cut final thesis into the reality (per se) of imagination, death, afterlife and more, but boy does he try and I commend him for it.

I must say I truly like the original ARC cover then the one used in the UK where the book is credited to Matthew Green or the final American cover. That is why it’s the image I chose for this review.

“memoirs of an imaginary friend” came out in the U.S. In August 2012, this review was based on a complimentary Advanced Reader’s Edition. ( )
  ReidHC | Jan 29, 2015 |
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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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