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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel (edition 2012)

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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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 |
Really lovely book. I had not anticipated such sweetness and such suspense. A wonderful look at life and death and what makes life worth living. Touching look at our imaginary friends. I wonder if Tema and Cola know that I remember them. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
What a great Read! A quick book, very interesting view from the imaginary friends perspective! I absolutely loved this book! Sweet, funny, full of suspense, sad, touching and heart warming. Good Read! ( )
  booklovers2 | Feb 8, 2014 |
I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend listening to it on audio if at all possible--the narration was great! The story is told by Budo, the imaginary friend of eight-year-old Max. Budo has a surprising preoccupation with his own mortality, as he's lived a lot longer than most imaginary friends he's met and has watched some of his closest friends disappear once their children no longer need them. Max's Asperger's Syndrome has led him to continue to rely on Budo for years, but Max's parents and teachers are constantly pushing Max to engage more with the "real" world, and this makes Budo very nervous. He absolutely loves Max and wants the best for him, but is terrified by the prospect of "poofing" out of existence and being forgotten. When Max is placed in extreme jeopardy and seems to need Budo more than ever, Budo faces some VERY tough choices about what to do. The book is incredibly imaginative and Budo's world is peopled with a wide range of memorable friends, both imaginary and real. And it's a tearjerker...I think I cried throughout the entire final hour of the audiobook! ( )
  mrlzbth | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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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