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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friendby Matthew Dicks
Synopses & Reviews
Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination — the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend... real or otherwise.
Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.
Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Aspergers Syndrome, but most just say he's "on the spectrum." None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can't protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him — and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max's happiness or Budo's very existence.
Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds — imaginary, real, child, and adult — Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming... and heartbreaking conclusion.
"Elementary school teacher Dicks's quirky and pleasant newest (after Unexpectedly, Milo) is narrated by Budo, eight-year-old Max Delaney's imaginary friend of five years, who also serves as Max's guardian/confidante and can only 'persist' so long as Max doesn't 'forget' about him. Max's dad, a manager at a Connecticut Burger King, and Max's mom, a manager at Aetna, argue and fret about the introverted Max, a 'late bloomer' and 'special needs' student. The charmingly sophisticated Budo likes Max's teacher, Mrs. Gosk, but he's suspicious of Mrs. Patterson, his paraprofessional. Budo's wariness proves well-founded when the 'little-boy-stealing devil' Mrs. Patterson (who is grief-stricken over the death of her son, Scotty) kidnaps Max. The tenacious Budo finds him in Mrs. Patterson's basement playing with Legos; since Budo can only communicate with Max, he enlists imaginary friends Oswald the Giant and Teeny the fairy to orchestrate Max's release. But while Budo fights to free Max, he also has his own tenuous existence to worry about. A chipper narrative and lively climax make Dicks's newest a fun read and engaging exploration of the vibrant world of a child's imagination. Agent: Taryn Fagerness." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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 didnt 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
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 the author of two previous novels, Something Missing and Unexpectedly Milo. He lives in Newington, Connecticut, with his wife, Elysha, and their daughter, Clara.
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