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Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend

Dicks, Matthew (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 Asperger's 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.
Authors: Dicks, Matthew
Title: Memoirs of an imaginary friend
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 314 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Matthew Dicks
ISBN: 9781250006219
125000621X
9781250024008
1250024005
Branch Call Number: FICTION DICKS 2012
Subject Headings: Imaginary companions Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Imaginary companions
LCCN: 2012028234
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Sep 11, 2014
  • CATLIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hooray for imaginary friends of childhood! This was a heartwarming story about a how Budo (the imaginary friend) protects "his" autistic child. Great read!

Nov 27, 2013
  • 0Charlie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 13, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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

Apr 12, 2013
  • carrilis rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Dec 15, 2012
  • blolo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 09, 2012
  • modestgoddess rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

On the way through, I loved this book. Really enjoyed reading it. Budo, the narrator and imaginary friend of the title, is fantastic. Unfortunately, the unlikeliness of the premise spoiled the book for me. Honestly, I couldn't suspend my disbelief as much as is required. I get that Mrs Patterson was unhinged yet wily; but I couldn't buy that she could afford all the preparations she made, for one thing, or that the ending could happen in the way it did. I just don't buy it. All that being said, the characters (apart from Mrs Patterson) are phenomenal and the book is a very enjoyable read, if you are prepared to cut the plot a LOT of slack.

This is truly a book I could not put down. In parts I laughed and in other parts I cried.

Sep 28, 2012
  • beachcat2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. I couldn't stop reading it - such a different perspective.

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Feb 26, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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