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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    Every once in a while, a book that falls outside of my normal re

    Every once in a while, a book that falls outside of my normal reading
    choices will catch my eye - something about the description or perhaps
    the cover. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks was one of
    those books. Did you have an imaginary friend when you were younger?
    Perhaps you still do. Maybe your child does. Max Delaney is eight years
    old and he is 'different' than the other children in his class. Although
    his father denies it, his mother has accepted that Max has Asperger's -
    a form of autism. Max has an imaginary friend named Budo who has been
    around for quite a long time now - five years. That's a long time in the
    world of imaginary friends. But Budo is worried - if Max stops
    believing in Budo, then he will he disappear? But then the unthinkable
    happens - it is Max who disappears - taken by someone who wants Max as
    their own child. And the only person who knows where Max is? Budo. But
    what can he do? He's only a figment of Max's imagination. Or is he.....
    What an utterly unique and captivating book this was! I chose to listen
    to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. and was glad I did. Some books are
    just better in audio format. This was especially true for this book. The
    reader was Matthew Brown and his voice was perfect. Budo is the narrator
    of this story and Brown was able to portray the innocence of Budo in his
    diction and tone, infusing his voice with much emotion and wonder.
    Truly, Budo came alive in Brown's reading. He adapted different voices
    for each of the characters, providing me with a strong mental image of
    every player. I did find the first disc to be a bit slow, as Budo's
    narrative seemed repetitive and overly basic. But, then I thought about
    it and realized that Budo is a product of Max's mind. And Max
    "lives his life mostly inside himself." Upon reflection, the
    account seemed in keeping with the way Max thinks. By the second disc,
    I was hooked. I wanted to know more about Budo, his world and the other
    friends he meets and knows. Max's story takes a bad turn and by then,
    there was no turning back. I was quite upset to have arrived at work
    already. (I listen to books on CD back and forth every day) The whole
    imaginary friend idea really makes you stop and think. Children employ
    them for various reasons and I found the inclusion of an adult imaginary
    friend quite intriguing. Dicks has done a bang up job of creating
    wonderful characters, a heartbreaking and heartwarming tale and spinning
    it into one of the most unique tales I've experienced in a long time.
    Read an excerpt of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. I think you're
    either going to love it or leave it. This reader loved it. It somewhat
    reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    This is a book that I really enjoyed. It was one of those that

    This is a book that I really enjoyed. It was one of those that I could not wait until I had free time to read it. In summary, It is a story told from an Imaginary Friend named Budo. Budo was created by Max and he has lived longer than most imaginary friends. Max has Aspergers. One day max is kidnapped and it is up to Budo to save him.
    The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the language in one chapter was a little rough. He did us gd some in the book. I just felt like the language was not necessary. But other than that it is a great book and I would recommend it to anyone.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    Max is on the autism spectrum (no specific diagnosis is offered

    Max is on the autism spectrum (no specific diagnosis is offered or necessary) and his imaginary friend Budo tells the story in an elementary-school voice but with (inadvertent) adult insight. It is fascinating to learn about the world of imaginary friends, as well as to hear Budo explain Max's perspective on his world. The main dramatic plot is leavened with lots of humor and a number of interesting subplots. The story moves quickly and, once started, you'll be reluctant to put this book down.

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