My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out with Me

My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out with Me

by Charles Freericks


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ISBN-13: 9781506103181
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/31/2015
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,215,105
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

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My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out With Me 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
L_A_K More than 1 year ago
Humorous and touching, My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool To Hang Out With Me, is a collection of short vignettes describing the innocence and awkwardness of growing up. Although many or the stories are set in Northern New Jersey in the 1970's, the themes presented are truly universal. The writing style is witty and concise, which I believe to be a reflection of the author's background as a playwright and a poet. I highly recommend My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool To Hang Out With Me and, as mentioned before; anyone who's had a childhood should read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the Paramus Post - Whether or not you were a child of Paramus, New Jersey during the 60s and ‘70s, or grew up with a sibling as the only two Christian Scientists in your entire school system, the stories in the new memoir My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out With Me (Aberdeen Bay) will still resonate – like the noggin of a bucktoothed boy upended by the school bully. The first book from Charles Freericks, an L.A.-based playwright and former TV executive who developed primetime programming at CBS, NBC and New Line, My Imaginary Friend Was Too Cool to Hang Out With Me offers up a trove of memories by a gifted storyteller. It’s ultimately a triumph over social incompetence, but along the way there’s a string of suburban experiences – some hilarious, some poignant – by an introvert who “somehow managed to survive to adulthood.” An admitted “slow child” who thought that olives were pickled grapes, who once jimmied the family dishwasher to watch it run with the door open, with disastrous consequences (“The Dishwasher”), who, as a kid from Paramus, thought of Englewood as “the Big City,” Freericks is blessed with a comic genius and an elephantine memory for details decades past: from a compendium of names, places and history, to the year, make, model, design quirks and road accidents of every car his family ever owned. A few highlights... ¿ Tributes to parental insanity like “My Mom Called the Police on Our Cat” and “Just A Little Fart-A-Lena,” in which his dad keeps ripping them in the car, so “My mom turned up the radio to get rid of the smell.” ¿ The hilarious “Making Hand Twinkles,” in which an 11-year-old Freericks, too painfully shy to even talk to girls, sees girl parts for the first time during an unexpected game of doctor ¿ The moving and reflective “Death and Old Cars” as well as “A Car To Nap In,” a full-circle tale of a 1968 Plymouth Valiant, bought by his mother for Freericks and his younger brother to comfortably sleep in, unbuckled in the back, sold twelve years and 226,328 miles later, despite being “held together with baling wire, Bondo and duct tape,” to the grateful friend of their handyman ¿ A moment of shock and its aftermath in “Jews Driving Home from Church” when, after being raised a Christian Scientist – forbidden from seeing a doctor or drinking alcohol, but eventually becoming a very popular designated driver in high school – Freericks suddenly learns that he is Jewish by descent ¿ The sturm und drang of “Nobody Gets Back In,” being personally expelled by the Dean of George Washington University after earning a 1.2 GPA while chasing after a longtime crush.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago