Monday, December 1, 2014

Review: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks




Title: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
  Author: Matthew Dicks
  Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
  Page Count: 336
Genre: Contemporary 
Age Range: 12+
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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 he has Asperger’s, but most just say he’s “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally 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, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max—and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or his own existence. Matthew Dicks' Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a triumph of courage and imagination that touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.
 
My Thoughts:
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was a surprise to me. I was expecting a cute little book about a young imaginary friend who loves his human friend. I was not expecting some sort of action/ thriller. It was so exciting and suspenseful! I was so nervous towards the end of it that I was ripping the pages to find out what happened to Max.

So, the book started off with the Budo telling the readers about his friend, Max who is on the verse of autism. Max is in elementary school and Budo is his imaginary friend. He understands Max and will do anything for him. When Max gets kidnapped by one of his teachers, Max has to decide if he will put his life on hold to find Max and save him. Budo has to use other imaginary friends and his resources to find Max.

I loved Budo. He was sweet and cared about Max. He understood him so deeply like any friend would, but his whole life depended on Max. Max was an interesting character as well. He had a very organized, rule oriented life. In the beginning of the novel, he relied on Budo, his teachers and parents. Towards the end, he could depend on himself and get himself out of stressful situations.

Lets just talk about Ms. Patterson. She was crazy. Like "lets check her into a mental institution" crazy. I mean, who just kidnaps a kid from school then goes BACK and pretends she is innocent? a CRAZY person. Jeez, and then when she goes to the airport where she keeps her van to take Max across the country? Ugh, crazy person.

Anyway, I thought the writing was interesting as well. Matthew Dicks makes Budo sound like a little kid with an air of wisdom. It was interesting to read something so serious through the eyes of a young narrator. I thought it was strange since I am so used to reading books with teenage narrators but it was surprisingly refreshing.

Overall, I thought that Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was exciting and thrilling with a great moral. I was reading so fast that I could not stop. The writing was just as exciting and interesting as the plot.
So good!
 
My Rating: ****
Cover Rating: Eh
Recommendations:
1. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
2. A Grown- Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson
3. Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff
Now on to your thoughts, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

2 comments:

  1. I am so intrigued by this book, I'm going to have to pick it up! Thank you for reviewing it :) x

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  2. I hope you enjoy it! It was great!

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