Friday, January 25, 2013

memoirs of an imaginary friend

This is the story of Budo. 

Budo is the imaginary friend of a little boy named Max. He popped into existence when Max began believing in him, and he will only live as long as Max imagines him there. But Budo is very lucky—because Max is autistic, he needs Budo more than other children need their imaginary friends. Max is already 4-years-old and he spends most of his time keeping Max company and helping him with the daily tasks that come easily to other kids. The fact that Budo can only interact with and be seen by Max isn't a great detriment until one day, something awful happens. Then, it is up to Budo to save Max.

It's been a long time since I read a story that had me riveted. From the moment Budo becomes suspicious of Max's situation, I was hooked and desperate to know what had happened to Max. And then once I knew, I was desperate to figure out how Budo could possibly help him when he is (to everyone but Max) invisible and mute. Sometimes the writing was repetitive and I'm not a huge fan of the ending, but this was a wonderful book due to sheer imagination and storytelling ability. I was hooked!

TITLE: Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
AUTHOR: Matthew Dicks
DATE FINISHED: 20 January 2013
VERDICT: 4/5 stars. Compelling and full of interesting ideas.

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