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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
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Jun 25, 12

bookshelves: first-reads
Read from June 23 to 24, 2012

Budo is the imaginary friend of the third grader Max Delaney, yet he is more than imaginary. Budo is a different kind of real who lives between worlds. He has the child-like innocence of his imaginer, but is more put-together and mature at the same time. Budo comes across as what Max might be like if he lived less "on the inside" as it is described and was more like everyone else. The narration by the imaginary friend gives the story a simplicity and limits how much extra information is given.

The book begins with the premise seeming to be the story of the adventures of a boy and his imaginary friend. The story starts as the tale of how the imaginer becomes less dependent on the imagined and the imaginary comes to terms with his own mortality as it were, knowing that one day he will no longer be relied upon. While this is that story, it becomes much more. Despite the bright and colourful cover, this tale takes a dark turn, and it is up to Budo, the only one who knows the truth to figure out how to save the day when unable to connect with the physical world.

Having received a copy through Goodreads First Reads, I was captivated from the moment I took the book out of the envelope. However, there was the occasional jolt out of the story with a few minor typos and printing errors, such as Max's father's name changing part way through the story. I'm willing to chalk that up to being an advanced reader's edition and not a final copy.
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