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Damage

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  660 ratings  ·  104 reviews
There was a time when I prayed for Rachel to be real--it ended the night she tried to kill me. When Dani was eight, she fell from a building. No one believed her claim that she was pushed by Rachel, her imaginary friend. It took years of therapy to convince Dani that Rachel was a product of her own mind.Now fifteen, Dani wants to make it as a dancer. But a deadly freak acc ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 8th 2011 by Flux (first published January 1st 2011)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars? 2 stars? I don't know.

There were some great things about this book:

* the concept
* some fun action sequences
* a scary imaginary friend named Rachel
* the unexpected depth of the scenes with her stepmother
* an intriguing ending

some ho-hum things:

* okay-but-not-spectacular hero and heroine
* instalove
* muddled, predictable FBI shenanigans
* not a whole lot of depth or intricacy to the plot or characters

and some bordering-on-distasteful things:

* some violence later in the book (view spoiler
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Mir
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, ya
Fun, fast-paced, action-heavy YA adventure. I think this would be classed as soft sci-fi, rather than, as I expected from the blurb, fantasy.

Early on I was afraid that the plot device with the imaginary friend might irk me by not making any sense, but in fact it did get explained in a way that was not only adequate for plot purposes but fairly original. I would have liked to have more development of how the (view spoiler)
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Sep 8th.

Sounds good. Although, i'll have to put aside the fact that the homicidal manic shares my name. Just my luck, lol!
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Damage by Anya Parrish has such a cool premise - two teenagers that had homicidal imaginary friends as children suddenly come together and realize the nightmare isn't over yet. Unfortunately - the awesomeness of the plot far exceeded the characterization, leaving me feeling mostly disappointed.

I will say first that this book was definitely creepy. Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid? What would you do if it suddenly turned up and tried to throw you off a building or breathe fire at you? To
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Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was first drawn to this book by its cover. It has the pretty-creepy factor going on, and a really chilling synopsis that demanded me to read it. I ended up pre-ordering this book way in advance, that’s how good it sounds! The story is told from two point of views that alter between chapters, from the two main characters Dani and Jesse. Dani and Jesse have been tormented by their imaginary friends as a child, and were told by their elders that what they experience is all in their head. As both ...more
Donna
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I was excited for DAMAGE because I was looking forward to a good YA horror read. It sounds like one, right? Except it ended up traveling down a really weird path that I didn't really see coming at all. And it was weird to the point that at times it bordered on being just downright silly. And it's a weird in a kooky but not endearing kind of way either. There were a few too many elements thrown in that really mucked it up, is what I think I'm trying to say.

I did like the two characters, Dani and
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Jack Shanks
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
The concept of a childhood imaginary friend being villainous and murderous was very attention grabbing, and I was excited to read this after borrowing it from the library. However, the novel itself did not do the plot justice.
While the concept of this book is exciting, thrilling and sounds completely awesome - I think my expectations were WAY too high for what the author produced, unfortunately.

From the beginning of the novel, the two protagonists bonded way too quickly, and established trust an
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Isa Lavinia
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
The only reason this book isn't getting 5 stars is because I find the explanation to what was going on to be scientifically weak. I'm not an endocrinologist but really, the book would have been better if the resolution had been a bit vaguer so we scientists wouldn't be able to nitpick.

Other than that I have absolutely nothing to point out, excellent pacing, characters, plot, everything was great.
I've read reviews complaining about the insta-love and they held me back from reading this book for
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Fathima
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely a must read !!! Damage tells the story of Dani , who is tormented by her ' imaginery friend ' Rachel ... Sounds good , well its a hell like experience for her .
This book is such a thrill ride coz the whole book just talks about events unfolding on one single day . No tomorow , no day after !! Just one day .. And its all too much to handle . What i really loved about this book was that this book talks about a very delicate subject from science point of view .. Loved the w
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Krystle
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted a scary book, I didn’t get it. Mostly because the characters didn’t spice it up for me and the monster Jess has really makes me snicker when it’s finally unveiled.

There’s a whole lot of escaping and running away bits and the writing isn’t the most beautiful, it’s on the rough and simplistic side so I wasn’t really into the story. Until the ending. Can you say holy crap? Crazy plot twists I never saw coming and a whole bunch of what the fuck is going on moments that’ll make you sit up wh
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Vivian
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
It was non-stop action but the plot wasn't very thick and there wasn't much character development.
Molly
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I’ve always found the idea of imaginary friends to be quite creepy (even if I did pretend to have them when I was younger). The premise of this book kept me engrossed, as I haven’t really read anything like it. I liked both of the main characters, Dani and Jesse. I felt like I could relate to Dani a little, with how awkward and insecure she is with the idea of any type of intimacy with other people. The only thing is that the ending felt a bit rushed and incomplete to me. I feel like it was a cl ...more
Kristin Santos
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Damage is a good book, but the only issue I have with it is it's inconsistent flow. There's slow moments, but then suddenly BAM, it hits you with hard and fast things that make you a little confused. There's no emotional connection to the characters because of this. The premise is promising, but it could have been executed better.
Gapeach
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
It was ok, kept me interested. Characters had insta love and no real depth. I liked the imaginary friend concept.
Elusive
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review
In ‘Damage’, Dani can still remember being hospitalized when she was eight years old as that was when she met her imaginary friend, Rachel. She stopped wishing for Rachel to become real when Rachel almost killed her. Now fifteen, Dani’s ordinary day soon turns into something tragic and life-threatening when she almost dies in an accident which triggers the reappearance of Rachel. Together with mysterious bad boy Jesse, they know they must figure out what's going on before it’s too late.

The fears
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Hylary Locsin
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog: http://libraryladyhylary.blogspot.com ! Check it out for more reviews!

No one believed Dani when she said that her imaginary friend, Rachel, pushed her off the roof of the hospital when she was eight-years-old. Dani used to enjoy spending time with Rachel during the months she spent at St. Baptist’s getting treatment for her diabetes. One night, however, Rachel turned sinister and, when Dani survived the fall from the roof, made it her mission to kill Dani by any mea
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Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-wishlist
LALAINE'S FICBOOKREVIEWS
Omg! I knew this was gonna be a thrilling book even before I read it. Okay fine, the cover had given me a little bit of encouraging, but the synopsis was so good so I had to anyway.

I LOVED IT! LOVED IT LOVED IT! And if I ever find a book I should gush about, gush I must!

What would you do if you can see something that no one can? That something can hurt you or worse, kill you..

The plot deals with these two teenagers- Dani and Jesse had practically lived in the hospital at
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Rhianna
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Homicidal Imaginary Friends? Yes please!

Alright so here's the deal... I can't offer my own special summarization of DAMAGE because if I do I'm going to spoil everything. It's one of those stories that starts throwing exciting possibilities at you from the first few pages. You'll be guessing and guessing and biting your nails waiting to find out if you've got it figured out. Fortunately this means that most of the time the pacing is pretty brisk. Occasionally there are what I think of as talky-br
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Bern
I was breaking my back trying to think of a polite way to put this, but alas, some efforts are doomed to be for naught:

This was a fucking mess.

It wasn't an overly negative mess either, which only makes talking about it more complicated. The story is as it follows: when she was a child and living in a hospital ward due to her severe diabetes, Dani had an imaginary friend named Rachel. They did everything together: snooped around the place; played with dolls; you know, whatever gets little kids an
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Heather
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Book Whales
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted @ Book Whales


Your imaginary friend turned Nightmare…

Damage was told in two POV’s. Dani and Jesse’s. Both of them were just ordinary teenagers. Wait, scratch that. They wanted to believe that they’re normal, well at least they were a few years after endless haunting of their imaginary friends when they were still kids, and the worst part was no one believed them. As they grew older, they thought that they’ve already moved on from their scary, non-existent friends, but they’re wr
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Kim Smiley
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a real page turner from the first chapter of the book. Dani (Danielle) is 8 yrs. old and in the hospital for diabetes. She is visited by Rachel, a little girl only she can see. She thinks Rachel is her friend. They play and sneak around the children's ward together. But she soon realizes that Rachel isn't her friend at all, she wants Dani dead. No one believes her and one day Rachel is gone. Dani even forgets about her.

Fast forward to Dani being 15 yrs. old and wanting a career in danci
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PickyReader
Actual rating 1.75, doesn't deserve higher. These are reasons why.

1). Out-stepping the realm of reality. Given, this book is fiction, but it's like realistic fiction. The setting is the real world, but it crosses the line into unbelievable. Like when a semi-truck hits a School bus, flips it over a bridge and Nobody reports it until like 3-4 hours later. Really? And when at one point, Jesse is shot in the shoulder but can Still Drive. He's completely fine. Really?

2). So. Much. Profanity. This b
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Tif
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2013
I liked the concept of this book more than I liked the actual book. The basic story is that Dani, a teenager who was very sick as a child, developed an imaginary friend when she was in the hospital. All was well until that friend began to manifest in the physical world and tried to kill her. Then...she vanished. Years of therapy later, she has tried to move on. All is (mostly) well until the bus for her school field trip gets into a horrible accident and Dani's imaginary friend appears. With her ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love books that mess with the mind. But I love it even more when people minds are messed with and they think they are going crazy! Fantastic!

What I liked most about this books is the craziness of it. Dani think she seeing stuff but is it real? I loved that she fought and try ti hide it for so long. The plot line of the book gave me a great pace to read at but also keep me entertain. I like the new elements were added to the story little by little.

The love interest and new characters to the sto
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Scott Parsons
Dec 16, 2011 added it
Recommends it for: Football lovers
Recommended to Scott by: my teacher
The main character of the book is Curtis Hightower. He lives in Parkersville, Texas. He's a football player for his Parkersville High, and on his first day back to school he's already starting to get in trouble and having issues but he is very quiet and lives a normal life of a guy that loves football.
He has a sister named Becky who is all about looking the same as her friends, which cause problems between her and her parents. His two best friends are Dobie, and Austin. His friends are the type
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Kelly
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, creepy goodness! Creepy, bloody goodness with fighting and danger and some fantastically hot kisses thrown in. The idea here gives me the shivers and Anya Parrish pulled it off beautifully. A childhood nightmare made flesh and Dani and Jesse have no idea who they can trust with their secrets. *shivers*

I think the biggest thing I liked about this book (besides the idea of creeptastic creatures slinking into reality) is the relationship that blossoms between Dani and Jesse. They're both so soc
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Indi
'Damage' by Anya Parrish

The plot is a good start but nothing has been elaborated on.

The characters are just people in a book; in good books you feel that the characters actually exist somewhere, sadly this is not one of them. There are things that Jesse and Dani say that you wouldn't expect them to say after all the other things they've said. I wish that the characters seemed real, but nothing in this book gave me reason to think that.
The plot needed to be elaborated more and the way the end wa
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Katie(babs)
Damage has an amazing premise but fails to deliver with one-dimensional characters and clichéd situations.

Dani lives in fear that Rachel, her invisible friend she invented when she was eight will appear again and kill her. As long as she keeps her emotions in control, she should be okay. Now as a teenager she barely reacts to anything that is until the bus she’s riding on is hit by a truck and everyone board is killed. She’s saved by Jesse, a fellow student also on the bus who survives and was a
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