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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  672 ratings  ·  110 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!
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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. ...more
MK
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. ...more
Kayla
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
It kept you wanting more. It was a really good book however the ending of this book I personally did not like. I didn't like the ending because it felt like they just stopped right at the good part and it just ended. It leaves you with so many questions and no answers. ...more
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.
Lynne
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was bowled over by Damage .
Gamble
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Anya Parrish book and I was blown away.
Matthew
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Events were effectively described in detail, not boring, but intriguing and I honestly was impressed.
ELICIA
Jun 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
From the first page I was hooked and look forward to other stories from Anya Parrish.
Meda
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
The ending was such a complete surprise.
Celaya
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent stuff!
Vollmers
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I actually shouted out loud for their success.
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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