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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Mike is the imaginary friend and projection of a repressed wish that won't go away until Floyd confronts both his greatest fear and greatest desire: to succeed.

An "Enchanting coming-of-age tale, with a young man struggling to come to terms with his future and what he really wants out of life. Anyone who has tried to live up to their parents' desires and expectations will b
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by David Fickling Books (first published January 4th 2018)
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Sarah Churchill
The premise was interesting, but I think it could have gone a lot deeper. I was hoping for a big twist or for Mike to turn out to be something else, but he didn't. He was exactly what the psychologist suggested very, very early in the book. So from there this book is really about finding out what Mike wants to do with his life... only it was obvious from page 140 what his passion is and the exact profession he would end up pursuing. The last 50-100 pages where something exciting could have happe ...more
Edoardo Albert
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Long-time readers will know that I am a bit of a fan of Andrew Norriss: you can read my reviews of his previous books here. So I was delighted to receive his new book - or I would have been, if my wife hadn't grabbed it off me and declared her intention to read it first. Luckily, one feature of his writing is its narrative zip: you pick up the story, intending to read the first chapter, and two hours later you realise you're past half way and you really rather wouldn't stop now so, sometime arou ...more
Ms. Yingling
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Floyd is a very good young tennis player who has worked very closely with his supportive parents to do well. However, he starts seeing a young man hanging around when he plays, and at one point, "Mike" walks onto the court during a meet and stands right behind the referee. At this point, Floyd realizes that only he can see Mike, and his parents help him get some psychiatric counseling. Dr. Pinner is very understanding, and helps Floyd see that Mike is a part of him and t
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Loved this! Review will be posted in School Library Journal in December 2018/January 2019
Jodie Warner
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Floyd is a star upcoming in the junior tennis world however when he starts seeing and hearing Mike, a guy whom isn't real his parents help him to uncover what's happening to him.

As he meets with a psychologist during the week around his training he soon discovers whom Mike really is, what he wants and what Mike's been trying to tell him all along.

This leads him to discover a passion he's had all his life and chance meetings set him on his future path and to meet the girl of his dreams.

This was a
Tom Burnham
Dec 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I liked the premise of the story, but it seemed to fall flat. There just wasn't emotion or depth to the characters. As my boss said the story was written by a therapist who wants to write a book for teens, but can't express the emotions. I didn't like the way the time jumps were handled. It was all of the sudden 3 years had passed, and I was like wait what? If Mike was a figment of Floyd's mind then how could Charity see him as well? Why was she the only one? At the end there seemed like there w ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book fascinating. Firstly, who would have thought I'd ever enjoy a book about sports? But I really liked the content about learning tennis and practising it and competing. Secondly, there's no major conflict and the people are all ordinary people with faults but none that cause you to dislike them. But there's pretty major conflict going on in Floyd's head and I thought that was really well handled in the text. Thirdly, I liked the way that Floyd's problem with Mike was all resolved ...more
Susan Biggers-horn
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
American Mensa
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike is the heart filling book of a partially true story. This book would be considered the realistic fiction genre and is for ages 7 and up. Mike is filled with mystery and wonder, taking place in the present day, mostly around overseas areas and places the main character travels. It has an wonderful storyline, where Floyd is questioning his life choices and who he is. It even has many twists, that will leave you think “why is this happening to him.” Its characters, Floyd, Dr. Pinner and Mike a ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Floyd is a star of under-18's tennis. Since he was little, all he's ever known is the routine of training, of the matches, of trying to be the best. But something strange is happening. A boy called Mike has started turning up - a boy no one else can see. He keeps appearing whenever Floyd is playing tennis and making him lose his game. Floyd needs to discover what Mike wants - and what that will mean for him, and where his life is headed. Floyd is at the start of a journey that will lead him into ...more
Graine Milner
What an odd little duck this book is. Floyd's tennis is interrupted by Mike, who turns out to be a 'person' that only Floyd can see (well, apart from one other person). We follow Floyd as we discover that Mike has a message - a series of messages, in fact - all with Floyd's best interests at heart. Everyone, we're told, has a Mike - the trick is learning to listen to them. A sweet story about being true to yourself.
I'm not quite sure who I'd give this book to to read - Floyd is 15 at the start o
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike is one of those books that arrive at my house from the publishers without warning and without me knowing anything about it before it arrives. I have come to learn that books like that from David Fickling Books tend to be little gems and this was definitely the case with this book.

Mike was an enjoyable and quick read for me. Mike is the story of a young tennis player who is destined for big things and his imaginary friend Mike. Except aren't you supposed to have grown out of imaginary friend
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quirky is a word I'm wary of in book reviews but it absolutely applies to this wonderful, unusual and charming book. Easy to read and very hard to forget, this is not like anything else I've ever encountered in youth literature!

Breezy and conversational in tone, a matter-of-fact account of an extraordinary series of encounters with Mike- who is what? At first the explanation of projection of unconcious wishes or needs seems accurate but then the encounters shift toward something else much more d
I absolutely loved this one. It was just so heartwarming, thought provoking and had a story that went outside the box. Sometimes you think that your life is headed on the life track but your instincts take over and lead down a different one. This YA novel had a great uplifting message towards the end that will touch anyone's heart of different ages. ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It felt a bit rushed and the beginning could have had a bit more development, but overall I really enjoyed the story.
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I agree completely with another reviewer who wrote that this book starts out in a promising way but then becomes all too-predictable. The ending and resolution had been suggested early on by Dr. Pinner, Mike's psychologist, and I became a bit bored during the last 80 or so pages of the book since I was looking for a more dramatic conclusion. Still, I'm glad I read this one, and I would expect that it will hold some comfort for teens or even adults struggling with the expectations of their parent ...more
Katy Noyes
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing imaginary friend/tennis story.

Up-and-coming tennis star Floyd is seeing someone on the court that nobody else can see. In order to banish his demons, he and his father agree on therapy. But what Floyd uncovers about Mike isn't cut-and-dried and leaves a lot of questions for Floyd to answer.

The slightly fantastical elements of the story reminded me of the Paul Bettany 'Wimbledon' film. I have read books on imaginary friends and not come across any like Mike, Mike shows up occasionall
May 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-and-kidlit
I was super intrigued by a couple reviews of this book, but whoa, it really did not work for me. Two stars because the author can put sentences together and the premise was promising. First (and worst) strike: I'm just not on board with the whole "if you work hard and follow your dreams and are above all true to yourself, everything will come up roses and unicorns and you will not only find true love and be happy, but hey, you'll be super rich too!" philosophy of life, which this book adheres to ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
Floyd is a tennis star, destined to become one of the great British tennis players. At age thirteen though, something changes. He starts to see “Mike” a person whom only he can see. Mike first appears at tennis matches and gets steadily more involved, even stopping Floyd from playing physically at one point. Floyd’s parents, who are both very much supportive of his tennis, take him to a sports injury clinic where he is placed in therapy. Floyd learns that Mike is a projection of something that F ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Floyd, a teenage British tennis prodigy is unbeatable. He is absolutely dedicated to his game, supported by loving parents. Floyd has everything going for him. During a competitive match he sees Mike walking in the stands. He has seen Mike quite often, usually observing him during practice, never during a match. Mike walks down the stands, opens the gate and walks on to the court. Floyd tells the umpire to ask Mike to leave. The umpire is confused. Floyd's father (also, his coach) comes on to th ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Floyd has been playing tennis for 13 years...and he's only 15 now. And he's amazingly good, not just for his age. But one day, at an early morning practice, he sees a guy watching him. He later speaks to him and finds out his name is Mike. It's not until Mike walks onto the court at a match that Floyd realizes that he's the only one who can see him.

This is not a book I would have picked up on my own. I do love YA, but this subject matter just isn't something I'm drawn to. However, it's a #tomeco
Daniel Menacher
Did anyone else wish he'd stayed with tennis? Anyone? I am sort of kidding, but not entirely. His work with the ocean's ecosystem is worthy work. But if you are that good at something [tennis] it just feels like a shame to let it go. But the point of the story is to find your truest self.
Mike is a nice read, and worth reading. But it is simple and sweet and NOT a 5 star book. 3 star tops. It doesn't ever run deep. Cool idea that never really takes off. And who is this love interest that can a
Joe Caltagirone
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mike" is an upbeat novel by Andrew Norriss about a child tennis pro, Floyd, who starts seeing someone named Mike, who no one else can see. When Floyd starts going to a psychologist, he learns that Mike is a manifestation of his unhappiness with his career path. The story deals with themes like parental relationships and the intertwinings of mental health and sports.

While the novel addresses many serious issues, it rarely went deep into those themes. This is partly due to the length of the book
Isobel Ramsden
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike is another moving and thoughtful book by Norriss (author of 'Jessica's Ghost') that, perhaps unusually for a children's book, describes the protagonist's life from childhood to adulthood. The two protagonists - Floyd and Mike - are one and the same person. Mike is Floyd's imaginary friend but there's a lot more to him than first meets the eye. He appears at critical moments in Floyd's life and at first Floyd has no idea how to respond to him. With the help of a psychologist though he starts ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I want to make my parents’ dream come true.” Floyd is a promising young tennis player, who is hoping to win the under 18 National Championships. One day, during a match, play is interrupted by the appearance of a stranger on court who can only be seen by Floyd. Floyd’s parents worry he is under too much pressure, but there turns out to be a very different reason for Mike’s appearance, and it’s a problem that only he has the answer to. Can he manage to be true to himself without feeling he has l ...more
Shane Green
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
The main types of books that I would read would usually have some elements of LGBT+ character(s) and when I originally picked this book up in a store I had thought that it would include LGBT+ character(s) (I can't quite remember why? I believe the book was surrounded by books that did fall into this category, so I probably just assumed that it would be as well).
However, despite it not being at all what I had expected I followed through with the book because the synopsis on the back still peaked
This is a bit of an odd book, and difficult to categorize. It's certainly unique! The jacket looks like middle grade, but not very many middle grade books end up with (view spoiler) so I think it's actually supposed to be a young YA novel. I appreciated the thread about figuring out who you want to be, but it just didn't quite go deep enough for me, and I think it might even be too abstract for young teens, so I'm not sure ...more
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