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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  16 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
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: 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
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
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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
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Loved this! Review will be posted in School Library Journal in December 2018/January 2019
Ruth
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
Kirsty
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
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Angela Oatham
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a perfect little book. Almost fairy tale like it tells the story of Floyd and his imaginary? friend Mike. Mike is ruining Floyds's blossoming tennis career, he's getting in the way, creating a distraction but Mike has something to say... and Floyd had better listen.
This starts of quite dark I feel and I thought I was in for a real teenage trauma novel but it's not. It's delightful and a real lesson in trusting yourself, and those you love, and even believing in fate. I can't praise it enoug
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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
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Mbobrosky
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
Jodie Warner
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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
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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
Tina Jameson
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: identity
Interesting little book, that I'm still not quite sure of. Sent to me as a book for middle school readers, and written with quite naïve language, yet I'm not sure what a middle school reader will actually make of it. It reads with the feel of a fable - more akin to something like The Alchemist, with a message on 'life' to deliver. (The cover of the edition read, also presents as a Adult short classic).
Juliana B.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. It had an interesting plot and was a medium paced book. I would recommend Mike to anyone who likes realistic fiction and coming of age stories.
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