Imagine... Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.
Imagine... Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.
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Long ago, books stopped terrifying me in the way that people search out from the likes of gory, graphic horror films. Somewhere upon entering adulthood, the paranormal took a backseat to the chills provided by child abuse, sexual assault, and the murder of members of minority groups who never gain an ounce of justice, but this book terrified me in ways that I haven't experienced in over a decade, mainly due to combining paranormal AND realistic ...more
Sadly it was all downhill from there. 700+ pages of which maybe half ended up being relevant/adding to the story. Now I love a tome. I recently read Wanderers which was longer than this one but had zero wasted scenes or words and was an epic that read fast. So it's not the length itself that was an issue. I read King and Tolstoy. Trus ...more
i guess 20 years between books is enough time for an author to change. and in this case, 20 years to plan stephen kings demise. because holy crap. this is the creepiest thing ive ever read, in the most bizarre way possible.
this actually reminded me a lot of ‘stranger things’ - strange things happen, its a little spooky and ...more
Imaginary Friend feels very much like a classic horror novel which is both a good and a bad thing. To begin with, we have a group of young kids, an unknown evil that fills them with fear and despair, a small town on the brink of chaos, and missing dead children from 50 years ago. And it is terribly creepy. When I first read The Perks of Being a Wallflower I remember feeling underwhelmed. I didn’t get why people loved this story so much. Neithe ...more
Mind bending, so incredibly clever with such beautiful and heartfelt language and messages. I’m astonished and reviewing this is gonna be bloody hard.
"He knew how he found the skeleton. He knew that the bones had been there for a long time. He even thought he knew the name of the kid who died. But he couldn't tell the grown-ups that. Because eventually, they would ask him how he knew everything. And he on ...more
This book started out strong to trick you to read on, but the ending was catastrophically terrible. The first 25% is basically what the synopsis describes, and then ...more
- Stephen Chbosky, Imaginary Friend
This is a tough one to talk about.
For about 600 of this book’s 700 pages, I was fully committed and absolutely on board. I was enjoying every page of Stephen Chbosky’s Imaginary Friend, marveling at the intricate plotting, the engaging characters, the slam-bang set-pieces, and the utter uniqueness of the premise, even as I mentally ticked off all the influences (A Nightmare on Elm Street, ...more
Sometimes I thought it was fascinating, unique, creative, and genius – 5 stars
Other times I though it was dragging on, too repetitive, wanted it to get to the point, way too long – 1 star
Sometimes those two feelings would occur within a couple of pages of each other.
It was quite wild ride!
This is nothing like The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If I didn’t know it was the same author, I would never have guessed it.
The story reminded me of a mix ...more
This book.... THIS BOOK. I never read Perks of Being a Wallflower but what I do know is that this author went to a completely different genre with this young adult horror fiction read. Is it worth every 700+ page? You bet your ass it is.
To begin with, the main character's name is Christopher Reese - this made it somewhat sentimental to me because my family became very close with the Reese family when we lived in Italy. Their youngest was thei ...more
I recorded my entire experience reading this book in a reading vlog so I'm just gonna leave that here if you're curious to hear my thoughts: https://youtu.be/4Apl4du60fs ...more
“A nightmare is nothing but a dream gone sick.”
Where do I even begin when it comes to the release of this (20 year) long awaited tome? I guess the easiest thing to do is address the obvious. For those of you who have been anticipating a new Perks to fall in love with, I have some bad news . . . .
There is no Charlie to be had here. Instead, there is a Christopher. A little boy who recently moved to small-town Pennsylva ...more
I can't believe I didn't DNF this one. It was over 700 pages, and at least half of that could have been edited out to tighten up the plot and get to the action faster. There was a lot of repetition, and seriously, there were multiple climax points of the story. The "big final battle" happened three or four times. Much of the story never made sense, and if it was allegorical, well, it did ...more
Wow - now I understand why other readers love epic horror!
Video Review: https://youtu.be/tXRuZKydia4
This was an incredibly engaging narrative that pulled me in from the very first page. While I normally struggle with long horror novels, I flew through this seven hundred page tome incredibly fast. The characters were incredibly likeable and writing was spot on. The narrative was certainly reminiscent of some of Stephen King’s epic works with similar themes, yet this novel stood on its ow ...more
There was a lot of early Stephen King feel to the book, especially in the length that could easily be cut. Reminded me of reading the uncut version of The Stand. This was another Good vs Evil with many players. I did enjoy the mother-son relationship and the way that guilt was shown in many ways. ...more
The first 50 pages or so ...more
"Don't leave the street. They can't get you if you don't leave the street.
I just... UGH... I don't know what to rate this because there were parts I hated and parts I loved so just like I did with Book of M, I am going to leave this unrated because this wasn't a one star book or a five star book and the other rating in between don't fit either because I felt very strongly about this book.
So, what's this book about?
Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life ...more
You bet your sorry ass if I’m gonna read 720 pages it better be good. Yes it is long, but it’s also extremely well written – and it is SCARY. I couldn’t stop thinking “please make this a show” during the entire book. You have a whole lot of characters and a whole lot of details, and you will for sure remember each one of them.
|Spanish Readers: * Amigo imaginario [Octubre 2020]||5||85||Oct 22, 2020 10:04AM|
|A Good Thriller: Buddy Read - Imaginary Friend||27||35||Sep 04, 2020 11:36AM|
|Stephen King Fans: Imaginary Friend by Chbosky||5||71||Apr 22, 2020 02:26PM|
|Goodreads Choice ...: Imaginary Friend - February 2020||11||105||Mar 25, 2020 07:51AM|
He is the recipient of the Abraham Polonsky Screenwriting Award for his screenplay ...more