- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (1 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751547875
- ISBN-13: 978-0751547870
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 20.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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From no. 1 bestselling author Jodi Picoult: 'A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator, an imaginary friend named Budo, who reminds us that bravery comes in the most unlikely forms. It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision. You've never read a book like this before. As Budo himself might say: Believe me' (Jodi Picoult)
Remarkably fun, has adventure and mystery and unlike anything you'll have read before . . . It is undeniably an absorbing story that is more than a little magical (Bookbag blog)
An endearing tale of love, loyalty and the extraordinary power of a child's imagination (Glamour)
This story is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, essentially celebrating the extraordinary power of the mind (Image Magazine)
A captivating novel that you'll want to read in one sitting (Bella)
This debut is a fantastic idea that'll really capture the imagination (Star)
Uplifting..Don't Miss (Woman and Home)
This story is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting, essentially celebrating the extraordinary power of the mind (Image magazine)
An absorbing, moving story (Cosmopolitan)
Seriously impressive (Heat)
A perfect read for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Holiday magazine)
Refreshingly different (Woman)
For readers who loved Room and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: a heartwarming, heartbreaking story of love, loyalty and the power of the imagination - a novel perfect for anyone who ever had a friend . . . real or otherwise.See all Product Description
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Although never articulated, it is obvious from his impaired social interaction and communication skills and his restricted and repetitive behavior that 3rd grader Max Delaney is suffering from a high functioning form of autism. Max is intelligent and perceptive but not able to socially interact with the people around him so he has created Budo his imaginary friend, and the narrator of this story, to help him cope with the decisions of daily life.
Memoir is a magical tale filled with a bevy of heartwarming and extraordinarily conceived characters coupled with enough uncertainty and tension to keep the reader captivated. Since Budo is a product of Max's fertile imagination, the perceptions presented are simplistic and innocent yet possess intelligent commentary and observations on questions that confront most of us in our everyday lives. In their quest to help Max, Budo and other "imaginaries" like Oswald the Giant and Teeny the Fairy become the sort of honest, protective, understanding and unselfish friends that we all would like to have by our side as we navigate through the messy predicaments and choices life throws at us. (Perhaps for adults our imaginary friend is called Conscience and maybe like Peter Pan's Tinkerbell and Max's Budo it will disappear if we stop believing in it.)
On the whole, I enjoyed the story of Max, Budo and friends once I got used to the childlike presentation, but I must admit I could have done without the repetitive references to subjects like bonus poops. 3 1/2 stars
Imaginary friends cannot be hurt,and the only way they can die is if someone stops believing in them. Budo,who writes this story,has been alive longer than most because Max is special and really needs him.When Max disappears Budo is the only one who knows where he is,but he can't make anyone understand.Budo has to call on the other imaginary friends to help,and the story became so engrossing for me I couldn't put it down.
It's funny,exciting,sad and interesting,and I would definitely recommend it!
Told from a child-like perspective, it does have similarities to 'Room,' and 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,' but like both those books it also is totally original. It is a very easy to read book as you want to find out what has happened to Max and how Budo's friends (other imaginary friends) can help. Highly recommended.
Budo is Max's Imaginary Friend. He has been an Imaginary Friend now for five years, an incredibly long time for an Imaginary Friend to survive. This may be due to the fact that Max appears to be autistic and can relate to Budo but not to the other children and adults who surround him. He needs Budo to help him navigate the outside world. Max is a highly intelligent child and as a result, Budo is also intelligent. Max has not imagined him needing to sleep, so Budo stays up all night with Max's parents, or visiting within a limited range of Max's house. Other Imaginary Friends exist and Budo can talk with them, but for the most part they are short lived and less developed than Budo.
This scene-setting part of the novel was an interesting view into the life of an autistic boy and his life in school. His interactions with his parents, teachers and fellow students were fascinating.
Then the novel took on a more thrilleresque nature and became more unbelievable. As another reviewer noted, it felt like a copy from a similar, recently popular book. This, added to my growing annoyance with the repetitions noted in my opening comments, made the book a struggle to complete.
My book group gave it 4 stars, but I was less keen, 3 (3 1/2) stars for me. However, in preparation for the meeting, I read a few interviews with the author and I would be happy to try one of his other books at some time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't read many good books with a first person POV but I've never read a book when that POV is an imaginary friend. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know a great deal about the book myself because I bought it as a present for my sister but she said it was brilliant. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read this book a hundred times and it never seems to be enought. I enjoyed the author's style, the strong bond between Max and Budo. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ilaria
Not my sort of book. Recommended by the school for my year 7 son and not to his liking at all and I could see why.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
A really wonderful book. It starts off funny and then takes you on a real adventure. The characters seem very real. Read morePublished 13 months ago by A. Massie
Chatty bio of an imaginary friend of a boy who has some issues. When the boy is abducted he has to figure out how to rescue him. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ellison
Good idea but lost interest halfway through have been unable to finish. No where near as good as his last book.Published 17 months ago by lynn