Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend ~ Free Audiobook Giveaway!
By Chris Bell
I was immediately drawn to the title, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I thought it sounded fun. And it was! Memoirs is written from the viewpoint of Budo, the imaginary friend of Max Delaney. Budo has been alive for five years, which is extremely old for an imaginary friend. Most imaginary friends are only alive for one or two years, some for only days. We get to meet a large assortment of imaginary friends. Budo explains how and why imaginary friends are born, what they look like and their limitations and abilities. I found all of this so interesting. It made me really try and think like a child.
But, Max isn’t just any child. In the description of Max, you get a pretty strong sense that he is autistic, however, it is never named. That’s the reason Budo has been alive for so long. Max still needs him. When a child stops believing in their imaginary friend, they disappear. But do they die? This is something Budo struggles with while trying to protect Max from bullies, teachers and Max himself.
When something terrible happens to Max (no spoilers here), it is up to Budo to save him and Budo must decide which is more important: Max’s future or Budo’s very own life.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a fabulous book. Although probably far more emotional for a parent of an autistic child, this book takes you from being curious to angry, anxious to excited. I loved it and have recommended it to many people. I think this would be a great book club choice.
The audiobook version is narrated by Matthew Brown, who does a great job with both the children’s and imaginary friends’ voices.
An interesting and extremely original book, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a definite must for your reading, or listening, list.
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About the Author:
Matthew Dicks is a writer and elementary school teacher. His articles have been published in the Hartford Courant and he has been a featured author at the Books on the Nightstand retreat. He is also a Moth storyteller and a two-time StorySLAM champion. Dicks is the author of two previous novels, Something Missing and Unexpectedly Milo. He lives in Newington, Connecticut, with his wife, Elysha, and their children, Clara and Charlie.
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