Author: Matthew Green
Publish Date: March 1, 2012
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a fiction fan.
From Goodreads.com: "Budo is Max's imaginary friend. But though only Max can see him, he is real. He and the other imaginary friends watch over their children until the day comes that the child stops imagining them. And then they're gone. Budo has lasted a lot longer than most imaginary friends - four years - because Max needs him more. His parents argue about sending him to a special school. But Max is perfectly happy if everything is just kept the way it is, and nothing out of the ordinary happens. Unfortunately, something out of the ordinary is going to happen - and then he'll need Budo more than ever..."
My Two Cents:
"Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend" definitely has an interesting storyline. It really is told from the perspective of Max's imaginary friend, Budo. I guess I had a hard time suspending my belief. I was almost hoping that in the end, we figure out that Max is using the imaginary friend as a coping mechanism for dealing with being kidnapped. It was kind of hard for me to get over the idea that Budo, for the sake of this book, was real and could do all of the things that he did throughout the book.
This book definitely had a couple holes for me. First off, what happens to Mrs. Patterson??? (I don't want to give anything away so please excuse my intentional vagueness). The story of what she does is the major arc of the book and we never get to hear what happened to her. We really don't get to hear much about why she does what she does besides the fact that she thinks that Max's parents aren't doing what he needs in order to help him. Max has a couple issues and while it's never said what exactly those issues are, it seems like he's somewhere on the autism scale (he doesn't relate well to other people his own age, he doesn't like to be touched, he doesn't hold eye contact, etc).
What it comes down to is that I wanted to know more. Budo is sort of an interesting narrator. Even though he's an imaginary character, he's not totally omniscient so as a narrator, he's still limited as to what he can tell you about the situation.
What kept me going through the book is that the writing is really good. It's so good that I was lamenting the fact that I could not read more of the book at a time. Green pulls you in so even when I was reading and wondering about some of the things in the above paragraphs, I wasn't all that upset. I will definitely be on the look out for more of this author's books in the future!