Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend

Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend

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Goodreads finalist 2012 as voted by over 1 million readers

My name is BUDO.

I have been alive for 5 years.

5 years is a very long time for someone like me to be alive.

MAX gave me my name. Max is 8 years old.

He is the only human person who can see me.

I know what Max knows, and some things he doesn't.

I know that Max is in danger.

And I know that I am the only one who can save him.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 37mm | 304g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 0751547875
  • 9780751547870
  • 9,408

Review Text

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
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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 * 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 * 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 *
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About Matthew Green

Matthew Green is a schoolteacher with Teacher of the Year credentials to his name. He has one Master's degree and is working on a second. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughter, plus a dog and cat.
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Rating details

29,995 ratings
4.12 out of 5 stars
5 40% (12,022)
4 38% (11,454)
3 17% (4,970)
2 4% (1,175)
1 1% (374)

Our customer reviews

I was captivated by this story, and wasn't expecting it at all! I purchased it at one of Book Depository's "sales", and sort of put it to one side. But when I started reading it I couldn't stop! It reminded me of "Lovely Bones" , though I liked this much better! So you have to suspend your beliefs, but it was an amazing tale, with plenty of food for thought. Well worth the journey with Budo!show more
by Wendy SEKULOFF
Reading this novel is like peeling an onion. The layers reveal so much as they are pared open, and some layers may bring tears. Budo tells the story: he is the imaginary friend of eight year-old Max Delaney, and has all the perceptiveness Max lacks. Budo is Max's helpmeet, especially at school where he is so obviously different. According to Budo, Max lives inside himself. People find him hard to handle because he does not like to communicate. The word autistic is never used. Max's parents disagree on what is best for him, while at school he is most loved and understood by his teacher, Mrs Gosk. And then Max disappears. Only Budo know the truth but is unable to tell anyone besides other people's imaginary friends, and he must act fast while retaining Max's trust, because if Max stops believing in him, he will fade away and disappear. During this time, all those who love Max struggle to cling to their normal lives, while the kidnapper plays along with the communal guilt. The story builds to a staggering climax in which Budo must use all his resourcefulness to save Max. This is a stunning read and I recommend it.show more
by S Levy
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