Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imagination - the perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend...real or otherwise.
Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.
Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, the woman who works with Max in the Learning Center and who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable and kidnaps Max, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save him - and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or Budo's very existence. Narrated by Budo, a character with a unique ability to have a foot in many worlds - imaginary, real, child, and adult - Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming...and heartbreaking conclusion.
©2012 Matthew Dicks (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
This was an excellent story. As a teacher of young children with special needs, I found the story very true to real life. The only part that I didn't understand was the very end. What happened to Budo?
I really liked Oswald because he had such a huge heart and he wanted his existence to mean something even if his acts ultimately would be his demise. And his example teaches Budo to do the same. He ultimately gives Budo the courage to do the right thing.
The book almost had me convinced that imaginary friends are real and they have lives and thoughts of their own outside of the world of what the human imagines. I like that they can only do things they are imagined that they can do at their creation. Is it too late to get an imaginary to be my cheerleader throughout the day?
This is one of the most memorable books I've listened to. Such a unique concept. I think parents who's children have or had imaginary friends will enjoy it, especially parents of children with asperger's or autism.
I picked this book as I have an interest in Asperger's Syndrome and I used to be a teacher, so I was drawn to the idea of the book. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the point of view through the eyes of the imaginary friend. However, his perspective is rather childlike and it often seems as if the book was written for children. On the other hand, the primary theme of this book is accepting death and our inevitable mortality. The exploration of this subject makes this a very adult themed book. It was uncomfortable to me to have this childlike perspective and deep themes of death enmeshed together. Perhaps this was the author's intent. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and found it very thought provoking.
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yes, there are many oints i would like to review regarding autism and imaginary friends
Boodo, of course, but Oswald and Mrs Gosk are close seconds
Pacing, as an audio book, I can't jump ahead which is my evil tendency
Dee or Sal so we could eat "fast food"
i like books that open up child's minds. Like "Room" or "The Curious Case of Dog at Night' and this was a winner in that genre.
English major. Love to read
My review is mixed because this story is hokey - there is no way around it. BUT, I had an imaginary friend when I grew up and I honestly forgave all the hokey qualities because I was both reliving when I had my friend and charmed by the sweet observations of this young, passionate friend. I would guess that if you never had an imaginary friend, never had a friend who had one and/or made fun of those who did, that this book would not be your cup of tea.
I want to mention also that the book is well written - there are some wonderful insights into the grown up world (much like in Room) and some turning of phrases that made me forgive myself for looking forward to reading such a precious story. The narration was great.
It is not at all what is promised. I thought it would be like Wonder but it is just slow, boring and uninteresting
I don't care
I enjoyed this reading. It was entertaining and such a great idea for a story. The idea of writing a book from the perspective of an imaginary friend really caught my attention. I would recommend this story to anyone. Especially someone who had an imaginary friend when they were little. :)
i like to read. i like to listen.
Matthew Brown was an amazing narrator. His voice embodied Budo so well, and was really thoughtful the entire way through the novel.
Each time there was a disappearing. I don't want to say more.
I have not, but based on this story, I will.
I cried three or four times during this book...I also laughed countless times. I loved all the emotions it drew out of me.
The simple story mixed with Matthew Brown's performance made this a perfect audio book.
What a refreshing story and performance. I got it as it sounded like it had potential now I am telling all my friends that they HAVE to get it!
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