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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend | [Matthew Dicks]

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

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 everyone.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 12-21-12
    Barb Navarre, OH, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    Any additional comments?

    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?

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    Amazon Customer 12-21-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent imaginative book"
    Who was the most memorable character of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen R.Ph. Mars, PA, United States 12-20-12
    Karen R.Ph. Mars, PA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Unique Perspective"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Royse City, TX, United States 11-13-12
    Amazon Customer Royse City, TX, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

    Book Shai-Hulud

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    "A Childlike Approach to an Adult Book"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 10-02-12
    Lyn LADY LAKE, FL, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "5 stars all the way"
    Would you listen to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend again? Why?

    yes, there are many oints i would like to review regarding autism and imaginary friends


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boodo, of course, but Oswald and Mrs Gosk are close seconds


    What does Matthew Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pacing, as an audio book, I can't jump ahead which is my evil tendency


    If you could take any character from Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dee or Sal so we could eat "fast food"


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Molly-o Seattle 10-02-12
    Molly-o Seattle 10-02-12 Member Since 2007

    English major. Love to read

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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe C. Johnson 06-01-13 Member Since 2013

    genday

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    "Appallingly stupid"
    What disappointed you about Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend?

    It is not at all what is promised. I thought it would be like Wonder but it is just slow, boring and uninteresting


    Has Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much


    What character would you cut from Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend?

    I don't care


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Cleveland, OH 11-12-12
    Amanda Cleveland, OH 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    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. :)

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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-04-12
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-04-12 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Loved everything about this..."
    What made the experience of listening to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend the most enjoyable?

    Matthew Brown was an amazing narrator. His voice embodied Budo so well, and was really thoughtful the entire way through the novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend?

    Each time there was a disappearing. I don't want to say more.


    Have you listened to any of Matthew Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not, but based on this story, I will.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried three or four times during this book...I also laughed countless times. I loved all the emotions it drew out of me.


    Any additional comments?

    The simple story mixed with Matthew Brown's performance made this a perfect audio book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan M. Justice St. Louis, MO 10-11-12
    Susan M. Justice St. Louis, MO 10-11-12 Member Since 2011

    Devon Farm

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    "This story and performance were both exemplary!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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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