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Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel | Matthew Dicks
Imaginary friend Budo narrates this heartwarming story of love, loyalty, and the power of the imaginationthe perfect read for anyone who has ever had a friend . . . real or otherwiseBudo 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 himand 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 worldsimaginary, 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.
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Brooke_H
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Booktopia Santa Cruz was 7 years ago! Anyone else go? It was the coolest. #RIPBooksontheNightstand

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Butterflyamore
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Name a book you love that you never hear/see anyone else mention! Maybe you will find your book “mate” this way!

This is a favorite of mine. I wish I could find more people who read and loved it. Budo is one of my most beloved characters of all time. ❤️

#underratedbooks #bestbookfriendships #favoritebooks

Purrfectpages This was a favorite of mine too! 4mo
Butterflyamore @Purrfectpages That makes me so happy! 4mo
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Allylu

“You have to be the bravest person in the world to go out every day, being yourself when no one likes who you are.”

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j.rye
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Pickpick

This book is amazing; there is no other way to put it. I can only hope my kids have an inner strength like Max to overcome their challenges.

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j.rye
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It‘s a sad reality. 😔 so much fighting even though we‘re all fighting for the same end goal. #autismstruggles

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LittleMummyMe
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Pickpick

I very much enjoyed this book. A story of how a child finds his own strength with help from his imaginary friend.
The imaginary friend also finds the courage to face his greatest fear along the way.

j.rye #stackadd sounds really endearing! 8mo
LittleMummyMe @j.rye Something different and sweet... about true friendship. 8mo
SitsWithaBook I loved this book! 8mo
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LittleMummyMe
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Allylu Yes, I liked that part, too. 4mo
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Butterflyamore
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ohhhh yes. Good choice. ❤️ 8mo
Purrfectpages One of my favorites! 8mo
Butterflyamore @Purrfectpages Me too! I love this book so much! 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
vkois88 I hadn't heard of this one 8mo
Butterflyamore @vkois88 It‘s one of my top favorites! So beautiful and magical! 8mo
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Faydflowright
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Listening to an audiobook! I just finished the Fox Forever and loved Matthew Brown‘s voice over and didn‘t want to say goodbye just yet. The two characters from the books are combining a little in my head but so far Budo is an interesting character. Kind of smart but has this childish innocence to him too. Let‘s see how the rest of the book goes!

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Butterflyamore
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I‘ve never developed a crush on a literary character but I do love the main characters/narrators of these books! #literarycrush #literarylove @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Lexeegee I loved The Art Of Racing In The Rain. 9mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 9mo
TNbookworm Loved Enzo❤ 9mo
Tex2Flo Both so very, very good. I‘m getting weepy just remembering them. 9mo
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Crashleythudd
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The cutest concept of a book. I loved it. It was cute and sweet and captured me completely. It made me think back to my old imaginary friends of my childhood. #2018 #readingchallenge #matthewdicks #memoirsofanimaginaryfriends

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Butterflyamore
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“I don‘t need to exist for me anymore. I just want to exist for Max. I want to know the rest of Max‘s story.” ~Budo ❤️

One of my favorite books!

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Maude
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One of my favorite underrated books, this is just a very unique story and has so many feels, I want everyone I know to read it 😙

Purrfectpages Loved this one! 11mo
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Smangela
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Tough prompt for #hour30! Favorite underrated book...

I almost went with Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy and I‘m still kind of waffling.

But I recommend this tagged book all the time and no one has heard of it! It‘s so so so unbelievably good. #24in48

Purrfectpages Great choice! 1y
Soubhiville Wow, this sounds wonderful! Thanks for the recommendation! 1y
Smangela @Soubhiville it really is! I hope you enjoy it! (Whenever it makes its way up your TBR🤣) 1y
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acdiamond
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Unique perspective but captivating at the same time

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Smangela
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#throwbackthursday

I don‘t remember how I stumbled across this book but it has stuck with me as a book I often recommend. ♥️♥️♥️

@MidnightBookGirl

MidnightBookGirl I got this as an arc at a book conference years ago, it might still be on my tbr shelf. ❤ 2y
ReadingRover I actually have this book. I‘ve had it forever and haven‘t read it. I guess I should. This is actually the second time it‘s come to mind recently. I saw this new show called Happy about an imaginary friend and it made me think of it. (Only I think the show probably has a much darker edge to it 😼) 2y
Smangela @ReadingRover @MidnightBookGirl oh yes! Please both bump it up your TBRs I really loved it ☺️ 2y
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cinann
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This is my #FebruaryTBR right now. I'm almost done with Prairie Fires and the library book is for book club. Anything else I read will be based on my mood.
#readingresolutions
@Jess7

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KarenUK
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#decktheshelves Three #greenbooks I‘ve read this year, and loved.... 💚💚💚

Reviewsbylola Loved Evelyn Hugo. ❤️ 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Another crazy day of work, so I didn‘t get a chance to open my #HalloweenGoesPostal #FallBookExchange package until after work... but look how much @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled spoiled me!!

Thank you so much, Ericka! THREE books from my tbr, plus so many goodies! I love absolutely everything and you are amazing. ❤️❤️❤️

Happy Halloween, Littens! 🎃

cathysaid 😂😂😂 I read dead people 😂😂😂 2y
sprainedbrain @cathysaid I love it!!! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled So happy you like everything! I had so much fun shopping!! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Aw, thanks. I hope you like all the books. The two Ive read are really good. Had a blast getting all the stuff together 😃 2y
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BookishGirl06
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This was so good. And the ending is so bittersweet 😭. I‘m happy for Max but even though I saw the end coming, I still hoped it would be different.

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BookishGirl06
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My newest book

Kshakal Such a good book!!! 2y
Gina I really enjoyed this one 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this one! Enjoy!! 2y
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the premise of this book. However, I was not fond of the writing style at the beginning. I understand the style followed the narrator that is dreamed up by an autistic boy, but the narrator could do and knew so much more than the boy and I feel his writing style could have rereleased a more mature nature and it did develop through the rest of the book. The idea that an imaginary friend could write a memoir is spectacular!

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Purrfectpages
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This is the first book that came to mind for #unusualnarrators as it's a unique story narrated from the perspective of the imaginary friend. #anditisaugust

Clwojick This is one of my favourite books. It was so unique. 📚 2y
KarenUK Nice pick! Really enjoyed this one 💕 2y
sprainedbrain This sounds interesting! 2y
Purrfectpages @KarenUK @Clwojick @sprainedbrain it was a unique story for sure! 2y
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Clwojick
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The book cover had me intrigued like most, but a quick glance at the first page, and I knew immediately that this book was not like any other. It was such a refreshingly unique storyline that I was hooked from the first second. I stayed up late, finishing the book cover to cover without even leaving the couch to grab a fresh cup of coffee. In my top favourite reads for 2016.

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GaiaAthena
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I'm currently reading Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green. So far I'm liking the book, it's written from the point of view of Max' imaginary friend Budo, and it's a unique way of telling the story.

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DoraSantosMarques
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I will never forget this amazing book

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webhau1
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I read this book for my bookclub. I think it will be a fun discussion. I did really enjoy the story being told from the Imaginary friends perspective. You really use your imagination when reading to keep up with the descriptions in the book. There were a few slow spots in the middle, but push through as it gets quite good. I am glad I read it😊

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JenFowler
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This is a story told from the point of view of Budo, who is the imaginary friend of Max. Max is autistic and has challenges he must face in his everyday life that other kids don't have. Budo helps him get through each day. Something happens in Max's life that I wasn't expecting. It's a great read. #Childlike #MayBookFlowers

KarenUK Read this with my book club... definitely a good read 👍💕 2y
readinginthedark Sounds interesting! 2y
Purrfectpages I too read with my book club. I enjoyed it! 2y
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grandma_loves_books
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Found the suggestion for this title through a new (to me) podcast, "Just the Right Book". I'm loving the podcast and am loving this book too!

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KarenUK
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#nextup Starting this for an upcoming book club.... 📚.... I've heard from other members that they couldn't put it down so I'm hoping for great things 😊👍

Tex2Flo I do so hope you love it the way I did. Got good feels. 3y
KarenUK @Tex so far so good!😍 3y
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libroguy
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I love adding new books to my library!!!

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KilgoreTrout

Confession: on occasion I'm talking to people in real life and I say, "oh my friend read that book and said XYZ about it, isn't my friend awesome?" And that friend is someone from Litsy that I've never actually met ?

TrishB Yep 😀 3y
Sue Failing to see this as an issue 😜 3y
LauraBeth 😂😂 3y
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Suet624 That's great. Feel the same way. 3y
LeahBergen My husband always laughs when I do that! 😂 3y
Megabooks I know!!! So funny!! 3y
Suzze Of course! We ARE all real friends! 3y
LauraBrook I do this almost daily! 3y
DeborahSmall Oh yeah. 'My friend on Litsy said.....' is a daily thing with me 😂 3y
Mariposa_Bookworm Wouldn't it be great if we could always think of others as friends first? 💕 3y
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Brooke_H
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4 years ago was a good book day...

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Kirstin
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This book blew me away. This is the story of Max, an autistic boy, told through the eyes of his imaginary friend, Budo who is in the middle of an existential crisis. Brilliant. And Budo is an excellent #bestsidekick #booktober

Smangela Yes!!! I recommend this one all the time. It's so amazing :) 3y
Kirstin @Smangela It really is! I loved Budo so much. 3y
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JenFowler
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Pickpick

Well this took a surprising turn! A story told through the eyes of an autistic child's imaginary friend, takes you on a journey you wouldn't of expected.
Very different point of view. Excellent easy read. #throwitinyourTBRpile #jodipicoultlikedit

"You have to be the bravest person in the world to go out every day, being yourself when no one likes who you are."

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KarenUK
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#day7 #somethingborrowed #booktober I am lucky to have a wonderful friend @Tex who lends me books whenever she sees me add one to my Goodreads 'want to read'.... this is the most recent one, that she really loved, so has gone to the top of my TBR...

ReadingOver50 Such a nice friend 😄 3y
RealLifeReading That's great! 3y
wen4blu This is such a cute story. 3y
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slhbooks This book sounds really good. Another addition to the TBR 📚📚📚 3y
Lola Just finished this and really enjoyed it. Trivia note: the author is published as Matthew Green in England which the author suspects is to minimize potential jokes about his real last name 😲 3y
KarenUK @Lola Us Brits are so childish 😉 3y
Lola @KarenUK 😂😂😂It looks like you have the same edition that I do-when you're done with the story, read the bits in the back which include the author interview where he talks about this and also his book recommendations. Good stuff. 3y
KarenUK @Lola will do... thanks :) 3y
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Lola
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A real friend stopped by my table at Starbucks to chat this morning while I was reading. Had to stop and talk because, you know, it was a real friend who probably wouldn't have been happy if I didn't say, "HI!!!! Let me put this book away so we can chat!" So now I am sitting in my car, at work, and (very) late for work, because I have just 11 pages left and I HAVE TO FINISH!!! And of course post about it on Litsy.#booknerdprobs#underthelifluence

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Lola
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Last book in the first rotation of my Books on the Nightstand Postal Book Club. I'd never heard of this one (I love when that happens!) but at 100 pages in, I'm enjoying it so far. @Faibka @SandraD1

SandraD1 Yay!!! I'm so glad! I'm going to hear Matt speak on a panel tomorrow night with @mkindness !! Cue full throttle muppet arms! 😂 3y
Lola @SandraD1 That is so awesome! Man, I miss BOTNS 😥 But I'm so glad it inspired our group's existence! 3y
Faibka Awesome!!! I miss BOTNs too :( but also so happy to be part of the group and looking forward to another round!! 😄 3y
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VickiC
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I started reading this book in a library in a nearby suburb while I waited for my daughter to have her Physiotherapy sessions. I kept hiding the book on different shelves because I was scared that it would get borrowed before I finished it. The physio finished instead. But my daughter bought me the book as a thank you gift for driving her to her appointments. It's a great story and I cried at the end.

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sherrynuts
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I was skeptical of this one when it was suggested to me, but it was a great read and I now recommend it to others. You can't help but love the friends and cheer them on until the end.

Joanne1 I didn't love this one, but I'm not sure why. 3y
sherrynuts @Joanne1 There's nothing wrong with that. I often wonder if I had gone into reading a book with with different expectstions about it, would my feelings for the book have drastically changed? 3y
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Silentbeauty
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This book had me from page 1.

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TheNextBook
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I got this book on a whim and grabbed it! The first thing I thought of was the movie "Drop Dead Fred" which I loved as a child. This book captured that same magic I felt while watching that movie. It was funny but so genuine.

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bookoflastpages
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I enjoyed the creative perspective and the insight that Budo brought to the storytelling.

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the_need_to_read
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This book was just so much good. I still think about it often.

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Cut_The_Blah
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One of the most insightful reads and narrative from the mind of an autistic child. This is so real - you should never doubt the power and loyalty of an imaginary friend.

the_need_to_read I loved this book so much! 4y
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