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Imaginary Friend
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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An event two decades in the making, Stephen Chbosky's IMAGINARY FRIEND redefines the horror genre. Read it with the lights on. Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her seven-year-old son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.
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rather_be_reading
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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OMG OMG!!! and this is on my anniversary too!! think its a sign!

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itsjustme40something
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I was lucky enough to get my hands on this book coming out in Oct. 3 extraordinary things happened.
1) I stayed up til the wee hours of the night, unable to put this down.
2) I was left thoroughly unnerved by nothing more than my imagination running wild as this story had gotten under my skin.
3) A plot twist I never saw coming forced me to lay the book down, walk away & quietly contemplate how many other things I've gotten so completely wrong.

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kyraleseberg
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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3 stars.
I liked it overall but didn't love it.
Large sections could've been removed or heavily edited to the benefit of the story. Loved the relationship between Christopher and his mom. The creep factor is a slow burn but by the end I had actual goosebumps.
Heavily influenced by old school Stephen King, this is a horror story focusing on good vs. evil building to a Biblical battle.

kamoorephoto Want to read this!! 1mo
kyraleseberg @kamoorephoto I hope you enjoy it more than I did! 1mo
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kyraleseberg
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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I'm so torn on how to rate this! I had to adjust my expectations going in since his novel PERKS is my all-time favorite book and this is not only 20 years later but also a horror novel.
I didn't love it. In fact, it would certainly be a pan if not for the last 20% of the book. If I'm being honest, I wouldn't have even made it that far in this 700+ page book if it weren't by Chbosky.
Positives: Major Stephen King vibes: creepy, old school horror.

JackOBotts Perks is an all-time favorite of mine, as well. 1mo
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kyraleseberg
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The most highly anticipated book of the year for me. I've been waiting TWENTY YEARS for new Chbosky and it's a horror story 🤗
Starting an ARC thanks to the publisher & NetGalley!

TrishB Can‘t wait for this one. 1mo
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wintercherry
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Nasty head cold means finding a warm, sunny spot with a cup of tea and an excellent horror novel ✅✅✅

Bklover Can‘t wait to read this book! 1mo
Slajaunie How is it? I don‘t usually read horror but love scary movies. I like scary but not gore. 1mo
wintercherry @Slajaunie I‘m about 25% in, no gore, very creepy. 1mo
wintercherry In the end I didn‘t like it at all. It had so much promise but it dragged on and on. Too long, too repetitive, I skimmed the last hundred pages. 1mo
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Well-ReadNeck
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Chobosky has said that he loves Stephen King and that influence is clear in both the style and length of this novel. The early part of this novel feel a lot like King's short story The Body (made into the movie Stand By Me) and The Stranger Things vibe of the early novel changes into a more traditional horror which morphs into a classic 1980's horror movie bent (complete with biblical references) by the end. #netgalley

C.Perone I'm sold! 2mo
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Allietaylor16
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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I miss my bookstore job terribly, so I am super excited that my former coworkers sent me this ARC!!! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is my all-time favorite book, and I can‘t wait to read this one!!

TrishB Can‘t wait for this one! 2mo
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kate_reads
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower is my favorite book of all-time and I am just so excited to start Chbosky‘s second ever novel. And it‘s horror! 700 pages with tiny font size coming my way, SO pumped 💪🏽

KatieDid927 😱 2mo
TrishB Can‘t wait to read this! 2mo
kamoorephoto So want to read this!!!!! 1mo
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Schlinkles
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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@bookandcat and @TsundokuAleax Here are a few choices for the next round. Do any of these particularly interest you?

I have about 40 pages left in Heart of Iron and then it will be on its way.

#lmpbc

EH2018 Is this happeing again??? 2mo
Schlinkles @EH2018 My group has done like 6 rounds at this point. We enjoyed it so kept going. 2mo
bookandcat Well FML I just looked them all up and each went OMG THAT ONE so basically I guess that means I want to read them all and any one you pick is fine 😂 btw I'm trying to do my next read quickly so I can send two in one package to you, just fyi :-) 2mo
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Schlinkles @bookandcat Well perfect, I can just work through the stack for the next few rounds. 🤓 2mo
TsundokuAleax I really want to check out Gideon and a hard no for Imagery Friends. The other two I am good for if you would rather read those. 2mo
TsundokuAleax Also, I am so glad that we have such varied reading preferences and kept going. It has been a fun way to check out books I would not really pick up. 2mo
Schlinkles I think I‘m going to go with What Red Was initially for the next round. @TsundokuAleax and @bookandcat (edited) 2mo
Bklover How did you like Imaginary Friend? I can‘t wait to read it. 1mo
Schlinkles @Bklover Haven‘t gotten to it yet, but I‘m really eagerly anticipating it! 1mo
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Lisas.Library
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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laurenslibrary I DNF'd My Absolute Darling after like 20 pages 3mo
Lisas.Library @laurenslibrary ~ I DNF‘d too! I read about half and just didn‘t care for it at all. (edited) 3mo
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DebbieGrillo
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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After 20 years the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower puts out another book. This will be released on October 1st but it is going on my #TBR list right now.

TrishB Mine too 👍🏻 3mo
wanderinglynn Mine too 👍🏻 3mo
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rather_be_reading
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Thanks to @Liberty for posting this yesterday
I had no idea Chbosky had a new book out!!

riversong153 I want this in my brain now! 3mo
Clutterbucks_Queen This looks appealing! 3mo
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Liberty
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Evening reading: Getting ready to start this one. Wild to think that it has been almost 20 years since his last one.📚❤️📚

Kalalalatja @TrishB have you seen this?? 3mo
TrishB @Kalalalatja no!!!! Thanks for tag. A horror! Can‘t wait to try this one. 3mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB I know! It is definitely different! Horror isn‘t really my genre, but I have to read this 3mo
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