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Imaginary Friend
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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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Karkar
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Was pretty good. Could have done with some editing to get the length down.

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Frankie00
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One of the best psychological thrillers I‘ve read in years. The story pulled me in instantly and the twists and turns, and connections to each character kept me gripped until the very last page. The length of the book made me hesitant at first but I‘m so glad I didn‘t let that stop me as it‘s now one of my favourite books. 🤯🏆

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Panpan

Though it has moments of emotional beauty, ultimately Imaginary Friend reads as an envious and highly inferior clone of Stephen King‘s It.

Reggie Omg this was sooooo much longer than it needed to be. 8mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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A perfect spooky read for October, I devoured these 700 pages in two days. With hints of Stephen King and Stranger Things, the creep factor is high and left me shaken over and over again. As a lapsed Catholic, the small town of Mill Grove was achingly familiar to my own hometown; weekly CCD and the questions of morality and redemption could have come from my own childhood. Even when the book veers into intense religious allegory, I was hooked. 5⭐️

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Pearrr
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Reggie If you end up enjoying it I‘m happy for you. But man, this one ran a couple hundred pages too long for me. Good luck! 12mo
Pearrr @Reggie Lol ! Yes it was a long one and I started to lose interest. It started off sooooo strong 😩 12mo
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Reggie
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Mehso-so

I made it through!!!! This book was a pick up until the 400 pg mark where he starts writing the same scene, character in peril, character gets saved, no stakes, over and over and over again, for 300 more pages. 7 yo Christopher walks into the woods. Disappears for 6 days and comes back a little different and with an imaginary friend. There were some horrific scenes in here like one that takes place at a Chucky Cheese but a lot of it felt like👇🏼

Reggie a hodge podge of other horror sewn together to make this book. A lot of Stephen King, some Nightmare on Elm Street, and there is a scene where I just stopped reading and said-Memento, he‘s writing Memento right now. Also, why was Emily Bertovich in hell? That didn‘t make sense to me. Anyways, overall, it was alright but more on the so-so side. 1y
rockpools I might not! But I really enjoyed your review/photo review 😁 1y
TrishB 😂😂 agree with you but I still loved it ❤️ 1y
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batsy Lololol! Love the image and review. 1y
Twainy MWA hahahaha I LOVE your review! I loved the book but there‘s about 15% that I‘d remove or change. His homage to a few King books made me smile. Now I need to go read Momento. 👍🏼 1y
AmyG Agreed. This book would have been wonderful if seriously edited. 1y
Megabooks This is the best picture for a mediocre chunkster ever!! 1y
Leftcoastzen I agree with @Megabooks !😆 1y
readordierachel Gotta admit I'm curious about the Chuck E Cheese now 😂 1y
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 This image!! 1y
Reggie @rockpools lol, thanks. I‘d say you‘re ok skipping this. 😊 1y
Reggie @TrishB ❤️❤️❤️😄 1y
Reggie @batsy it was tooooooo long. Thanks! 😊 1y
Reggie @Twainy lol, thanks! I don‘t know if Memento is a book but definitely check out the movie. The part in the book is where the sheriff keeps waking up and forgetting things but then he realizes he‘s written stuff on his arm to remember. Straight out of Memento. Lol 1y
Reggie @Amyg oh, AmyG, I could have read a whole nuther book in those last 300 pages. Lol (edited) 1y
Reggie @Megabooks @Leftcoastzen Lol, thanks you , ladies! 😊 1y
Reggie @readordierachel if you want me to save you 700 pages I‘m tell you what the scene is...... ooo eeee oooo (that‘s my scary sound) 1y
Reggie @LeahBergen it‘s how I totally felt after those last 300 pages. 😄 1y
Centique @Reggie I totally heard Doctor Who music when you made your scary sound comment. Of course you might have meant an entirely different oooo eeee oooo 1y
Centique PS I LOVE the movie Memento. 😍 1y
Reggie @Centique if the eeee goes high, cause I‘ve never watched Dr. Who, it‘s probably the same sound.Lol and me too! When I lived in Las Cruces we had this little indie movie theatre on the outskirts of town that was run by nothing but volunteers. I watched it there. 1y
Bookzombie Great review and image. I can‘t decide if I want to unstack or not. 😂 1y
Reggie @Bookzombie Thanks, Margie! Yeah, a lot of people here on Litsy who I trust gave it a pick, so you never know? It could be for you. 1y
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Reggie
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So on your bottom left we have pandemic, Grizzly Adams, homeless looking man, Reggie. And on your bottom right is going back to work today for the first time since Halloween, Reggie. Taken a day apart. Lol wish me luck, Littens. And in between, the book that feels like I will never get through. I have built it up to be much more of a monster in my head than it needs to be. Happy Reading!

dylanisreading Good luck! 1y
Bookzombie Good luck! Both photos are great! 🍀 1y
LeahBergen 😆😆 Enjoy your workday! 1y
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AmyG I SO understand this! Both pics are 🙌🏻! Good luck....you may find it great to be at work again with people! As for this book- I suggest a skim when needed. It should be half the size-it would have worked better. 1y
TrishB Good luck back at work 👍🏻 I loved this book ♥️ 1y
JennyM Hope you had a good first day back. I went back into the office a few weeks ago and it was so weird and tiring! Look after yourself dear Reggie 😘 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I started off hating wfh but now I‘m dreading having to go back to the office. I hope you have a great first day back! 1y
vivastory Looking good, friend!! Good luck at work! I enjoyed the book, despite some of the clumsy moralizing 1y
readordierachel I like both Reggies. Good luck!! 1y
quietjenn Good luck! 1y
TNbookworm Hope you had a great back to work day! 1y
NikkiM5 I had a phone meeting with my boss, while wearing a onesie. No judgment here 😆 hope your first day back went smooth. 1y
KathyWheeler I hope you have/had a good day back at work. I‘m still mostly at home. I only go into the library if I have to really concentrate on something or if my internet is down. I really prefer working from home. 1y
britt_brooke Hope it was a great day! 1y
Reggie @Bianca @Bookzombie @LeahBergen @AmyG @TrishB @JennyM @Prairiegirl_reading @vivastory @readordierachel @quietjenn @TNbookworm @NikkiM5 @KathyWheeler @britt_brooke Thanks for the good thoughts, friends! Today was a TOTAL dumpster fire of a day. There have been really bad situations at this job that I would have picked to do over than have today. Lol, but luckily we had some really nice customers and as a crew we pulled through and that‘s all I 1y
Reggie can really ask for. 1y
Bookzombie I hope tomorrow is a better day! 💗 1y
CarolynM Looking good, Reggie😀 1y
batsy What @readordierachel said! 😁 Hope tomorrow is a better day, Reggie. 1y
rohit-sawant Looking awesome in both! 🙌🏼 Hope the next day is better. 1y
ValerieAndBooks I like both versions of you 😄 and hope being back at work gets better as time goes on. 1y
NikkiM5 You made it 💪🏽 and hopefully tomorrow is better 1y
Centique Man you even look handsome in your grizzly form Reggie! I hope your work days have improved. I just spent a dumpster fire day looking after the elderly one who had a medical procedure and much vomiting and bodily fluids. (I haven‘t seen The Exorcist but I‘m going with the comparison 😂) All better now but I‘m wishing us both some PEACE and JOY and recovery time. 💕💕 1y
Centique PS I too turn books into a monster in my head. Why is it that you just sorta get this mental block around continuing some books? I turn it into too much of a chore sometimes 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Reggie @Centique Oh Nooo! I hope he recovers ok. I‘m glad he has someone like you in his life to take care of him. And yikes to the Exorcist body fluids. I hope you get some rest this weekend. This book- I‘m barely making it to 500 pages tonight and still have 200 more to go. I just keep thinking of the books I WANT to read. But it‘s for postal club so I don‘t want to not play by the rules. Anyways, I hope you have a good weekend and read a lot.❤️ 1y
Suet624 I‘m kind of blown away that this is your first day back in months. Somehow I‘ve completely normalized working at city hall since July. I love your photos. And I totally understand this book dilemma. 1y
Reggie @Suet624 lol, I know what you mean, Sue. The first day back, on a Tuesday of all days, we were packed! And I just thought don‘t people have work or something. Lol oof and since finishing this book I‘ve only read one book. It‘s totally slumped me. Hope you have a good weekend! 1y
sprainedbrain This was most definitely a book I would not have loved like I did if I hadn‘t done audio. 13mo
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Reggie
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🎵It‘s the most. Hated timeeeee of the week🎶 Lol the books not bad so far.

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peachybat
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The book was a little slow in the beginning but it definitely got so much better. I couldn't put it down! It was probably one of the craziest books I've ever read.

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peachybat
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Currently reading this. So far, so good.

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BookwormAHN
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the very disturbing first half but the ending was a religious mess. You have a kid who starts talking to a plastic bag, creepy woods, insane parents and one overly religious teenager plus a whole town that goes nuts. It started so well.
#ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious

abookishbutterfly I loved the start, but not the finish, too. 2y
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DGRachel
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Bailedbailed

I knew this was horror, and the mailbox people were terrifying. Few horror tropes scare me as much as haunted children and zombies, but I was committed to finishing until all of the child abuse. Hard nope for me. Bailing at 34%.

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alecia3dixie
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I really liked this one, despite it being so long, I found it very interesting and always kept me wanting more. I didn't even mind the length because I liked each character and there was something new, or a new piece to the puzzle, or maybe even another puzzle. I felt like a few things were a bit repetitive and said too often, so I'm going to give this one a 4.5/5

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walkwithabook
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I started this on November 18, 2020.

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chlolovesbooks
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

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OnConnersCorner
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sprainedbrain I‘ve read this one, but I loved it! 2y
Reggie As long as it isn‘t Joe Hill‘s The Fireman which I read twice because of a bookclub, I‘m good. 2y
DGRachel It‘s on my TBR, but I thought it was way too long for LMPBC. Is my edition just deceptively fluffy? 2y
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DGRachel @Reggie 🤣🤣 2y
Reggie Hi Elizabeth, just stopping in to say I mailed out the second book today. Sooo hopefully around the 1-3, it gets there to you. 2y
Reggie Hi Elizabeth, Just stopping in to say the 3rd book is in the mail as of today. 1y
Reggie Hi Elizabeth! Just dropping in to say that I put your book back in the mail to you just now. Thanks for the book and happy reading in your future! 1y
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GreenGrl87
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OMG thank you @j.rye You‘re the best! I love all of my #HauntedHallowSwap goodies so much! 😍🎃👻 #OpeningDay (there‘s more but Naru was being a hog lol) great picks for the candies too!! Thank you again, this really brightened my day! Happy Halloween!

wanderinglynn Great box! 🎃🖤🧡☠️ 2y
Pageturner1 i love your cat‘s whiskers!! 2y
GreenGrl87 @Pageturner1 aww, thank you! 2y
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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

I had started and stopped so many books recently that I was glad I finally found one that stuck with me. Though I did feel like it dragged on at some points (specifically the chase scene towards the end), I enjoyed this novel overall and was finally glad to get a solid October read in.

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Arvena
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Thanks for the tag! @MoonWitch94

#ThoughtfulThursday

🎃 Yes, I do
🎃 Both

@MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 WOW! I absolutely love your Jack O‘Lanterns! 🎃🖤 2y
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BookishTrish
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Mehso-so

I liked the Stranger Things / early Stephen King vibe and the basic storyline & characters BUT I also found the fanged deer more ridiculous than scary and the writing too repetitive for my liking (maybe 5 less frog coming to a boil passages?) I‘m handing it off to my 13-year old who I think will LOVE it. Thanks again for this one @FantasyChick

MrBook Great review and pic! I gave the boom a down-vote too. I was hoping for much more, but it was a nice King homage. 2y
charl08 Love the photo - so dramatic! 2y
AmyG Yes. I agree. And I found this book way too long. 2y
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BookishTrish
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Genuine question: Can hissing be visible? 🤔

Amiable I guess if the hissing is strong enough to include spittle? 😀 2y
Hooked_on_books If it‘s cold, sure. Just like speech. 2y
Reggie Ok so I just wanted to say that there is a metaphor in this book that goes the automatic doors opened and swallowed her like a whale. And I just want to know if whales swim sideways or if their mouths open side to side now. Whatever, Chbosky!!!! This book bugs me. I just finished it. 1y
BookishTrish @Reggie I hate when books use figurative language in a way that pulls you out of the story. 1y
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Tianarose
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Pickpick

It‘s soooooooo looooonng!!!! Great story though! I really enjoyed it, kept me guessing!

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JackOBotts
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Mehso-so

I'm finding it hard to articulate how I feel about this read...a little disappointed, perhaps. I knew that Imaginary Friend was a departure from his debut novel, but I was excited to see how a novel “20 years in the making“ would pan out. Well...it wasn't for me. It felt too long (700+ pages) & I didn't stay engaged with the characters. I definitely got Stephen King vibes - in the subject matter, the path the story took, & the length! #Screamathon

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Tianarose
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Starting October off right

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JackOBotts
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Physical stack for the #Screamathon! First up: Imaginary Friend. 👻 💀 🎃

Cathythoughts Whisper Man was nice & creepy ...looking forward to Moshfegh 2y
JackOBotts @Cathythoughts - awesome to know! I‘m a big Moshfegh fan, so I‘m sure I‘ll enjoy that, too! I‘ve never read Sager, but we‘ll see how much progress I make this month! 📚 2y
4thhouseontheleft Great pick to start with! 2y
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ScrappinMom
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I recently finished Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky. It is definitely near the top of my faves this year. #mbcreadathon #mbcgiveaway6

MonthlyBookClub Got your entry for check in 6! 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Finishing the tagged book gave me two bingos!

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

wanderinglynn w00t! 🙌🏻🎉 2y
TheAromaofBooks You're making fabulous progress!!! I really love your colorful bingo card! 2y
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Addison_Reads
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So glad that #BookSpinBingo finally pushed me to read this one. @TheAromaofBooks

I went in not expecting much. I tend to compare all horror novels to Stephen King, but this one was quite enjoyable.

I love horror told from a kid's point of view because it just makes it extra spooky. The idea of the imaginary world made me think of the upside down world in Stranger Things, but I liked the way the author handled it.

Overall, it's a solid read.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Joysiam
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Panpan

Just too many words, and I love words.

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BookNightOwl
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Mehso-so

Started off really good. I was into it. Kind of gave me Stranger Thing vibes. Then it just got really strange and kind of confusing and couldn't focus on it as well. I did listen to the audiobook to help me get through it. The audiobook narrator is fantastic!

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Decalino
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Mehso-so

I didn't love this book, which seemed to be an effort to write a Stephen King/Joe Hill kids in supernatural danger thriller. For one thing, the kids should have been at least 11 or 12; 7 was wildly implausible. Also, there was just too much, for too long, too much racing around pursued by nightmares in a hellish theologically-tinged fever dream. The ending somewhat made up for things, but I was exhausted by that point.

MySharonaK Do you also feel it was repetitive? 2y
Decalino @MySharonaK yes! The chase scenes seemed to play on a loop. 2y
MySharonaK @Decalino right! too bad, though, it could have been so much better 2y
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amma-keep-reading
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wow. just wow!

this book was brilliant! i love a plot that zigs and zags with an ending that makes me chuckle by its sheer ingenuity. i'm still shaking my head.

if this turns into a movie, i hope the writers, directors, producers do it justice.

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 51 I listened to this VERY long, very weird book (over 24 hours on 1.25 speed) by the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and coauthor of Wonder. This comes out of left field! Part-thriller, part-horror, you never know where this book is heading or where it will end up. Feels nightmaresque. It may be a great read for you, but I can't recommend it.

TrishB I loved it 👍🏻 but agree with your review. 2y
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FantasyChick
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"Don't leave the street"

Had to go through half my shelves before finding one ?

#bookhunt
@ShyBookOwl

MsMelissa Hey! It‘s Melissa. Remember me? I‘m back after a long Litsy break, but have a whole new account. 2y
FantasyChick @Book_Fiend_Melissa AAAAHHHHH!!!!! I've been wondering what happened to you! Figured you took a long break but I still stalked your account now and then to see if I missed anything. Sooo happy to have you back 😘😘😘 2y
MsMelissa Thank you! Surprisingly, I read way off Litsy than I did when I was on it. I hope my rejoining doesn‘t change that 🤣 2y
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Melkyl
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Mehso-so

This is a strange book. There were times I couldn‘t put it down. There were times I wanted to DNF it. I can see why it is compared with Stephen King books, because it is definitely creepy. Bottom line, though, is this book is too long. King books never feel tedious to me. This one felt like the editor needed to cut out at least 200 pages. The concept here with religious overtones is fascinating. I wish I would have liked this more.

j.rye 💯 percent how I felt. An abridged version could be really good. 2y
Melkyl @j.rye yes, so good. I liked the story. 2y
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jdiehr
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Panpan

Dear Mr Chbosky,

Great idea for a story. So great, in fact, it made me leave my comfort zone and dip my toe into the horror genre.

But then...well, what happened? Did you set yourself a goal of 700 pages and decide to fill them no matter what? You know you could have written a book half that long without all the repetition, right?

I felt as tortured as your characters.

Sincerely,
Disappointed Reader

BehindthePages I see a lot of reviews similar to this. I think I'm going to take it off my to read list. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ll remove this from my stacked lost!! Thank you!! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

As many have already said, I found that this book starts strong then gets a bit repetitive. Additionally, there‘s a twist at about the 3/4 mark that just didn‘t work for me, which is problematic as the rest of the book relied upon it. It also went to an overtly religious place that I didn‘t expect and wasn‘t happy about. And thanks for making deer sinister, Stephen! 😑

LL1964 I agree completely! 2y
vivastory I wasn't a fan of the overt religious theme, but I had to give it a pick due to sheer ambition. Even if he didn't stick the landing. 2y
Hooked_on_books @vivastory Through much of this book, I expected to give it a pick. But when the reveal of the nice man and the hissing lady occurred, it just didn‘t work for me. So I was already feeling a little iffy. And, to be honest, the religious stuff just made me mad. I‘m not religious at all and I felt he snuck it in, coloring the entire book. I considered panning it, frankly. But it is indeed ambitious and I enjoyed a lot of it. 2y
vivastory I can definitely understand that. I'm not religious so I was a bit put off by that... 2y
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Straycat
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Panpan

I enjoyed this book a lot in the beginning. It does feels like a children‘s book at times, which is fine since you‘re in the mind of a little boy. Towards the middle of the book everything felt very repetitive and drawn out and it continued with that feel the rest of the way through. I almost DNF this. It would have been better if it was shorter, unfortunately.

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jdiehr
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This 700 page book could have been 400 pages if the author would just stop repeating himself.

I'm so annoyed, but I'm determined to finish at this point.

C'mon, kid, just save the world already.

AmyG Exactly. 2y
LazyDays Perfect picture for you feelings! 2y
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j.rye
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Mehso-so

I am shocked that I was able to finish this book in three days. This book is way too long for the payoff. The whole middle portion could be completely removed and the book would be just as effective. I liked a lot of the characters and the abstract story line, but the book wasn‘t enjoyable overall. It was so repetitive and drawn out. Right on the edge of pan.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I love that scene from the movie though! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks for the review - been curious about this one but put off by the length 2y
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j.rye
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This is the most unnecessarily long book I have ever read. I think I would like it if it wasn‘t so repetitive and drawn out.... but I can‘t even tell at this point. It just goes on and on, my friend.

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Amber0702
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Pickpick

I loved this book! It was so much more then I was expecting and I didnt know where it was taking me. I finished this book a couple weeks ago now and I'm still thinking about it..
I've never read a book like it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

This was almost a so-so for me because I felt like it was unnecessarily long and a bit repetitive. But, the story was extremely well written and creative. I loved the mix of Stephen King and Stranger Things vibe that I got from this with the underdog kids and weird powers. Creepy story. Mostly entertains. A pick from me - about 3.5 stars, I would say. #botm

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paulareadsallthetime
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed reading this book! It kept me interested and wondering what would happen next.

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Amaryie
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My March Reads...I‘d say it was pretty successful

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KristenDuck
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Let me clarify there are several notable characters and much more happens than what I am about to describe!

Christopher lives with his mom, who is pretty down on her luck, but after Christopher meets his imaginary friend, things change. Christopher is suddenly intelligent, his mother wins the lottery, they get a house.

All things come at a price!

Lots of religious references, but I ended up really appreciating the detail and plot. Solid ending!

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TamTracy
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I really enjoyed this book. I have two criticisms. The first is that it was about 200 pages too long. It was super twisty and a couple could have been removed. The second is that it started out as very creepy but by the end the gruesomeness was constant and I became desensitized. Very interesting premise and unique story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TamTracy
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Pickpick

1. Famous novelist
2. Bookstore
3. Inspiration - I‘d love to see others views of me.
4. Shred it. Could be therapeutic.

#manicmonday

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vivastory
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I admire an author who wears their influence on their sleeve, while also creating something fresh. Chbosky achieves this in his sophomore novel, clearly influenced by King & with significant nods to at least 3 King novels. We really don't see epic horror books like this published anymore, I would have finished it several days ago if not for news cycle distractions. I will say that I'm not 💯 convinced, he sticks the landing. Going to have to 👇

vivastory mull it over for a couple of days. Can't say anything about it without going into spoiler territory, but I would definitely recommend this one to horror fans. 2y
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