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This review andcan be viewed on my blog at The Muses CircleI wish there was a Heaven If I knew there was a Heaven for me, then I would save Max for sure I wouldn t be afraid because there would be a place to go after this place Another place But I don t think there is a Heaven, and I definitely don t think there is a Heaven for imaginary friends Heaven is only supposed to be for people who God made, and God didn t make me Max made me I normally don t start my reviews with a quote, but there are so many great, thought provoking lines like this in which Budo delivers throughout Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, that I just had to share one of my favorites And some people call this book, or the writing of this book, insipid and facile Yeah, I ll get to that later.Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks is quite an ambitious novel My initial first thought How the author was going to differentiate between imaginary friends and ghosts After all, on the surface they do have some similaritiesor one might think But I soon discovered I had nothing to fear In fact, the difference between ghosts and imaginary friends does get addressed in the book by Budo himself He says,Ghosts were alive once Imaginary friends are never alive in the real world Dicks did a great job building the world and mythology of imaginary friends Every child has a different way of coping with the uncertainties of life, whether it be parents that argue on a daily basis, a life threatening illness, starting school and the social anxieties that comes with it, etc Perhaps the easiest way to conquer these fears is to share the burden with someone and what better way to do that then to create an imaginary friend In Matthew Dicks world, these friends can come in many different shapes and sizes and can disappear as quickly as they are imagined That is why Budo is so very special Not only does he look like a real human but he is over 5 years old which is unheard of in the world of imaginary friends This is all thanks to Max, the 8 year old boy who created him.As the synopsis states above, Max is different then many of the children he goes to school with While it is never stated what Max s diagnosis is, it doesn t take a genius to figure out that he has a form of autism or Aspergers Syndrome While this causes turmoil in the lives of his parents, teachers, and even some of his classmates, Budo is the only one who seems to accept and understand Max for who he is In fact, I originally thought that the book s agenda was to find out what s wrong with Max I couldn t have beenwrong This is Budo s story and it is told in his perspective And while he loves Max and knows deep down that Max being different is the reason he has been alive for so long, he still fears the day when Max will stop believing in him Because when that happens, Budo will start to fade away like so many imaginary friends have done before him.The whole concept of a child s imagination reminds me of the Romantic poets, most specifically William Wordsworth He believed that children were the closest to God because the depths of their imagination and innocence hadn t been tarnished by the realities of adulthood But the older a child gets, theresponsibility is placed on his her shoulders, and the child is forced to grow up By the time a child reaches adulthood, he she has forgotten about imaginary friends, instead replaced with work, paying bills, and trying to fit into society s standards We see the beginning stages of this theory in Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend The reason many of the imaginary friends Budo knows disappear before him is because the children that created them are growing up, therefore, they are no longer needed.While Max is very intelligent, he also is introverted and struggles with social skills This is why Budo is needed, to help Max with fending off bullies like Tommy Swinden, or to stand guard in the bathroom while Max makes a bonus poop as Budo likes to call them Yes, I did say bonus poop Did I forget to mention this book is also hilarious Now to clear up some things First and foremost, some people have been confused as to the genre and reading level this book should fall under Some reviewers have given Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend a 2 star rating because they felt it struggles to find an audience This is an ADULT novel that just so happens to have a 5 year old imaginary friend as a narrator I would go so far as to say that mature young adults would enjoy this novel as well I m not sure why people automatically assume that if a child is the narrator or if the language is simple then it is considered a young adult novel.Speaking of simple , let s talk about the writing style of this book Some have complained that the story and writing is babyish , insipid , and facile Ummdid they miss the fact that the narrator is a 6 year old imaginary friend that was created by an 8 year old boy What do they expect, Budo to start talking in flowery Shakespearean prose If anything, I think Matthew Dicks did an amazing job creating Budo s voice and making it realistic And I am confused as to how someone could think the story is shallow or that the author ignores the complexities of the issues Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I wonder if they realize what the issues of the story actually are I think people are going into this book thinking it is going to be all about Max and his condition and how the people around him deal with it or try to fix him While Max is vital to the story, it is NOT HIS STORY Budo is the narrator and this is about his journey as an imaginary friend, his fears as to where friends like him go when they fade away.I will say I agree that some of what Budo says is repetitive and somewhere in the middle, the story does lose a little steam But as you can see by my rating, it didn t bother me enough to take away a whole star The ending makes up for the little dry spell and somehow the repetitiveness fits, probably because it is never far from my mind that Budo was thought up by an 8 year old boy with limited social skills But some of the things Budo ponders are questions that sometimes kids ask that we as adults don t have the patience to answer It reminds me that sometimes the most honest answers come from small children because their responses aren t clouded with the complexities we are used to as grown ups.The last thing I want to point out is my love for Oswald, the only imaginary friend that Budo fears Without spoiling anything, Budo must find the courage to go to Oswald in order to help Max The reason I am bringing Oswald up is because I couldn t help but think of the movie Ghost starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg Remember when Patrick Swayze sees the ghost on the train that can actually touch and move things Well that ghost reminds me of Oswald, and Budo in that moment reminds me of Patrick Swayze Pretty interesting parallel and I have to wonder if the author was or is aware of it Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a rare breed of novel that can affect a person on so many different levels Read it if you want to laugh Read it if you want to be moved to tears Read it if you want something to think about long after the last page has been read Just remember to go into this story with an open mind, remember that this is Budo s story, not Max s, and this is not a doctor s manual on autism or Aspergers This is a great book for teachers that will prompt many discussions with your students This is a great book if you are a parent with small children or if you vaguely remember your very own imaginary friend Whatever the case may be, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a book with heart, and Budo is one character that I will never forget Well done, Matthew Dicks.Mia The Muses Circle Flipping ahead, like cholesterol, can be bad or good Bad flipping ahead means I m losing interest and either looking for a reason to keep reading, or skimming through the rest of the plot before I stop reading.Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was subjected to good flipping ahead Part way through, I simultaneously couldn t stand the suspense and didn t want to rush this wonderful journey with Max and his imaginary friend Budo, so I flipped ahead a little, then came back to relish the details.I was a little nervous about Matthew Dicks third book I d loved his first, Something Missing, for its bizarre premise, quirky protagonist, and the unravelling of a precarious existence His second book, Unexpectedly, Milo, seemed a variation on a riff, but not as engaging and too repetitive.Dicks has proven his versatility by writing his third novel from the point of view of a figment of a 9 year old boy s imagination, who is nevertheless complex and human What does carry over from Dicks previous writing is a compelling, structured world that of imaginary friends and their creators that evolves unpredictably with time.Rarely do I read a book that I know so little about Having heard about the premise at Dicks session at the 2011 BOTNS retreat, I was eagerly awaiting this book s publication August 2012 in North America , and found an advance readers copy at The Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid, NY, on the way to Booktopia 2012 VT Each plot point was a surprise, and I recommend avoiding reviews before reading this book.And read it you must E-pub ♺ Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend ⚇ 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 OtherwiseBudo Is Lucky As Imaginary Friends Go He S Been Alive For 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 DisappearMax 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 I m sorry to say that I didn t love this book like I thought I would Yes, the title is Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend but I thought it would be told from the POV of Max, the little boy, not Budo, the imaginary friend From Budo s perspective, the story is told, not shown And, tbh, it came across to me as a little preachy at times It was like Budo was this all knowing, all wise person who was imparting his wisdom to us imbeciles.I really loved 600 Hours of Edward and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, both of which had MCs with autism Asperger s syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder and were told from their POV I found those characters utterly fascinating But because we didn t see Max s world through his eyes, I didn t see the point of this book.Also, in a couple of instances, I felt like the author had some unresolved personal issues that he addressed in a passive aggressive manner through Budo Or maybe that s just me Either way Have you ever watched a movie where you knew how it was going to end right from the beginning, but you still cried when the ending came anyway That s what happened to me with Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.Budo is Max s imaginary friend He lookshuman than most imaginary friends, can pass through doors and windows, and he loves Max The bad part is that if Max stops believing in him, Budo will disappear Max s life moves as smoothly as it can for a child with a mental disability until one of his teachers does something that endangers his life Now it s up to Budo to rescue him, even if the costs him his own existence.The best part of Matthew Dicks third novel was its voice The writing style stayed fresh and consistent it never felt fake or gimmicky Dicks kept Budo in character and impressed me tremendously with the execution of this unique story.What this book constantly made me think of was this quote from My Sister s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Kids think with their brains cracked wide open becoming an adult, I ve decided, is only a slow sewing shut. Children keep their minds wide open, and it s adults who force themselves into corners because they have to deal with the harshness of reality Just an interesting thought that Dicks incorporated into the book.Overall, I highly recommend Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend to those searching for a different story with a touch of magical realism It ll make you question what you think about imaginary friends perhaps I should get one of my own review cross posted on my blog, the quiet voice. Damn if this book doesn t get me right in the feels. Content 4 stars Reading mood during and after 5 stars Interesting read from the point of view of an suspected autistic boy s imaginary friend, Budo This book is full of imagination with great descriptions of the imaginary friends Budo, is a great character you might end up loving like I did and may take you back to your own childhood It may start slow for some but it gets better quickly once the twist is revealed Plus, the ending was worth the read Matthew Dicks did a good job of writing this book in an emotional, captivating, charming, and suspenseful way The author is a teacher and is well versed in school structure function and knowledge of autism Can t wait to readfor him Good read for teachers, teachers in training or anybody that want to read a great book Highly recommend this book. On every level, this book is worthy of five stars The story is original, touching and memorable Budo the narrator and main character is a captivating mixture of innocence, childlike wisdom, love, wonder and fear Matthew Green s characters are so vivid that they remain with the reader after the book is finished Right from the opening page, the novel engaged my full attention, stirring up emotions that grew stronger as the story progressed Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a masterclass in storytelling.Budo is the imaginary friend of a nine year old boy named Max Though not explicitly stated, it is implied that Max suffers from some type of autistic spectrum disorder we are told that he is different Max s mother and father argue over whether or not to raise him as normal Max does not like to be touched when faced with too many stimuli or choices, he becomes stuck , retreating into his inner universe and becoming unreachable for a period at school, he is bullied because of his unorthodox way of relating to the world Budo lives in constant fear of disappearing Imaginary friends, you see, exist only as long as their imaginer believes in them Having existed for five years, Budo is the oldest imaginary friend he knows When Max is abducted from school, Budo witnesses the crime and recognises the abductor He is unable to tell anyone, though, as Max is the only human who can see or hear him Setting out on a quest to save Max, Budo enlists the help of other imaginary friends These strange creatures come in an intoxicating array of forms, as imagined by their human creators Budo s desire to save his friend is driven by two forces 1 his transcendent love for Max 2 his fear that Max might stop believing in him, which would lead to his vanishing into nonexistence As Budo and friends face seemingly insurmountable obstacles on their journey, Green builds tension and wonder in equal quantitities.In addition to posing existential questions in a new way, the story is heart wrenchingly poignant The narrative is dotted with Budo s incisive observations of human nature These truths are sometimes sad, often funny, always clever They stem from an imaginary being viewing human behaviour with objectivity and the infallible logic of a child As narrators go, Budo is perfect endearing, lovable, logical, loyal, brave, observant and full of initiative.If you have a heart, this book will move you to tears If you open your mind, Green s characters will step into it and fill you with wonder.A life changing story A paradigm shift Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend isthan a novel it s an echo chamber of profound emotions, thoughts and ideas And perhaps most of all, it s a reminder of the sacred nature of friendship.Buy it Read it Be changed for the better. Here is what I know My Name is Budo.I have been alive for five years.Five years is very long for someone like me to be alive.Max gave me my name.Max is the only human person who can see me.Max s parents call me an imaginary friend.I love Max s teacher, Mrs Gosk.I do not like Max s other teacher, Mrs Patterson.I am not imaginary.So begins one of the most unusual and frustrating books I have ever read, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green.Many kids have imaginary friends, who last for varying periods of time, disappearing somewhere along the way as their creators grow up What if they are not imaginary, but inhabit a strange twilight world where they can be seen only by one another, and the children who created them The author builds his tale on this intriguing premise, and creates a fantasy world which is unique.In Budo s world, imaginary friends are built the way their creators imagined them to be Budo is luckier than most, because he is of normal size, can talk, and can pass through closed doors and windows many imaginary friends are mute, some are tiny and one is even shaped like a spoon Max, an autistic child, cannot interact properly with the world All his suppressed creativity has gone into the production of Budo, and it is Budo who sustains him through difficult situations And it is through Budo s eyes we come to know the world of Max.So far, so good But having built this beautiful fantasy world, Matthew Green lets us down with an almighty thud by turning it into the story of a kidnapping and rescue.In my opinion, this was a wasted opportunity Using the medium imaginary friends, the author could have told asignificant story, especially about the claustrophobic world of an autistic child But instead, what we get is a suspense tale It is well told though the suspense factor could work better in the case of young adults than mature readers to me, it was very clear how it was going to end , and the child s eye view narration is easy to read and fast moving In this sense, there is a similarity to Room, but I felt that that novel explored deeper issues Max s rapid growth to self sufficiency when faced with a real crisis is attractive, and Budo s prompting him at each and every step underlining his status as Max s alter ego is well done, but the novel quickly loses whatever depth it had towards the end And the ending, I felt, was extremely trite.Still, an enjoyable read if you are not having any great expectations. Started yesterday, and I couldn t put it down I loved every moment I spent with Budo and his friend, Max, and I just can t recommend this highly enough, especially for people who liked A Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime, or Room I think I actually liked this a little better than both of those There were some very tender moments, some very sad moments, some very funny moments I went through waykleenax than I was anticipating I can t wait to start lending this out to people