Memoirs of an Imagainary Friend
author Matthew Dicks
publisher Macmillan, St. Martin's Press
to be published late August 2012
When I read the opening excerpt, I was instantly hooked!
Budo, our narrator, is an imaginary friend. No one can see or talk to him except Max who imagined him in the first place five years ago, and other imaginary friends. Max has Aspergers and difficulty making decisions. Budo helps him, so Max has kept him around. Therefore Budo is ancient at age five.
While Max is asleep, Budo goes places near the house. One of his favorite places is the gas station. One night there is a hold-up robbery and someone is shot. Gasp!
Another night, a boy two grades ahead of Max, throws a rock through Max's bedroom window. This causes Max to "freeze."
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although at times some of Budo's thoughts and narration are simplistic. But of course, he's an imaginary friend who has a difficult time figuring out the "real" world.