Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks

From Goodreads: “Budo is Max’s imaginary friend. But though only Max can see him, he is real. He and the other imaginary friends watch over their children until the day comes that the child stops imagining them. And then they’re gone. Budo has lasted a lot longer than most imaginary friends – four years – because Max needs him more. His parents argue about sending him to a special school. But Max is perfectly happy if everything is just kept the way it is, and nothing out of the ordinary happens. Unfortunately, something out of the ordinary is going to happen – and then he’ll need Budo more than ever…”

Simply put, “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend” by Matthew Dicks is a captivating read. Although it has been compared to “Room” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”, this novel seemed utterly fresh to me. Ultimately, whether you like the novel or not (and I did), it is not a story you will soon forget.

Budo is one of the most loyal, brave, and lovable, albeit imaginary, friends a boy could have. And, as events unfold, Max is definitely in need of a friend. As other reviews have promised, it is at times heartbreaking (I even got a little misty eyed, which is as rare as a rainy season in Colorado), but it is well worth the read. “Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend” is populated by richly imaginative characters, poignancy, and the true love of a best friend. This is a book told from the perspective of a child’s imaginary friend (with the unerringly accurate social observations that children so often make), so be prepared for simple structure, though certainly not simple content. I’d recommend this book if you’re a fan of interesting, original fiction or in need of a reminder that the powerful nature of friendship can come in many forms. Bottom line: I’d rate it 4/5. Look for Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend August 21, 2012.

Certifiably fresh fiction deserves an equally fresh summer recipe, no?

 The quintessentially summer “Simple Summer Spaghetti” from Jamie Oliver contains only red and yellow cherry tomatoes, black olives, garlic, red wine vinegar, lemon basil, marjoram, olive oil and spaghetti – yet it is practically divine (for a pasta recipe).

Photo: Goodreads, Jamie Oliver

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