Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

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 otherwise Budo is lucky as imagi

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 otherwise.Budo 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 oImaginary 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 otherwise.Budo 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 disappear.Max 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.

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  1. Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing, Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and the upcoming The Other Mother His novels have been translated into than 25 languages worldwide Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend was the 2014 Dolly Gray Award winner and is nominated for a 2017 Nutmeg Award in Connecticut He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and the musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks Stones, and Summertime He has written comic books for Double Take comics He is a columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in Reader s Digest, The Hartford Courant, Parents magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor He was awarded first prize for opinion writing in 2015 by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists When not hunched over a computer screen, Matthew fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller, a speaking coach, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach, and a Lord of Sealand He has been teaching for 18 years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.Matthew is a 30 time Moth StorySLAM champion and four time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast He has also told stories for This American Life, TED, The Colin McEnroe Show, The Story Collider, The Liar Show, Literary Death Match, The Mouth, and many others He has performed in such venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Wilbur Theater, The Academy of Music in North Hampton, CT, The Bynam Theater of Pittsburgh, The Bell House in NYC, The Lebanon Opera House, Boston University, and Infinity Hall in Hartford, CT.He is a regular guest on several Slate podcasts, including The Gist, where he teaches storytelling.Matthew is also the co founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England He teaches storytelling and public speaking to individuals, corporations, and school districts around the world He has most recently taught at Yale University, The University of Connecticut Law School, Purdue University, The Connecticut Historical Society, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Miss Porter s School, The Berkshire School, and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil Matthew is the creator and co host of Boy vs Girl, a podcast about gender and gender stereotypes Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.

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  1. I am a horrible person ME I am worse than a horrible person I am a killer I am worse than a killer.I am a killer of dreams My daughter, Marley, was about 3 when she introduced me to Hartluv At first I thought that there were some hippy parents who subjected their child to this moniker Maybe someone in her pre school class but then I thought, we live in Manchester, NH No one is that bright or weird in Manchester, NH we were planning our escape It went like this Marley Mom, Hartluv wants to go to [...]


  2. 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 v [...]


  3. 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 way kleenax than I was anticipating I can t wait to start lending this out to people


  4. 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 [...]


  5. Damn if this book doesn t get me right in the feels.To my imaginary friend, Tie I was five, okay You were a part of my childhood and I will never ever forget you.


  6. 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 Do [...]


  7. 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 looks human 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 [...]


  8. 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 storyte [...]


  9. This review and can be viewed on my blog at The Muses Circle I 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 a [...]


  10. I d read heard so many people rave about this book and the synopsis sounded pretty interesting too, so I couldn t not read it However, I really didn t like it I can t put my finger on what it is exactly, but I just didn t get sucked into the story at all I didn t feel involved with any of the characters, I didn t like the writing style it reminded me a lot of Room, a book I started but didn t finish because of exactly this reason and the plot was borderline ridiculous Not to mention all the talk [...]


  11. This book is one of the biggest surprises for me of the year I was blown away by how emotional and heart wrenching this book was at times That might be because of what an awesome job the narrator, Matthew Brown, did with the audiobook The story was absolutely fantastic, but Mr Brown brought Budo to life just as surely as Max Delaney did.In Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend when a child creates an imaginary friend they are real Only, no one but the child that created him and other imaginary friends [...]


  12. I had several imaginary friends, one was a girl named Elizabeth, one was a girl named Jessica, one was a dog named Bonzo Bonzo was the best I miss Bonzo Jessica was a bit mean, Elizabeth a bit pasty Sorry, Elizabeth, you did stick around for quite a while, and I don t want you to feel unappreciated But you were a little bit pasty, in hindsight Bonzo, on the other hand, was solid and loyal and he persisted I don t know how long these friends stuck around for, but the times spent with them are sti [...]


  13. A wonderful book Pitch perfect narrative voice It proved impossible for me to set it down once I reached the halfway mark The ending made me perform an imaginary fist pump of triumph.


  14. THIS BOOK MADE ME CREATE A SIX STARS SHELF Maybe we are all somebody s devil There are no words to describe how beautiful this book is I ve written down so many quotes from the story, it fills up 10 pages in my notebook And I have small hand writing You have to be the bravest person in the world to go out every day, being yourself when no one likes who you are After finishing this book I couldn t stop crying for 15 minutes, no joke It wasn t the hysterical kind of cry It was the type of cry were [...]


  15. Budo is an imaginary friend The boy who imagined him, eight year old Max Delaney, had a vivid imagination, so Budo looks much real than most imaginary friends He can pass through doors, and travel anywhere he wants to go, but he doesn t ever sleep, and he can t pick things up, because Max didn t imagine Budo doing those things I live in a strange place in the world, Budo says I live in the space in between people I spend most of my time in the kid world with Max, but I also spend a lot of time [...]


  16. Budo is the narrator of this book He is the imaginary friend of Max, a eight year old autistic boy who imagined Budo 5 years earlier Budo watches over Max but being imaginary, cannot make his presence felt in the real world This becomes a problem when Max is in real danger and Budo must find a way to help his friend.Dicks creates a well imagined pardon the pun world for imaginary friends, who come in all forms and shapes and degrees of complexity Very poignant and thoughtful, I can t imagine any [...]


  17. En realidad le doy un 3,5 Es verdad que la voz del ni o y c mo explica el universo Imaginario est muy bien, pero despu s se hace muy repetitivo y, en mi opini n, un fallo grave es que TODOS los amigos imaginarios excepto el prota hablan de la misma manera Da igual si es un anciano o un ni o cuchara, su voz es la misma y saben pr cticamente las mismas cosas Se lee r pido porque son frases cortas Y tambi n porque mantiene la curiosidad de saber c mo saldr n del tinglado.


  18. The plot Budo is Max s imaginary friend Max has Aspergers, or at leat some mild form of autism and no one really understands him as well as Budo Budo is also special because, as far as imaginary friends go, Budo looks pretty human, not to mention that he s also been alive for 6 years, which among his own kind is quite extraordinary And even though Budo has been around for a long time, Max needs him now than ever.Despite the fact that the plot is predictable, the premise that of an imaginary fri [...]


  19. Muy original, entretenido e impresionante.Es una historia muy tierna Esta llena de sorpresas y es tan sencilla que se pasa r pido el tiempo leyendo


  20. This book is about an boy who has autism and his imaginary friend In the beginning of the book the author prefices it by saying that Budo the imaginary friend knows much than Max and has intelligence I would have thought that the author took that literary license to write in a adult fashion I actually looked up the book on the internet to see if it was meant for children to read.The book was written in a childish tone and flowed terribly in the beginning I almost didn t continue reading it Ha [...]


  21. Bienbre todo por el giro de la historia.No me gust mucho el final, creo que le falt completar m s el perfil de la antagonista.


  22. This book was nothing like author Matthew Dicks previous novels Ok, maybe not completely true The protagonist is not a quirky adult with OCD, but an eight year old boy with autistic features Actually, he s not the main protag, his imaginary friend is.This is a truly poignant tale told through the eyes of Budo, the imaginary friend of Max Delaney According to Budo, imaginary friends are real It was a fun concept Budo can go places without Max, and often wanders off if he s bored He has friendship [...]


  23. This book was perfect Have you ever read something that ended so beautifully, incorporating even the most minor plot points in its resolution, that you couldn t help but cry as you reached the final page It s a rare experience, but an amazing one Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend has earned its place among my favorites, along with a 5 star rating from this stingy reviewer.Written in the simple and repetitive voice of Budo, the imaginary friend of an 8 year old with Asberger s, this novel sucks you [...]


  24. Quiza todos somos el demonio de alguien Que bonito que el primer libro que leo en este a o haya sido tan bueno.El final es muy predecible, desde que empece a leer el libro supe que iba a terminar as , lo supuse, pero igual cuando llegue a los ltimos cap tulos donde efectivamente estaba pasando lo que cre a, me doli.Los personajes son maravillosos y bien pensados, Max, un ni o totalmente diferente y tan inteligente, yo me mor a de ganas de entrar en el libro y abrazarlo con todas mis fuerzas, por [...]


  25. Incre ble Al principio ten a la sensaci n de que ser a el t pico libro infantil, pero derrepente BUM Empiezan a suceder cosas y m s cosas y te acabas encari ando con Budo y te enfadas bastante con Max y LECTURA OBLIGATORIA Es el diablo bajo la p lida luz de la luna.


  26. Could not put this book down once I started it So uniquely and beautifully written A story of friendship and finding strength.


  27. Spoiler alert I have not hidden any parts of this review, and although I only write in general terms about the book s ending, this might constitute a spoiler for some.Budo is the imaginary friend of Max, an 8 year old kid who s somewhere on the aspergers autism scale, but not diagnosed yet Budo is Max s creation, and exists only as long as Max believes in him Although the idea of telling a story from the perspective of an imaginary friend is cute and refreshing, I am sad to say that I tired of t [...]


  28. 4.5 estrellasOMG, OMG, OMG Este libro es es Wow Cuando comenc a leerlo no pens que me llegar a a gustar tanto, pero me encant En las primeras p ginas llegu a preguntarme qu giro le dar an al libro, qu es lo que har an para hacer de este libro interesante, qu algo tendr a su historia Y JAM S ME IMAGIN QUE PASAR A ESO Este libro me tuvo con el coraz n en la boca en la ltima mitad, quer a saber qu pasaba, c mo terminar a, c mo se solucionar a Me gustaron todos los personajes, todos todos, me parece [...]


  29. Reading this book made me feel like a child again I loved Budo I wished that I had such a vivid imagination as Max did with Budo when I was growing up I never really had an imaginary friend growing up but this probably had to do with I had a younger sister to play with She and I would make things up ourselves However, if I was an only child, I would have wanted a friend like Budo It was very creative of Max to give Budo the ability to walk through walls I do admit that at first I was a little le [...]


  30. As a child I never had an imaginary friend, and having read Budo s and Max s story, I now feel as though I missed out big time Their relationship is so special, so heart warming and virtually irreplaceable by a friendship amongst normal mortals As if getting into the hearts and minds of both Budo and Max wasn t brillantly enough, Matthew Dicks then takes us on a very suspenseful adventure, and for a couple of hundred pages I was inseparable from the book which incidentally was great news for my [...]


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