Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary Friend
Leaving your house in the middle of the night.
Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she's just as scared as you.

Starting a new school, making friends.
Seeing how happy it makes your mother.
Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Following the signs, into the woods.
Going missing for six days.
Remembering nothing about what happened.

Something that will change everything...
And having to save everyone you love.
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

By leaving the man the first time he hits her, Ms. Reese is doing what she thinks is right for her son. Life is already hard enough without his father, he deserves a happy, healthy childhood. They travel until she finds a nice out of the way town to settle down.  Christopher is just seven years old quiet boy with a learning disability trying to find his place in his new surroundings. Then he goes missing. 
 Six days later he is found safe and healthy, but a series of small occurrences begin to change their lives. Positive effects from winning the lottery to Christopher becoming one of the smartest of his class, to more negative beginning with Christopher talking about The Nice Man and the finding of a child's grave in the woods. 

This story encompasses the whole town, using Christopher as our doorway into the darker side of the invisible world, a Good vs. Bad battle between the Hissing Lady and The Nice Man. Some of the story is told from other townspeople's perspective, but the majority is told by a very young Christopher. Who becomes able to see and feel the innermost thoughts of those around him through is ever enhancing abilities. The story continues to build until the events begin to involve all the members of the town ensuing in chaos and hell on Earth. 

I felt that the pacing of the story could really be felt at times longing for something eventful to happen again, but I always kept coming back to the story because of the great imagery. Whenever we are presented the darker imaginary world that Christopher continues to find himself in I am glued to the pages. It's horrific, brutal and gives me what I was hoping for in this book. I enjoyed the story and the writing, it is one I will be reading again. I give it 4 stars. 

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