This fucking book! I had high hopes for it because Perks of Being a Wallflower was a book that helped me through my sad emo teen years and Imaginary Friend was getting all the hype on Bookstagram. However, I was ultimately disappointed.
Imaginary Friend started out creepy and slow and then sucked me in and gave me Joe Hill and Stephen King vibes, but then the tropes started coming out and with it came religious propaganda in full force. And the big bad guy battle lasted 150+ pages too damn long to keep my interest, yetI kept reading because I was so angry at myself for already investing so much time into this book.
(and yes the random capitalization in the book annoyed the hell outta me!)
Why does the sweet Catholic girl have to become a sinner suddenly and then immaculately conceive?!
Wtf is going on with the majority of the female characters never being called their names? "Christopher's mom" "Mrs. Keizer" and why is everyone abused and then healed with the power of loveeeee?
Why couldn't we just have a creepy thriller about an imaginary friendship with a ghost plastic bag and not a legendary battle of Good and Evil and God and the Devil? Ugh, so disappointed.
The best part of the whole book was this exchange:
"𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘦𝘳'𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦 𝘢 𝘨𝘶𝘺 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴.
"𝘏𝘦𝘺, 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘬. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘬𝘪𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐'𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴"
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘺𝘦.
"𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘵," 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦.
Why couldn't Kate (AKA Christopher's mom) be that way for the whole book and not just one tiny supermarket part?
⭐⭐/5 stars for this too long religious retelling.
Anyways, I know this an unpopular opinion, but I'm so mad at myself for reading this whole thing right down to its smarmy religious mysterious ending. Eye-rolling forever. Anyone else?!