Book 64/75: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
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." *
Here's another review I've been sitting on for no good reason. I wanted to take some time to process this but it's been a few weeks and I honestly forgot that I hadn't already posted it. Oops!
The second this book was announced I knew I was buying it, without having any idea what is was about. I fell in love with Perks during book club in high school and never fell out of love with it, even though I’ve read it a half dozen times.
You’ll still get that disjointed writing style and lots of childhood trauma but that’s where the similarities end.
You spend the first half of the book questioning the entire story because you have an Unreliable Narrator giving you a dense and winding narrative. That alone is going to turn some readers off. I knew at a few points I complained to a friend that it felt like I had already reached 3 different character arcs that felt like they could be conclusions. But i felt compelled to continue because the realistic horror aspects kept calling me back. Honestly, I had nightmares.
About half way through the book I turned to my husband and said something along the lines of (cover your eyes children, this next part is going to make your parents mad at me) “ohhhhh this is a catholic wet dream”. And that’s the only spoiler I’m giving you.
After the halfway mark I couldn’t put the book down.... [full review on GR. Link in bio]