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Imaginary Friend

Imaginary Friend

Book - 2019
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"Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781538731338
Branch Call Number: FIC CHBO
Characteristics: 705 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 08, 2020

I would recommend this book to fans of Stephen King who love a good creepy, dark, suspenseful novel.

DBRL_AlyssaW Jun 29, 2020

I have to echo a lot of reviews and say that the first few hundred pages are absolutely suspenseful and engrossing. The end wasn’t bad, per se, but it definitely did not live up to the beginning. With that said, I hope this gets turned into a movie (which seems very likely). I tore through it pretty fast (two days), but it was at the beginning of quarantine, so that may have been more related to my circumstances than the book itself.

Apr 13, 2020

I liked this! One of those thick books like S.K. What I didn’t like is the dog eared sticky pages left by someone who read it before me. Treat books better people!!

Apr 01, 2020

This book started out ok for the first 1/3 of the way. It had a seemingly good plot that was initially making it difficult for me to put it down. But then it became a ridiculous, repetitive, non sensicle jumble of absolute garbage! I'm sorry, but this the worst book I have ever read. It was so bad that I actually had to finish it just so I could find out just how bad it actually could get. The main characters all almost died so many times that I lost count. Somehow they always were able to recover enough for a few pages before almost dieing again. The author said that he was inspired by Stephen King with his writing and I early on could see a resemblance. But after that it was all downhill. I strongly recommend that you do not read this as it is a very big waste of time!

JCLHilaryS Mar 23, 2020

So, I didn't realize this was a horror book when I put it on hold. I just knew it was by Stephen Chbosky, and I'd enjoyed his last book (Perks of Being a Wallflower) from 20 years ago. I also did not pay the cover much attention when I finally got a copy. I am not a big horror reader at all. Luckily this one wasn't too bad, and even a big wimp like me could read it. It was extremely long - so long that I had to return the book to the library and wait on hold a second time for it. It was also very slow to get me hooked into reading it. And maybe that's because it IS horror, but there is a lot of set up and character building. For me, that was the best part. I didn't actually enjoy the bits of the horror story that started building up. At first, it was kind of cheesy, but eventually enough of the world building and description was there to really get into it. It was a long read, but still enjoyable, even for a non horror reader like myself.

Jan 08, 2020

The first 300 pages of Imaginary Friend were thrilling: it started with a strong, suspenseful plot supported by a hair-rising atmosphere. It was just great!
And then, it went totally sideways. The story, which drags on and on and on, becomes a survival horror story bloated with last-minute rescues, improbable twists and lots of bleeding people running away from zombies look-alike. You feel like watching one of those series with filler-episodes and cheap cliffhangers. It became cheesy and predictable.
This is really a shame, because Stephen Chbosky clearly shows an incredible talent for writing, using typography to support the creepy atmosphere of his story. I would read another book by him, maybe, if it was half that length...!

Jan 03, 2020

I loved this book!! It was a very easy read and had me hooked the whole time! I loved the super creepy, dark material!! The only thing I have to critique is that it was too long. I think the author could have cut out about 1/4 of the book and still got the story across. I read the large print version which was over 1,100 pages! I still gave it 5 stars because it was unique, creepy (totally up my alley) and easy to read!

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 23, 2019

I don't know how the author of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" came to write a Stephen King novel (not just horror, but with lots of the sames elements and tropes of a King novel)...but here we are. It's a decent Stephen King novel for what it’s worth, but it's not exactly on brand for Chbosky. Also maybe twice as long as it needs to be...

Nov 30, 2019

This was a great book and I managed to finish it even though it was an express read. For those who are like me and are still scared a little by horror books but keep reading, it becomes less terrifying as you learn more about the characters. I highly recommend it if you like the series "Stranger Things" on Netflix.

JCLMeghanF Nov 20, 2019

If you loved Stranger Things and Stephen King's It, this is the book for you! Little Christopher Reese goes missing in the woods near his home for six days before he walks back out seemingly unharmed, his memory a blank. But he didn't walk out alone. A mysterious voice keeps urging him to build a tree house in the woods that, once finished, will unleash an epic battle for the souls of the town and the entire world.

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Aug 28, 2020

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Jul 25, 2020

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Mar 03, 2020

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Dec 05, 2019

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May 05, 2020

Sexual Content: -Little mentions here and there.

May 05, 2020

Violence: -Epic cat fights (they don't involve cats, btw) -There's some fighting. Come on. It's a story! What did you expect?

May 05, 2020

Coarse Language: -There's some minor language.

May 05, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There's a few gruesome scenes that you usually wouldn't find in your every day books.


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Mar 03, 2020

“You’re not powerful because you’re strong, Christopher. You’re powerful because you’re good.” (432)


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