MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND by Matthew Dicks

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I don’t even know where or how to start!   5 of 5 stars


First, the author…what a clever, incredibley heartwarming story!  Just when I think I won’t find another out of ordinary story…here it is!  The protagonist….an imaginary friend?  How is that going to work?  Well it did.
Budo was smart, clever, caring, devoted to Max (and Max’s parents), but also naive, child-like, and innocent at the same time.
I absolutely adored Budo, Max’s imaginary friend.

“The right thing and the easy thing are never same thing..”  Loyalty, love, sacrifice.

I am so happy to have the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of this novel!!   I normally do not like to read books on my laptop (I do not own a Kindle, Nook or other portable e-reader).  This is the first e-book that I have read, that I have wished I owned one.  I hated that I had to wait until I was at home, and not vying for the computer with my family.

How can the author make an imaginary friend so real, so likeable, and so believable?  lol   crazy!
Budo wanting to save Max’s parents as well as saving Max.
The frustration and tension between his parents was sad.  It was all just very well written.  All aspects of this story.  Quite a page turner!

I had so many favorite pieces in the story, I will add more later.
I think if you enjoyed ROOM, you will love this book!

I was fortunate enough to meet the author last night at a book signing at RJ Julia Booksellers!  He is very funny and witty and I really had a great time!

Detailed info and spoilers below:

So many times, Budo’s innocence made me laugh.  I adored him.

**Like when Dee was in ICU.  He thought she was in I SEE YOU..which he thought was “a place where they watch you carefully to make sure that you don’t die.”   Which is true, but he didn’t know that.

**Bizarre to think that I felt heartbroken for Budo…being that he is an imaginary friend and all…but I did.  Especially when he made this comparison:

“I used to think that these were the three worst things in the word:
1. Tommy Swinden
2. Bonus Poops
3. Not Existing
Now I think these are the three worst things in the world:
1. Waiting
2. Not knowing
3. Not existing”

**The whole page about Max being brave, just melted my heart. (263 – ebook) Will find it in the hardcover edition and update the page #.

A Must Read…..The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

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THe RELUCTANT JOURNAL OF HENRY K. LARSEN, by Susin Nielson

Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.

I honestly have not stopped thinking about this book, and how I wanted to put into words how much I loved it.

Honestly, in my own ignorance, I have never really thought much about the families of the shooter, when I hear of these things on the news.  I have felt for the shooter in some cases, but never really thought about their families.  Always the victims’ families.  But they are victims also, aren’t they?

I just loved the writing, the characters, the story….all of it.

Henry K. Larsen…..what a brave, strong character.  Love him!

I am sure I will add more, I just can’t figure out how to put it all into words.

This is a must read for  young adult/middle grade

I give it 5 of 5 stars!

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

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A debut unlike any other, Shine, Shine, Shine is a shocking, searing, breathless love story, a gripping portrait of modern family, and a stunning exploration of love, death and what it means to be human

Sunny Mann has masterminded a life for herself and her family in a quiet Virginia town. Her house and her friends are picture-perfect. Even her genius husband, Maxon, has been trained to pass for normal. But when a fender bender on an average day sends her coiffed blonde wig sailing out the window, her secret is exposed. Not only is she bald, Sunny is nothing like the Stepford wife she’s trying to be. As her facade begins to unravel, we discover the singular world of Sunny, an everywoman searching for the perfect life, and Maxon, an astronaut on his way to colonize the moon.
Theirs is a wondrous, strange relationship formed of dark secrets, decades-old murders and the urgent desire for connection. As children, the bald, temperamental Sunny and the neglected savant Maxon found an unlikely friendship no one else could understand. She taught him to feel—helped him translate his intelligence for numbers into a language of emotion. He saw her spirit where others saw only a freak. As they grew into adults, their profound understanding blossomed into love and marriage.
But with motherhood comes a craving for normalcy that begins to strangle Sunny’s marriage and family. As Sunny and Maxon are on the brink of destruction, at each other’s throats with blame and fear of how they’ve lost their way, Maxon departs for the moon, where he’s charged with programming the robots that will build the fledgling colony. Just as the car accident jars Sunny out of her wig and into an awareness of what she really needs, an accident involving Maxon’s rocket threatens everything they’ve built, revealing the things they’ve kept hidden. And nothing will ever be the same.

 

My review:   3.5 – 4 stars

Such a creative and unique storyline.  Different than anything else I’ve ever read. I kept asking myself, as I was reading…is this romance? sci-fi? general fiction? It was a little taste of each.
I admired Sunny’s strength.  Coming out with her baldness, after the accident, doing her best for Bubby, her son, who is autistic, her dying mother, being very pregnant and having her husband’s rocket have an accident while in space.
I have some great quotes I would like to add, after the book is published.

Recent Mail

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I have quite a few goodies that have come in the mail in the past week or two.

The Widow’s Daughter
by Nicholas Edlin

A spellbinding story of love, war, and betrayal. Peter Sokol, an artist living in San Diego, is haunted by his past. In 1943, Captain Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman, Emily Walters. Dismissive of Emily’s suspiciously British mother a…more A spellbinding story of love, war, and betrayal. Peter Sokol, an artist living in San Diego, is haunted by his past. In 1943, Captain Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman, Emily Walters. Dismissive of Emily’s suspiciously British mother and violent brother, the two vie for her hand. When Emily’s brother is discovered murdered, Sokol is the prime suspect. As he fights to prove his innocence, he finds that the woman he loves is not who she seems, and that the blood of another might be on his hands.

I received this from Penguin.

 

 

 

 

Chopsticks

by Jessica Anthony, Rodrigo Corral (Illustrator)
After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory i…moreAfter her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song “Chopsticks.”
But nothing is what it seems, and Glory’s reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it’s up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along….
I am waiting to read this, until I get my new iPhone.  The book came with an iTunes gift card, to download the Chopsticks App.
I won this from BethFishReads blog.
A Discovery of Witches   (All Souls Trilogy #1)

by Deborah Harkness
A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.
Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.
Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism.
I received this from Penguin.

World Book Night…Incredible Experience!

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What an incredible experience World Book Night was!

I had so much fun sharing my passion for books/reading.

My mother and my daughter were also book givers!  So much fun to share this day/night with them!

I loved the reactions of people…they could not believe they were receiving a book…for free….no strings attached!  LOVED that!

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My mother and I handed out books to local volunteer EMS/Fire personnel.  We thought they needed a break from reality, during their downtime.

My daughter gave her books out to the school bus drivers, that drive the kids to their sports games.  The drivers have to wait around while the kids play their games, so she thought they could read, while waiting.

All were a big hit!  And we stopped people randomly too….McDonald’s, a shopping plaza parking lot, etc.  Fun fun times!!

I feel so fortunate and blessed to be part of something so special!  Thank You World Book Night for such an amazing experience!

Book Sale

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I have been sorting and organizing books for the past three days.  And I LOVE it!  I love being surrounded by books.

My son is in Cub Scouts, and my husband and I are the Den leaders.

I asked if we could hold a book sale for a fundraiser.  Well we have had quite a response!  The sale is this Saturday.  We are almost done categorizing the books!

I am disappointed I will not be there the actual day of the sale.  We are taking our daughter to Admitted Student Day at Quinnipiac University.  She has been pre-accepted into their Physician Assistant graduate program.  

I will take photos of the book sale on Friday.

28 More Days!!

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World Book Night USA!! Cannot wait!

I was so fortunate to be chosen as a book giver on April 23rd, for World Book Night.

I will be sharing one of my favorite books, A Prayer For Owen Meany, by John Irving.

My oldest daughter is also a giver!  She will be giving The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

So happy to be part of something so special, fun and exciting with her before she leaves for her first year of college later this summer.

www.worldbooknight.org