Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

A Novel

Matthew Dicks

St. Martin's Griffin

Download Image Matthew Dicks Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Available Formats

BookAudio BookeBook
I am not imaginary...

Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.

Max is different from other children. Some people say he has Asperger’s, but most just say he’s “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.

When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max—and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or his own existence.

Matthew Dicks' Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a triumph of courage and imagination that touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.

Connect with the Author

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

one
  
Here is what I know:
My name is Budo.
I have been alive for five years.
Five years is a very long time for someone like me to be alive.
Max gave me my name.
Max is the only human person who can see me.
Max’s parents call me an imaginary friend.
I love Max’s teacher, Mrs. Gosk.
I do not like Max’s other teacher, Mrs. Patterson.
I am not imaginary.

 
 
two

I am lucky as imaginary friends go. I have been alive for a lot longer than most. I once knew an imaginary friend named Philippe.

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

“A novel as creative, brave, and pitch-perfect as its narrator, an imaginary friend named Budo, who reminds us that bravery comes in the most unlikely forms. It has been a long time since I read a book that has captured me so completely, and has wowed me with its unique vision. You've never read a book like this before. As Budo himself might say: Believe me.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Sing You Home

Wholly original and completely unputdownable. MEMOIRS OF AN IMAGINARY FRIEND is a captivating story told in a voice so clever and honest I didn’t want it to end. The arresting voice of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME with the emotional power of ROOM and the whimsy of DROP DEAD FRED, but in a class of its own.” —Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters

"An incredibly captivating novel about the wonder of youth and the importance of friendship, whether real or imagined. Delightfully compelling reading." --Booklist

"[A] fun read and engaging exploration of the vibrant world of a child's imagination." --Publishers Weekly

"Quirky and heartwarming" --Kirkus

"Funny, poignant . . . Budo's world is as realistic as he is imaginary. We would all be lucky to have Budo at our sides. Reading his memoir is the next best thing." --Library Journal


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Matthew Dicks

MATTHEW DICKS is a writer and elementary school teacher. His articles have been published in the Hartford Courant and he has been a featured author at the Books on the Nightstand retreat. He is also a Moth storyteller and a two-time StorySLAM champion. Dicks is the author of two previous novels, Something Missing and Unexpectedly Milo. He lives in Newington, Connecticut, with his wife, Elysha, and their children, Clara and Charlie. 

Matthew Dicks

Macmillan Speakers Bureau

represents thought-provoking authors and experts. We can find a speaker uniquely positioned for your audience and budget.

More Info

Macmillan Speakers


Matthew Dicks
Back

Reading Guide

Organizing a Reading Group

1

Get the Guide

Download PDF
2

Tell Your Friends

Share
3

Find More Books

Go to Website
4

Stay Updated

Sign Up

Other Guides

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
A Novel
Matthew Dicks

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250031853
ISBN10: 1250031850
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$14.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
August 2012
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427225887
ISBN10: 1427225885
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$39.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
August 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427225894
ISBN10: 1427225893
Audio Run Time: 9:00
$19.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
August 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781250006219
ISBN10: 125000621X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$24.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
August 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781250024008
ISBN10: 1250024005
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$9.99
Back

From The Publisher

St. Martin's Griffin

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back