Imaginary Friend

    • 3.8 • 112 Ratings
    • $22.99

    • $22.99

Publisher Description

Instant New York Times Bestseller
One of Fall 2019's Best Books (People, EW, Lithub, Vox, Washington Post, and more)
A young boy is haunted by a voice in his head in this acclaimed epic of literary horror from the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Christopher is seven years old.Christopher is the new kid in town.Christopher has an imaginary friend.
We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.
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 her child. 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 long 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 treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.
Twenty years ago, Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower made readers everywhere feel infinite. Now, Chbosky has returned with an epic work of literary horror, years in the making, whose grand scale and rich emotion redefine the genre. Read it with the lights on.

Christine Lakin
hr min
October 1
Hachette Audio

Customer Reviews

jamierawlings ,

Good narration, very long.

This was a fantastic story, I just felt like it began to drag on a little bit. I would still recommend to anyone looking for a great story.

ShaunaOH ,

So bad … so, so bad.

I was excited to dive into this book, and the opening chapters were enough to keep me invested. What felt like a possible conclusion lead me to check my own progress in the novel and I realized I was less than 20% through … that was when I should have given up. I stupidly/stubbornly felt the need to see this through to the end and it was complete agony. I have not quite encountered a story has bad as this one. Chbosky is clearly trying way too hard to feed readers figurative language and forgot how plot structures work. He could do well to return to school for writing because this breaks every rule of thumb in a painful way. Do yourself a favor and skip this one, it is absolutely not worth your time or money.

ReadinRattlesnake ,

Strong intro, unable to keep it together

Imaginary Friend is not written poorly, but it’s undone by its own premise and a failure to deliver. Chbosky gets a little over-ambitious around the mid-way point of the book and by the last 30 chapters, readers lose interest as it tries to pull a 3rd act twist that just falls flat into typical good vs evil tropes. An amazing set up that buckles under the weight of its own premise.

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