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Hello! Thanks for reading my review of Stephen Chbosky’s book Imaginary Friend. WARNING: This review will contain SPOILERS! Let me share my thoughts with you about my experience with this book and maybe you feel the same. Join me now to dive into this adventure!
Before the Story
I heard a lot of positive feedback for the book before I read it. Everyone seemed to be raving about how good it was. It seemed like a thrilling read, right up my alley. I bought it at a local bookstore with a giftcard I had, and it sat on my shelf for months. My Mom also bought the book and read it before me. When I finally dove into it, I did not regret it!
Genre: Horror, thriller
Keywords: treehouse, God, family, nightmares, humility
Point of View: Third person omniscient
Main Character: Christopher ( 7-year-old boy)
One Sentence Summary: A pure boy defeats the devil.
The way the story switches perspectives is clever. The narrator shows you exactly what you need to know when you need to know it through various people in the town. This method can get a little messy, but it was done very well and didn’t take away from the flow of the book.
I love the unique take of building a tree house to a portal to another world. Sure, it’s not a completely new aspect, but the way it was explained with Christopher having to build the treehouse in the woods and gaining new powers in the other realm was fantastic!
Though the book was thick at a little over 700 pages, it didn’t feel like it! I sped through it quickly, unable to put it down, ready for the next twist and turn. It was brilliant how many plot twists there were that I did not expect. At first, the hissing lady is seen as the evil one, but it was the nice man who tricked Christopher into helping him escape Hell.
It was easy to tell when I was about to read a new character’s perspective and the imagery from the nightmares was chilling. The whole book was a puzzle that was put together without using the picture on the box. I didn’t know what the end result would be, but it was satisfying when I finished. Clever, enticing, thrilling on every page!
The relationship between Christopher and his mother was also endearing. They were always there for each other, learning, growing, experiencing everything together.
The Low Lights
I did not understand Mary Katherine’s character at all! She could have been excluded from the book and it still would have worked out fine. She’s a super religious teenager who somehow gets pregnant without having sex and feels like she has a purpose in Christopher’s life.
This was the only story line that felt separate, forced even, from everything else. At the end, she’s told she gave birth to a son, which I think was alluding to some kind of Mother of Jesus, or even the Antichrist type thing. I didn’t think it added to the story, but it was fine.
There are heavy amounts of religious themes in this book (Adam and Eve, becoming God, purity, sin, etc.), but that didn’t bother me too much not being religious myself. You don’t have to be religious to explore themes of good and evil. Christopher is a child, chosen because he was pure. He became God and forgave the nice man (who was actually evil). They didn’t quite all live happily ever after, but it was a start to change!
After the Story
I rate this book 5 out of 5 book worms! It was a thrilling story from start to finish. I enjoyed the adventure, immersing myself in the horrid nightmares and inescapable bad guys. I didn’t like a few things, but in the grand scheme I can’t deny how fun it was to read. Have you read this book yet? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!
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