Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky (Review)

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary FriendFormat: Hardback

Source: Library Book

Publisher: Orion

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Fiction

Publication Date:  1st October 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“Imagine… Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just as scared as you.

Imagine… Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.

Imagine… Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.

Imagine… Something that will change everything… And having to save everyone you love.”

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My Thoughts & Review

Imaginary Friend was my most highly anticipated novel of 2019, but I had to wait almost 3 month for my library hold to come in on this book. I finally got my hands on it at the end of December 2019 and I couldn’t wait to the started. The synopsis sound so good. It took my nearly the whole of January to read but in the end I ended up downloading the audiobook to help me get through it.

Imaginary friend is a great creepy book that I thought was generally well written and I did somewhat enjoy it but it was a bit of a roller coaster read for me. It had some great fast paced action and twists but at the same time there was a little too much repetition in the storyline and it was at this point where I felt like the story lost its pace. I was totally invested in this book until the end this is where everything started to fall apart for me and my rating for this book went down.I won’t go into too much detail about the ending but for me it went into downhill because I felt it started to move too much into the religious aspect rather than staying on the path of a fictional novel.

When it comes to the characters in this book I had a few issues. Too start with, I couldn’t quite get my head around the fact that Christopher was only seven years old. In fact, when you read this book Christopher comes across much older from the very beginning, and it just didn’t sit right with me. However, saying that I did love the relationship between Christopher and his mother. This was the genuine part for me and even though I am not a mum I could really identify her love for her son as she was willing to support him in any way she could.

Although this was a good read overall, it could have been a lot better. In my opinion it needed to be shorter and the plot could have been a little crisper and to the point with all the repetitiveness cut out, and maybe then I would have rated it a little higher.

Based on what read I would recommend this book, but I would highly recommend the audiobook or at least the paperback. Especially if like me you struggle to hold chunky hardbacks. Oh, and if you do decide to read the hardback a little advice try not to drop it on your foot, it HURTS!!! (Even through a pair of trainers).

(I read this for the prompts Book over 500 pages & Book set in different Continents for the 2020 TBR Reading Challenge created by Mina @ Stacked Reviews)

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. The page count for this book is really putting me off reading it and I keep seeing mixed reviews. Sorry to hear that it wasn’t quite what you were hoping for although it sounds like there was still a lot to like about it.

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    • It really is a big book, it had some great bits, but also lots of unnecessary bits which brought my rating down. I would highly recommend reading along while listening to the audiobook, if audiobooks are your thing 😉

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