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    Great for Horror story lovers

    I had high hopes for this book, and was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately it really wasn’t my kind of story. Christopher is a seven year old boy who doesn’t have the best of lives, he is bullied at school,because he can’t read, and because his shorts are too short, his mum Kate is a very loving caring person and she does her best with the means they have to live on, but it’s not enough for fancy clothes and nutritional food. This book is 730 pages long and if you took out some of the repetitiveness it could have possibly have come in at half the pages. Things change for Christopher when he begins to see an imaginary friend. This imaginary friend leads Christopher into the woods not far from his school, where some very odd things begin to happen and not all of it makes sense. The voice tells Christopher he has to make a treehouse, this is the most important thing he is told to do. It has to completed by Christmas for the imaginary friend or else. Christopher is determined to have the treehouse built, he works both day and night to get it done, he even manages to enlist a couple of friends to give him a hand. Christopher’s life gets more and more strange as the town and imagination become entangled. There are a few reasons I didn’t enjoy this book, it’s too long as I have said earlier, lots of repetitive bits, some of the writing is very dark and disturbing. Characters being physically assaulted. There is a lot of violence, a fair bit of swearing and some sex. There are lots of deer and weird things that get mixed up in theology. The story at times can be very depressing. Classed as a horror story, so maybe my fault for choosing this as it’s not really a genre I tend to read. I am sure people who like this genre will enjoy this but for me, it just didn’t. Work. I would like to thank netgalley and Orion publishers for an ARC of this in exchange for a fair, honest and unbiased review.
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    An Extremely Fulfilling Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed Imaginary Friend, an engrossing thriller-horror story of good and evil. I have never read The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I think that this worked in my favour as I had absolutely no expectations when I first started to read this novel. Stephen Chbosky has a very appealing style of writing and the characters he created were very believable to me, giving me a great sense of apprehensiveness and foreboding. Although the book was the longest I've read this year, the chapters were short and told from varying points of view which helped to break up the story into convenient chunks, with suitable breaks. The different voices were excellently done and I found Imaginary Friend to be very readable, if at first, daunting, though there were some very dark and disturbing scenes that included physical assault. In this gripping tale of violence, strangeness and melancholia, the plot moved along at a comfortable rate for me and Stephen Chbosky wrapped everything up neatly which was rather satisfying. Dispiriting, but not ostentatiously so, this was (mostly) a pleasure to read and I devoured these pages with gusto and enthusiasm. Imaginary Friend is an extremely impressive novel and I’ll certainly be looking out for Stephen Chbosky's next book. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Orion via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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