Imaginary Friend

Imaginary Friend


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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.

Title:Imaginary Friend
Edition Language:English
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    Imaginary Friend Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I was so afraid of my contact lens numbers were going to be bigger than my irises after I finished this book (Give me a biggest Chardonnay break, my dear friends, this month I read “Institution”, ...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This started off really strong, but I gotta be honest with you all: I completely stopped giving a shit about this at about the 65% mark. This book was just way too long with not enough pay off. The bi...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    Not to self: stop reading horror books with kids....

  • Liz Barnsley

    This morning I FINALLY managed to finish Imaginary Friend. I started this book and was immediately hooked. It was uber creepy, really well written, I was loving it.Sadly it was all downhill from there...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Now available as a BOTM add on starting in October!Long ago, books stopped terrifying me in the way that people search out from the likes of gory, graphic horror films. Somewhere upon entering adultho...

  • jessica

    how in the world did stephen chbosky go from writing 'we accept the love we think we deserve' to an entire book dedicated to a child haunted by horrifying imaginary people?! i guess 20 years between b...

  • Kai

    "We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us."Imaginary Friend feels very much like a classic horror novel which is both a good and a bad thing. To begin with, we have a group of young kids, an...

  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)

    Y’all are fools.This 3.54 star rating? It’s all a lie. 5 BIG ASS STARS If A Nightmare on Elm Street and Coraline had a baby together: Imaginary Friend....

  • Charlotte May

    Wow! I’ll tell you now, this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but it was 100% up my street. Mind bending, so incredibly clever with such beautiful and heartfelt language and messages. I’m astoni...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I'll be first to admit that I never read horror, nor do I have the interest, but I wanted to give Stephen Chbosky a try just because he was an iconic author of my teenage years. But this..... wasn't i...