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    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 adulthood, the paranormal took a backseat to the chills provided by child abuse, sexual assault, and the murder of members of minority groups who never gain an ounce of justice, but this book terrified me in ways that I haven t experienced in over a decade, mainly due to combining paranormal AND realistic horror I ll go into detail at the end, complete with spoiler tags, but this book contained the one horror element that still manages to give me nightmares, no matter how many times I read a book that includes it If you want to go into Imaginary Friend completely blind, I recommend stopping here, and not reading anything else surrounding the story until you ve had a chance to pick it up for yourself If you re the type of reader, like me, who enjoys knowing a bit about a cryptically vague book to see if you re compatible with it, keep going Either way, please take my thoughts lightly as the cause behind the commotion in this novel will be very polarizing, and most folks will love it or hate it Don t leave the street They can t get you if you don t leave the street The most common question I ve received surrounding this novel is about the page length Was it really necessary for the story to be over 700 pages long Who does this guy think he is, Stephen King Honestly Yes I had my doubts going in, but I almost immediately found myself entranced by the author s writing, and what would be described as a slow burning introduction to our characters became an unputdownable saga There s a reason why Chbosky is a bestselling author, and while he did wait almost 2 decades to publish his second novel, it shows his incredible range of storytelling capabilities and otherworldly talent The average rating is considerably lower than most popular books on Goodreads at the time of this writing, but I do think the page length is something that is possibly affecting this If you re the type of reader that doesn t enjoy a meaty doorstop, you probably won t appreciate what this book has to offer The page count will be a dealbreaker for about half of the readers out there, and that s ok, big books aren t for everyone If you re still with me, let s continue on Oh please don t let it be the hissing lady Please don t let me be asleep While I hate comparing authors various works amongst each other, I think it s helpful to note why this book is being pitched to fans of Stephen King and his older horror novels This book appears to be set in the 90 s, and it very strongly has the kids battle evil entity vibe that is so prevalent in many of King s past bestsellers, which automatically appealed to me The beginning has a similar feel where, we get many details into a multitude of characters lives, and after the foundation is set, the creepy instances start It begins slowly, and almost seems to tip toe around the horror aspect until well into the book, but it is beautifully done so As a reader, I became invested in Kate and Christopher as humans, and the bond they created through shared experiences with poverty, abuse, and trauma was so necessary in transforming Imaginary Friend from a B rated horror romp into a full scale terrifying masterpiece Hisssssss Hisssssss Alright, here s the meat of it I m going to put this next paragraph in a spoiler tag, and while there are no specific spoilers, I do discuss the theme of the reveal, and I don t want this to affect those readers wishing to go in blind view spoiler Bottom line This is what I like to refer to as religious horror Sure, it s very much fictionalized, and stretches the canon of good vs evil heaven vs hell quite a bit, but it should be noted that I did not feel that this book was preachy if anything, the author chose to use these themes in a way that is meant for nothing but sheer entertainment value I mention it because this form of storytelling may be received as sacrilegious or offensive to some religious groups hide spoiler

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    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 , Gold Finch and still working on Priory of Orange Tree which has also 800 pages My red eyed image is still giving creeps to neighborhood kids and their mothers which is fine with me, I can eat trick or treat candies I ve bough to serve them and I could also steal their MM only the red ones, they can have the others I read too many bad reviews which gave me a little hesitation at first but come on, we re talking about Perks of Being a Wallflower author And horror is one of my favorite genre Before I got my caffeine intake in the mornings I look like Frakenstein s bride with my all my hair in the air and raccoon eye make up style so I get used to love horrific things Of course I was all in I said bring it on this terrifying read At least if I got bored, I could use it as dumbbell like I did with My KING s Stand book Don t get me wrong I love that book but after finishing it, I was looking like Dwayne Johnson s big sister with my humongous biceps My husband used them as pillows to rest his head and take quick naps I can feel for the readers disappointment or frustration because of changing of writing, story telling method of the author and focusing on different genre.I actually confused too many times during my read and turned the cover to make sure that I was having the right writer s book Was I reading the right STEPHEN s book Was it not KING s book, right It is Chbosky book I actually thought both authors were pulling a prank and at the end of the novel we could find an acknowledgment part confessing my KING pushed Chbosky away from his seat and started to touch the key pad like playing a horrific theme from Phantom of the Opera and wrote this book I mostly enjoy the writing even it was soooo looonnnggg and I dropped my dried contact lenses into my wine glasses and coffee mugs of course drink choices changing daily and nightly and when I was multitasking like biting a scone and flipping the pages, I may have consumed some book pages as well and feeding my dogs with scone they somersaulted and danced all day, like dogs like owners But Christopher s age is a little concerned me At least he could be around 10 12, maybe this age is a little old to have an imaginary friend but his age is too young to endure and fight against all those scary and haunted things he d met It hurt me to see him suffer too many times I was thinking I couldn t see anything disturbing like Joker movie but those parts of the book really agitated me as well And the good and evil s never ending fight, all those biblical references, the parts about the way of people s atonement of their sins were too compelling subjects in this young and innocent child s world I think with omitted parts especially the last parts of the book were too long and they kept repeat themselves and a simpler boy and his imaginary friend s story not about heavy biblical subjects, but a story about a boy s loneliness and naivety to imagine wrong kind of best friend would work better for me But as a summary, my 3 point 5 stars eventually rounded up to 4 because I love spooky, haunted, nail biter, dark stories and I enjoyed most part of the book It s a thrilling, entertaining but also exhausting reading I hope I don t scream too much in my sleep this night Don t worry, this book didn t scare me like that but my husband learned to imitate Joaquin Phoenix s Joker laughter and as soon as I close my eyes at night, he performs very same laughter in the silence of the night like a heartless creature So this month I decided to read horror books because real life and vengeful husbands who were dissatisfied with my cooking performance were scarier than the books Trust me I learned from the hardest way

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    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 books is enough time for an author to change and in this case, 20 years to plan stephen kings demise because holy crap this is the creepiest thing ive ever read, in the most bizarre way possible this actually reminded me a lot of stranger things strange things happen, its a little spooky and im not sure i entirely understand everything or if i even like it, but it is ever so slightly addicting 3.5 stars

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    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 unknown evil that fills them with fear and despair, a small town on the brink of chaos, and missing dead children from 50 years ago And it is terribly creepy When I first read The Perks of Being a Wallflower I remember feeling underwhelmed I didn t get why people loved this story so much Neither writing nor plot managed to catch my interest, but maybe I wasn t ready when I first read it Rewatching the film years later showed me what a beautiful and moving story Chbosky had created But with IF I was immediately drawn into the world of Christopher who vanishes into the woods for six whole days just to turn up again unharmed, but with a desperate need to build a treehouse in the middle of the Mission Street Woods And something else has changed his dyslexia is gone, he is suddenly the best kid in his maths class, and he seems to know what people feel and think It was creepy as hell, I had goosebumps 24 7 and no clue about what was happening Never did I think that I would devour these 700 pages in three days but that s exactly what happened The writing was compelling, the characters felt real, and I really needed to know what the fuck was going on or I would DIE So far so good, but things changed around the 500 page mark There was a big twist, which, although I didn t see it coming, didn t catch me unaware Mainly because it felt too simplified and unoriginal It wouldn t have bothered me much, though, if the story had been taken to a clean and satisfying ending But what followed were 200 pages that should have been 100 pages, or maybe 70 You know when there is a final battle with the biggest bully on the lot and you know this is it, it s live or die That didn t only happen once, it happened three times It wasn t just repetitive at this point, it was a big mess And even though I had really enjoyed loved the story until that point, it couldn t hold my attention and fascination any longer It was made even worse by Chbosky s use of redundant tropes that put female characters in over sexualised and violated roles I honestly expected better of him Chbosky is a great storyteller who proved repeatedly that he has what it takes to tell heartfelt stories with characters that feel real, that are relatable So why did he suddenly feel the need to make use of tropes such as the prude catholic girl tempted by sin, why did he have to degrade most of his central female characters by ripping off their clothes, violating their bodies, by turning them into madwomen haunted by unfeeling or violent men I m not criticising the fact that he made violence and abuse part of a female character s story Sadly, that is far from unrealistic But he exploited them and used their pain for shock value like countless male authors have done before him It s a limited and frankly antiquated way of writing female voices.Overall, this novel would have been a new favourite if it had paid attention to plotting and characterisation Find of my books on Instagram

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    Perks of Being a Wallflower was not part of my adolescence and I m not much of a horror reader although I do enjoy it every once in a great while So, I m not quite the right reader for this ambitious novel Needless to say twenty years after the publication of Perks, Imaginary Friend is quite a departure for Chbosky As is fairly typical of horror novels, the main conflict is good vs evil, God vs the devil and so on and so forth The kids in jeopardy trope is in full swing which echoes King but with less success I found the kids to be too young at seven years old perhaps eleven years old would have made it a bit palatable This is a long novel and there is a lot that should have been cut due to an overload of repetition I was about to tear my hair if I read like baby teeth one time This is just one example In its favor, it reads fast and is action packed Will it sell in the marketplace Yes, like green wildfire.

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    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 it Even from the objective perspective of someone not into horror, especially paranormal fantastical horror, this was a longwinded mess.This book started out strong to trick you to read on, but the ending was catastrophically terrible The first 25% is basically what the synopsis describes, and then afterward, the story truly begins Let me reiterate that this book is 700 pages long and the first quarter of the book is just exposition From 25% to 75%, this book actually had a lot of good parts It kept me guessing, it had twists and turns, it had a few creepy partys But then the ending just became overwritten, incomprehensible plot divided between two worlds and between a cast of 10 characters The writing was average at best throughout the book, but the end of the book just became totally ridiculous with all the characters screaming LIKE THIS at each other multiple times a page, aNd ThE viLLaiN oF thE boOk tAlkS liKe tHis I skim read the last 10% just in search of answers, but this book provided none I have no idea what the conflict of the book was and why any of the villains were wreaking havoc on the world The main plot twist at the end just made the entire situation confusing and everything got so muddled in the end that it s making me regret spending TWO WEEKS reading this massive book only for it to be so completely a let down because the plot doesn t actually get resolved in a way that makes sense Chbosky just kept on dragging the conflict out even though he could have ended everything 500 pages earlier, with SO much unnecessary inner monologue that dragged out the pace even .Maybe if you like fantastical thrillers with religious spiritual undertones you would enjoy this , but in my opinion, just save your time and read Stephen King or something.

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    Find all of my reviews at Stars A nightmare is nothing but a dream gone sick Where do I even begin when it comes to the release of this 20 year long awaited tome I guess the easiest thing to do is address the obvious For those of you who have been anticipating a new Perks to fall in love with, I have some bad news There is no Charlie to be had here Instead, there is a Christopher A little boy who recently moved to small town Pennsylvania with his mother when she escaped from an abusive relationship A little boy who disappeared for six days into the Mission Street Woods and returned safe but different A little boy who used to see words as nothing but jumbled letters, but now can ace a quiz in less than a minute A little boy who has the ability to change his mother s financial status A little boy who has to get a treehouse built before it s too late DEATH IS COMING DEATH IS HERE WE LL DIE ON CHRISTMAS DAY That sucks I love Christmas Today begins the official one month countdown until I can begin Clark Griswalding up the house I m going to do things a little differently here when it comes to this review I m going to talk about some stuff I didn t like while still giving this a pretty high rating 1 Here is one of my Kindle notes This has to end by midnight and there are still 200 pages left Yikes You are going to hear a lot of talk about how this book is waaaaaaay too long Because it is Like 350 pages too long And it s repetitive to the point of total frustration You know what I m talking about, right 2 Has Stephen Chbosky ever even met a seven year old You already have to be able to suspend disbelief in order for a group of kids to be building a McMansion of a treehouse complete with a locking door, shutters, glass windows and a trapdoor with a rope ladder, but JFC seven Not only are these kids better at flipping treehouses than Chip and Joanna Gaines, but they are also pros at sneaking out of the house they aren t afraid of the dark and scary woods they curse like sailors and can t wait for the chance to see some nekkid titties on Showtime No They re SEVEN 3 There are a lot of things that will call to mind to another recent ish release Between the concerned mother And the local sheriff haunted by his own demons And Charlie s headaches And the imaginary side But hey, at least those things aren t similar to a freaking worldwide phenomenon with a ginormous fanbase, right Oh, wait So why the high rating 1 For not only having the balls to not just barf out book after book after book on the heels of his first success, but to release something completely different than that megahit all these years later 2 For the fact that despite all of my gripes, I read this puppy squisher in two days Obviously it held my interest 3 For the ending The ending is excellent Unlike some other megafamous authors who shall remain nameless, but have a tendency to shit the bed in horror stories that wrap up with things like giant alien spiders or giant ants 4 Ambrose Y all know I have old lady brain, but I won t be forgetting Ambrose any time soon Endless thanks to Grand Central Publishing for offering me an early copy of this title in exchange for my honest review This will remain in a prime location on the shelf.ORIGINAL REVIEW 700 pages by the guy who wrote one of my favorite YA books ever Here goes nothing everything .

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    News articles are saying to expect this in 2019, which makes Stephen Chbosky s second novel a full TWENTY YEARS after Perks. Holy shit, I am so hyped.update may 10th, 2019 I holy hell, y all It s HAPPENING Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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    A nightmare is nothing than a dream gone sick This book THIS BOOK I never read Perks of Being a Wallflower but what I do know is that this author went to a completely different genre with this young adult horror fiction read Is it worth every 700 page You bet your ass it is.To begin with, the main character s name is Christopher Reese this made it somewhat sentimental to me because my family became very close with the Reese family when we lived in Italy Their youngest was their son, Christopher who became a brother to me over the years and somehow that made this is a bit sentimental to me Both have a strong relationship with their mothers and both are the best and sweetest boys Listen, if you can find something in your real life that anchors you to the fictional life in the book you re reading, it absolutely makes a difference.There were also a couple of incidents that truly reminded me of my childhood Being pulled under a bed or that feeling that something or someone was under there was always a nightmare for me as a child and once I woke up halfway under the bed, so yeah and that creepy ice cream truck jingle UFF Both are mentioned and just grabbed that inner child within me all the Even to this day, when the many ice cream trucks roam my neighbor at the weirdest night time hours, it still makes my blood turn cold.Now, this book is just extremely engaging Even with all 700 pages, the chapters are short and I love the various tiny changes to format riddled within You ll know what I mean when you pick up your copy, and I encourage you to make sure to put this on your TBR This book is chock full of lessons A relationship between a mother and son Christopher and how he takes care of his mother while she feels guilty for not being the mother she thinks she needs to be Faith, shown especially within Mary Katherine and where we get our first hints of the religious undertones of this novel The good versus evil and how nothing is especially what it seems especially in the Imaginary World STAY ON THE STREETS The loyalty of your childhood group of friends The past coming to haunt you and how you move forward in any type of life I could go on and on and on.While I absolutely consider this my favorite of the year so far, there are a couple of things that didn t quite work for me The children being 7, made it a little bit implausible if they were just a few years older, it would ve made that slight difference Some things may feel a bit repetitive but personally I didn t mind this at all and I think that honed in on certain pieces of the story However, the baby teeth as a description definitely stuck in my head I wish that could ve been identified with something different or not described repetitively throughout the read But these are just nit picks that I can overlook because of the impact this story had on me Some people may think this could ve been shortened but I think every single page worked to tell this multifaceted story.For me, this has that NOS4A2 creepy vibe, kids group fighting evil King vibe with that Burton esque feel I would absolutely LOVE to see this adapted The hissing woman, the mailbox people and the nice man each told and described in a tone that set you on your journey with Christopher in the Imaginary World and boy oh boy, these will be anchored in my mind for quite some time And let me tell you what, I hope I don t run into deer anytime soon or ever.Basically, put this on your TBR, keep an open mind and set aside a few hours to really let this story seep into your blood stream I ll see you on the other side Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for this early release.

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Imaginary Friend Christopher Is Seven Years Old Christopher Is The New Kid In Town Christopher Has An Imaginary Friend.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 Christopher At Her Side 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 Awful 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 Tree House In The Woods By Christmas, Or His Mother And Everyone In The Town Will Never Be The Same Again.Soon Kate And Christopher Find Themselves In The Fight Of Their Lives, Caught In The Middle Of A War Playing Out Between Good And Evil, With Their Small Town As The Battleground.The Epic Work Of Literary Horror From The 1 Bestselling Author Of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.