I am not imaginary...
Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear.
Max is different from other children. Some people say he has Asperger’s, but most just say he’s “on the spectrum.” None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max unconditionally and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from Mrs. Patterson, a teacher in the Learning Center who believes that she alone is qualified to care for this young boy.
When Mrs. Patterson does the unthinkable, it is up to Budo and a team of imaginary friends to save Max—and Budo must ultimately decide which is more important: Max’s happiness or his own existence.
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is a triumph of courage and imagination that touches on the truths of life, love, and friendship as it races to a heartwarming . . . and heartbreaking conclusion.
"Wow, what a fantastic story. This novel is about Budo and Max. Two best friends, one is imaginary, the other is autistic. You wouldn't think that a boy who doesn't like change, people, or unscheduled meals could have such an interesting life, but Budo, his imaginary friend, not only gives him the courage to live his life, but he may also be the only one who can save it.
Max is a special boy with some very special needs. His day to day life is littered with adults who don't understand him, kids who bully him, and and imaginary friend who always seems to disappoint him. All of this makes Max a vulnerable target and it isn't long before someone takes advantage of his inability to communicate.
This is when the imaginary Budo begins to question his purpose, his existence, and his courage. As Max is put into a horrible situation, Budo realizes that he is the only one who can help Max. With this knowledge, Budo must face his fears to save Max, even if it means risking his own life.
This book reminded me of Perks of Being a Wallflower in many ways, but it is truly a novel in a category all it's own. "