Friday, December 27, 2019

#BookReview: Imaginary Friend - Stephen Chbosky


3.5/5 Book Emojis

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Publisher - Hachette India 

Pages - 706

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*Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher Hachette India, for an honest review. The views below are unbiased and solely my own.


Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky is a coming of age novel about a boy named Christopher who experiences paranormal "hallucinations" after he moves out of Michigan with his mother Kate. Along with the people in his area, friends and enemies, he finds out some things about an unfortunate reality of the town. 

The characters in this story are very well out there but the way that the story itself is executed is quite disheartening. The opening chapters of the book are very flowy and smooth but as soon as you finish 40%, you start to understand that the author is having a great difficulty in connecting the dots to reach an ending. It is very apparent for me as a writer to see that Chbosky himself may not know what the ending would be because the occurrences in the story are amateur-ly loose ended and random in an underwhelming attempt to keep the reader hooked. 

I really felt the familiar warmth of Stranger Things through the story but in just the core plot strategy. The writing style in the first 10 chapters gave me an inspiration to write as well. I personally don't mind book lengths. The thicker the better, trust me. But the disorganised uncertainty in plot weaving left me disappointed in the potential of the author of my favourite book.

Conclusion: I personally found this book to be a great time killer for my exam season metro rides but wouldn't recommend to someone who is in a dire need of good young adult horror reads.

1 comment:

  1. I don’t think I’ve come across a blogger who loved this book. All the reviews are “meh.” I got it for Christmas, so I’ll get to have my own opinion soon. I loved Perks, so it’s disappointing that this book gets so many bad reviews.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!