Imagine being imaginary. Imagine being real but not. Imagine it. “I live in a strange place in the world...I live in the space between people,” explains an imaginary friend himself (6). Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks is written with words spoken by a young boy’s imaginary friend, Budo. Budo was just “popped into existence” when Max, Budo’s human, imagined him when he was just four years old.
This capturing novel takes the reader into the real world of imagination. One who likes to get lost in the amazing realm of childhood is one who would like this book. As budo describes, "my head was filled with things a four-year-old boy would know (7)." This novel was written with brilliant simplicity as it captured that true essence of a child's innocence. It truly made me feel young again as Dicks writes with such liveliness. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend is filled with creative naivete that it really embodied the nature and beauty of a child’s world.
With so many captivating twists, Budo takes the reader on a heart-touching journey of the truth of life. He even discovers more than what he should know. Budo is just a "boy with a grown-ups brain (5)." With the main theme as i perceived was growing up, i felt as if the reader could experience that road he chooses to take as he learns not just about factual information but what the meaning of life essentially is.
As Budo goes through his world, he’s taken on an adventure filled with surprise. With helping his best imaginary friend, Graham, stay alive to then trying to save the one he cares about most. Budo along with Max, conquer their fears together, both growing up together as well as Budo "escapes the dark and saves the day (310)." But that is what Budo is afraid of most. Budo does not know what will happen to him if he accepts the inevitable truth of the end of childhood. SPOILER Budo only wants one thing though, as he says "if i could just watch the little boy who i love so much grow up, i would be happy (311)."
Dicks, Matthew. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. New York: St. Martin's, 2012. Print.