Book Review: “Memoirs Of An Imaginary Friend” is narrated by Budo, Max’s imaginary friend.
An Autistic Boy:
Max is autistic. Other children don’t attempt to play with him. Budo’s job is to protect Max.
Max is often taunted by bullies, as children who are “different” often are.
Max lives in a world where repetition is his friend. He cannot tolerate change of any kind.
He will only wear seven items of clothing.
Max’s mother frets over him. His father says he’s normal. But deep down, he knows his son is not at all “normal.”
Max’s father goes out to play catch with him. But Max lets the ball roll to his feet, then picks it up. No matter how many times his father tells him how to play, Max does the same thing every time.
Max Gets Stuck:
Sometimes Max gets stuck. This is when he gets so agitated that he doesn’t scream or cry out, but gets stuck in his head and can’t get out. Budo is always there to comfort him until he gets unstuck.
If you read this book you will laugh and you will cry. You will come to understand what it’s like to live in a little boy’s head who sometimes “gets stuck.”
This is a beautiful story, underscored by the author’s lack of embellishment. He successfully manages to tell this story much like a child would tell it.
And therein lies the magic that makes this book a five star winner.