Leaving your house in the middle of the night. Knowing your mother is doing her best, but she’s just not as scared as you.


Starting a new school, making friends. Seeing how happy it makes your mother. Hearing a voice, calling out to you.


Following the signs, into the woods. Going missing for six days. Remembering nothing about what happened.


Something that will change everything… And having to save everyone you love.


This is a very long book with 730 pages to read. Christopher is a seven year old boy who’s whole life is a struggle. He is bullied at school, all because he can’t read, and his shorts are too short. Children can be very cruel. His single mum Kate, does the best she can on the little they have, she is a very loving parent, but they don’t have money to spend on fancy clothing or the most nutritious meals.

Things change for Christopher when he begins to see an imaginary friend. This imaginary friend leads Christopher into the woods not far from his school, where some very odd things begin to happen and not all of it makes sense.

The voice tells Christopher to build a tree house, this is the most important thing he is told to do, this house has to be built and finished for the imaginary friend before Christmas, or else.

Christopher is determined to build the treehouse, and works day and night on it, and also enlists the help of some friends. Sneaking out of the house to do this.

Christopher’s life gets more and more strange as the town and imagination become entangled.

I really didn’t enjoy this book as much as I believed I would, for a few reasons ,it’s too long and could have easily have been cut to half the pages. There are things that are repetitive. Almost like it’s just to bulk it out, but that just doesn’t work. Some of the writing is very dark and disturbing. Characters being physically assaulted. There is a lot of violence, a fair bit of swearing and some sex. There are lots of deer and weird things that get mixed up with theology. At times it felt like it was all over the place.

There are some good likeable characters Christopher and his mum Kate, but then you get some really unlikeable characters along the way, that are not even important characters. There were far too many of these, some of their behaviour was not nice to read.

At times the story is completely depressing, and cynical. There are few tense chase scenes that are really well written.

This is classed as a horror story, so not sure why I picked it as horror is not a genre that I would normally read. I know there are lots of people who love that. But even so this book is just too long, I actually wondered what was doing continuing reading it at one stage. Yes there are plot twists that you don’t see coming but for me it just wasn’t enough. Then the book started to become overly religious, making it like God vs the devil.

If you like horror, or spooky then this may suit you, just wasn’t my type of book, unfortunately. This book is due for release on the 1st October 2019.

I would like to thank netgalley and Orion for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


Stephen Chbosky’s first novel, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER has sold over 3.6 million copies in the English language. In the twenty years since, Stephen has become a prominent screenwriter and director. In 2012 he wrote and directed the film adaptation of PERKS. In 2017 penned the live action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and co wrote and directed the screen-lay of the mega-bestselling novel WONDER starring Julia Roberts.

2 thoughts on “IMAGINARY FRIEND By Stephen Chbosky

  1. It was very long which I don’t mind if I am really really loving it, but I didn’t I think half of this could have been removed. Easily. It wasn’t really my type of story either not really into horror, I mean I don’t mind a bit of Steven king and a couple of other writers, a gritty crime drama doesn’t bother me.


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