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Imaginary Friend
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
An event two decades in the making, Stephen Chbosky's IMAGINARY FRIEND redefines the horror genre. Read it with the lights on. Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her seven-year-old son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Soon Kate and Christopher find themselves in the fight of their lives, caught in the middle of a war playing out between good and evil, with their small town as the battleground.
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Jenken1998
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I'm going to need a vision check after this one. 700 pages with alrernating type in two days. My eyes need a vacay. Lol. I enjoyed this story that reads a lot like Stephen King and nothing like the authors first book. A classic good vs evil horror with a religious theme. Besides the fact it could of been 300 pages shorter i enjoyed it. 🦌🦌🦌🦌

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MommaReads
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A little late night reading while the hubby sleeps. This book is such a good read! Loving it so far ❤️ #HalloweenReads #ImaginaryFriend #NightOwl #NightReader

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mdemanatee
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Will I finally finish this today? I don‘t know; I feel like I have been listening to if for so long.

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Dont.Panic
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky

"Big Eddie had a heart almost as big as his man boobs."

Pure comedic gold.

MommaReads I just read that part last night. I died laughing and had to read it to my husband 😂 2d
Dont.Panic I did the same!! He said sarcastically, "can't wait for you to say that at my funeral." ??? 1d
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Dont.Panic
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They win the lottery. Pay off all debt. Credit card bills, hospital bills, funeral expenses. They get a new car and buy a house.

Every. Paycheck-to-paycheck. Person's. Dream. 🙋‍♀️That's me.

This book has done nothing wrong, but has already redeemed itself.

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rather_be_reading
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky

Everyone gets an ending. Whether or not it's happy is up to them.

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rather_be_reading
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His voice was so pleasant. Like a warm mug of coffee.

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A nightmare is nothing but a dream gone sick.

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Constellations falling apart ike a puzzle dropped on the floor, shattering into a million pieces.

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...Christopher could feel some of his thoughts leaking out of his skin like a dripping faucet.

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Mrs. Collins slathered concealer over skin. Layer after layer. Like butter on bread.

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...Mrs Collins watched each of her mother's memories follow the last down the rabbit hole.

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The memories came back to her in puzzle pieces.

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She saw every coincidence strung together like popcorn around a Christmas tree.

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Memories she kept locked away like an extinguisher in a glass case.

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rather_be_reading
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Even mosters are adorable when they're young.

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Whatever anger she felt at him for lying melted as quickly as the chocolate in her purse.

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We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

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Some people's fake is more honest than other people's real.

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Some people are born to talk. Others are born to listen. And it's wonderful when the two meet.

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Setting: Mill Grove, Pennsylvania

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Last line: Mary Katherine...

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First line: Dont leave the street.

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Lauren.Archer
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Need to take a break from my current read to start this one.

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MommaReads
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Starting on the beauty today! Can‘t wait to see if it‘s worth the hype! #HalloweenReads #ImaginaryFriend

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jessicadunn31
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Loving this so far.

jessicadunn31 Thank you! 3d
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 2d
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 16h
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katlyn447
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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I actually did it! Managed to finish both #botm books in the same month I ordered them!
I really enjoyed them both, now just waiting for the November picks to come up 📚

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Godpants
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I wanted to love this. I think the first half is actually brilliant. What makes Chbosky such a good story teller is how great he is at building characters, but the reveal for me was... kinda disappointing. More specifics in a nested spoiler comment. #scarathlon #teamStoker 11 points

Godpants The way they revealed the whole imaginary world was just, so cheesy to me. His friends pretty much become completely disposable. I found most of the last 100 pages pretty eye-roll inducing. BUT, I think the end with Mary Elizabeth was VERY good and almost restores things for me. 3d
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 3d
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Chelleymk
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Page 95 and so far loving it

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JacqMac
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This book! It got inside my head. It crawled into my dreams. It was creepy and intense. I loved it! Could it have been shorter? Probably. But I can‘t tell you what I would have cut out. So maybe not. Good vs evil. Love vs hate. You can‘t kill evil with violence. The power of forgiveness. “Everyone gets an ending. Whether or not it‘s happy is up to them.”

#scarathlon #TeamStoker
-over 200 pages
10 pts theme
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LiteraryinLititz Great review! 5d
TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 5d
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thebookblondie
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For the first half of the book, I was totally captivated by the storyline. Christopher is such an unreliable character- do we believe him or don‘t we? I love an unreliable narrator as it keeps the reader guessing. During the second half, I was still interested... until the last quarter. The weird action-fight-battle scene was a bit too much and a bit too long. There were a TON of loose ends and things got religious and made everything awkward.

MonikaSadowski Really? I guess i will put this book to the end of my TBR list :) 3d
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rather_be_reading
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W H O A!! What a book! Chbosky has outdone himself with this book. Definitely has King vibes (which he acknowledged inspired him) and was super creepy. This is the first book that has EVER given me nightmares. Despite being a 700pg book it held my attention the whole way through and it was like I could never read enough each day! The need to know what was happening with Christopher was overwhelming and there definitely was a MAJOR plot twist!

Cinfhen Great review!!!! I‘m tempted but #PageCountPhobia 😳is it YA?!?!?? 1w
Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading Whew! Sounds good, but if it gave you nightmare it would probably stop me from sleeping for the rest of my life!! 😲 1w
rather_be_reading @Cinfhen ik! it was definitely thick! i wouldnt say it is YA 1w
FantasyChick I just started this beast last night and I'm really enjoying it! 7d
Godpants I‘m just under halfway through and I wish I could just stay and bed and read it today! (Good thing I have tomorrow off!) 7d
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Kimberlone
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My #BOTM finally arrived! Now I just need to finish Dracula so that I can read this next! Love the #black cover!

#chillingphotochallenge #scarathlon #teamstoker @TheReadingMermaid

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rather_be_reading
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Dinner is in the oven and it's time to finish this baby up!

DefLeppard Heard that is really good. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lots of tabs!!! 1w
ElizaMarie Curious about the tabs 1w
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CMB 😳 Yeah!!! I found someone who tabs pages, too! Periodically, I stop and review what I‘ve tabbed and then record vocabulary, questions, “big ideas,” personal observations related to the tab, etc. in what I call a “literary journal.” It takes effort to do this but it sure helps impress the story on my decrepit brain 😂 and it‘s always available for handy referral. Worthwhile imo, but it has drawbacks, as well. 1w
rather_be_reading @ElizaMarie sure! i like to mark the first line, last line, key plot points, where the story takes place, words i dont know, quotes i like, metaphors and similes and mistakes. 1w
rather_be_reading @CMB awesome! litsy has been great in helping me get those tabs "written down" . it def takes effort but sooo worth it. Also, if i ever doubt i read the book when i pull it off the shelf i def know i did haha 1w
ElizaMarie Oh that‘s a great way to keep track. I do underline some books (sometimes... I know people have issues with writing in books) I usually only use tabs for like a poetry book then tab poem I like.. 7d
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FantasyChick
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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I am currently suffering from reader ADD. I just can not seem to keep my head in a book lately.

Going to jump into this one for a bit and see how long it holds my attention. I might need a palette cleanser though 😑

#scarathlon #teamslaughter #chillingphotochallenge #black @Clwojick

Clwojick I can definitely relate. I normally read graphic novels, children's books, or novellas when this happens to get me back in to the flow of things. 1w
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rather_be_reading
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Book lunch! I am getting so close to end its unbearable!!

avgeyer How is this?? I have seen some mixed reviews. 1w
Freespirit Lunch looks yum! 1w
rather_be_reading @avgeyer i am absolutely loving it!! 1w
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JacqMac
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Reading this one before bed is giving me the strangest dreams. It‘s now a daytime only book.
#Scarathlon #TeamStoker 1pt
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TheReadingMermaid Oh my goodness! Must be a good book to get inside your head like that 😳 🧟‍♀️ 1w
Alora I never used to dream...or should I say “remember my dreams.” But since I‘ve started reading again I‘ve been dreaming so much! 😍 1w
JacqMac @TheReadingMermaid I‘m half way and it‘s really good so far. 1w
JacqMac @Alora It doesn‘t always happen, but these have been some intense dreams. Lol 1w
rather_be_reading it gaves me nightmares of hissing!! 1w
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rather_be_reading
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Cozy reading time before dinner. This book just keeps getting creepier n creepier!

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Butterflyamore
Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a kid? I cannot remember having one but I‘d be surprised if I didn‘t!

Anyway, my furry, non-imaginary friend and I have created some book spine poetry for you:

Imaginary friend
Here to stay
We cast a shadow
The invisible girls
Fear the darkness
In the days of rain

Caffeinated_Reader Fear the Darkness is wonderful! The whole series is. I am still conflicted about Imaginary Friend, I gave it a 3.5 ⭐️ also yes I did as a kid but it was an animal not a person lol it was a small chicken that followed me around, my parents thought I was nuts. I grew out of it 😅 1w
Itchyfeetreader Love this ! 1w
Butterflyamore @Caffeinated_Reader That‘s pretty cute and creative! 1w
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Caffeinated_Reader @Butterflyamore hehe thanks, I called him Chicken Bock Bock 🤣 he talked but mostly just played with me. I remember laughing a lot. It seriously freaked my parents out. They‘re the religious type, zero tolerance of anything fun. But yeah haha fun memories for sure! 1w
sharread No Imaginary Friends for me. I read Here To Stay, it drove me batty. 🤪🤣 It's an interesting read for sure. 1w
itsjustme40something I loved Imaginary Friend. Can't keep myself from praising it whenever the opportunity strikes 1w
Butterflyamore @sharread I‘m so eager to read it! I read his book The Retreat last month and I loved it. 1w
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rather_be_reading
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So sad I missed him today, but since it is my wedding anniversary I should spend time w the hubby hahha

Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading Happy Anniversary!!! 1w
rather_be_reading @Come-read-with-me ty! ❤ 1w
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eloreads
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Really slow so far, does it get spookier? #botm

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Chili
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It‘s here!!!! I won this on goodreads and it finally arrived. 🥰

JackOBotts I just purchased today on Amazon! Loved “Perks”, so I‘m interested to see where this novel takes us. Enjoy!! 2w
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rather_be_reading
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Spooky book, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donut before a cemetary tour! 👻🎃☠

Texreader Sounds awesome! 2w
JackOBotts Can‘t wait to read this! Enjoy! (“Perks” is an all time fave.) 2w
Twainy BOTM book! It might be the next book I read after The Institute depending how fast that book goes 😁 it looks good?!! 1w
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rather_be_reading @JackOBotts it is totally different than Perks but it is amazing! 1w
rather_be_reading @Twainy Yes! That is exactly what i did! 1w
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FantasyChick
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A "little" book and a little movie on this lazy, rainy Saturday. I love weekends!

#scarathlon #teamslaughter #imaginaryfriend #thecraft #nowisthetimenowisthehour @Clwojick

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ReadingOver50
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I just requested this from the library. I‘m the fifth person in line. Can‘t wait to read it. It sounds so good 😊

StaceyKondla I‘m on pg 150 - it is a slow burn so far 2w
Slajaunie I agree. I‘ve got it on hold at the library when it becomes available. 2w
Reviewsbylola I got this in my BOTM box. I‘m excited for it! 2w
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rather_be_reading
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This book is so creepy with the hissing lady and the nice man and the imaginary side. I had nightmares last night and that NEVER happens from a book!! And it has been super windy the last two days which didnt help me at all!

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rather_be_reading
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Happy Friday!!

Linsy Jealous! 🤤 2w
TheSpineView Looks yummy! 🧡☕ 2w
rather_be_reading @Linsy haha ty! i still had to work after this 2w
rather_be_reading @TheSpineView it was delicious! 2w
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Godpants
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Me and everyone you know are reading this thick guy right now. #scarathlon #teamStoker 1 point.

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 2w
Alora Can‘t wait to read this one! (edited) 1w
Godpants @Alora it‘s so good so far! I‘ll tag you when I finish! 1w
rather_be_reading haha yep! 1w
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Got off early so I came home and cleaned. Now Im reading until my chicken soup is done.

allureofbeauty Mmm chicken soup. 2w
rather_be_reading @allureofbeauty its filling the house with wonderful smells! 2w
allureofbeauty Oh I bet it is lol (edited) 2w
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TalecArashi That soup looks amazing :D 2w
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