Budo has existed for five years which is a very long time for an imaginary friend. Nine-year-old Max relies on Budo for many things and Budo helps Max both in school and at home.
This very imaginative novel is told from Budo's point of view. We learn about Max's difficulties from Budo. We also learn about the lives of other imaginary friends. Budo looks pretty much like an real-life boy, but other imaginary friends may not be fully formed. Budo can walk through doors because when Max invented him, he imagined Budo walking through doors. Other imaginary friends may not even be human. Other than their "owner," imaginary friends can only be seen and heard by other imaginary friends.
Budo becomes even more important to Max when Max is abducted from school. No one but Budo has any idea where Max is. But since Max is the only person who can see or hear Budo, Budo can't really help very much.
I can't believe that a book about an imaginary friend could have me in it's grip, reading compulsively for just "one more chapter." And I can't believe I cried when Budo was describing his relationship with Max.
I loved this book and I love the way Matthew Dicks writes. Our teacher book club is reading this as our next selection, but I think students from 7th grade on up would also really enjoy Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend!