Staff Recommends: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Staff Recommends: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Yolanda Lewis grew up in Henry County, graduated from Henry County High School in 1978, and then graduated from Spencerian College with a certificate in Fashion Merchandising. She began a career in the Henry County Public School system, first in Special Education, then served 15 years on the Eminence Board of Education as a Personnel and Accounts Payable Assistant. After a brief retirement, she went back to school at JCTC to become certified in early education, and then began working with preschool – first grade children for five years at Eminence Independent School. Now, she works part-time at the Circulation Desk, which she loves very much. Always interested in furthering her education, she has enrolled at BCTCS this fall to earn her Paraprofessional Certificate in Library Information Technology. Yolanda is a wonderful mother of two children.



What’s the book about?

Instant New York Times Bestseller

One of Fall 2019’s Best Books (People, EW, Lithub, Vox, Washington Post, and more)

A young boy is haunted by a voice in his head in this acclaimed epic of literary horror from the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Christopher is seven years old.
Christopher is the new kid in town.
Christopher has an imaginary friend.

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

Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, Christopher, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with her child. 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 long 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 treehouse in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again.

Twenty years ago, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower made readers everywhere feel infinite. Now, Chbosky has returned with an epic work of literary horror, years in the making, whose grand scale and rich emotion redefine the genre. Read it with the lights on.



Why Yolanda recommends it

Imaginary Friend is a suspense thriller about a seven-year-old boy named Christopher and his mother Kate Reese, who is running from an abusive relationship to a small close-knit community in Pennsylvania called Mill Grove.

Once there, Kate and her son Christopher move into a local motel; Christopher gets enrolled in school, and Kate gets a job at the local nursing home. When Kate gets her first paycheck, she buys a lottery ticket and wins! With her lottery winnings, Kate buys a new home. One day after school when Christopher is supposed to be waiting for his mom to pick him up, Christopher goes exploring and gets lost in the Mission Street woods for six days. When he’s found that’s when the adventure begins, and things are never the same.

If you like suspenseful, edge of your seat thrillers, this is the book for you!

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